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Belfast punks the Outcasts back with some good vibrations

By John Mulgrew

Belfast punks the Outcasts are set to return to their home city later this month as the four-piece get ready to hit the stage once again.

The badboys of the Northern Ireland scene in the 1970s and 80s are teaming up with English punks Goldblade, and Dublin’s Paranoid Visions.

The Outcasts first shot to fame after joining forces with punk godfather, Terri Hooley under his Good Vibrations label.

Hooley's life story was told during 2012's critically acclaimed and moving biopic - which featured the band during their early days.

Former in 1977, the Outcasts were formed by brothers Greg, Colin and Martin Cowan.

They earned themselves support slots to various punk luminaries including The Clash at the Ulster Hall and have also recorded sessions for John Peel on BBC Radio.

Frontman Greg Cowan thanked fans for making their comeback a reality.

"After reforming in 2012 we have had an incredible few years performing all over Europe at different punk festivals, he said.

"We love putting together a show and are so excited to gig in Belfast and Dublin.

"It's amazing that having started out in 1977, we didn’t expect to still be playing a year later let alone be performing in venues across Ireland in 2014."

The Outcasts will hit the stage at Belfast's Voodoo on January 31, and Dublin's Fibber Magees on February 1

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