Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

A fairytale Christmas in Belfast for Pogues

Infamous Irish band The Pogues are to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a Christmas show in Belfast.

The legendary Pogues, who fuse punk with traditional Irish music, will throw a massive Christmas party at the Nugent Hall (King's Hall Complex) on Saturday, December 22.

The band, led by Shane MacGowan, boasts a back catalogue of numerous songs spanning a quarter of a century, such as The Irish Rover and Dirty Old Town.

But it's the Christmas hit Fairytale of New York, with the late Kirsty McColl, that the Pogues are most famous for.

Originally named Pogue Mahone when they began in 1982, they were forced to change their name because its translation from Gaelic to English was deemed too vulgar ("kiss my a**").

Their gigs became legendary and the band picked up a loyal fan base.

After a rapid rise to fame in the 1980s, five critically acclaimed albums and a nearly constant touring schedule, the band began to suffer from the stress and pressure.

Founding member MacGowan parted with them in 1991.

The Pogues carried on but finally split in 1996. However, the new Millennium saw the band reunite to play to sold-out venues and earning new fans, including Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty and his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss.

Tickets to see the Pogues in concert in the run-up to Christmas go on sale next Friday, September 21, from Virgin and usual Ticketmaster outlets, priced £27.50.

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