Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Fairytale return as Pogues book Christmas party at King’s Hall

Following on from their successful 25th anniversary show at the King’s Hall last year, rabble-rousing celtic legends the Pogues are set to bring their blend of infectious folk punk music back to Belfast later this year for another pre-Christmas performance.

The group, which has split up and reformed twice since they first formed in 1982, will return to the King’s Hall on December 6, which should please faithful fans.

Last year the Pogues only date in Belfast was sold out. It was the first time the group had been back in the province in more than a decade.

The 25th anniversary show also came hot off the heels from a controversial decision by the BBC to bleep a word from one of their tracks on its popular youth radio station Radio 1.

Fairytale of New York, arguably the group’s most famous song, was on track to becoming the 2007 Christmas number one thanks largely to internet downloads prompting BBC bosses to ban a word.

In the song, which was released 20 years ago, the late Kirsty MacColl sings the lyrics ‘You scumbag, you maggot/You cheap lousy faggot’ as her character argues with a drunkard sung by the Pogues’ notorious frontman Shane MacGowan.

Following thousands of complaints, many of which labelled the decision as political correctness gone mad, the national broadcaster overturned its decision and allowed the word to be played on air.

And when the Pogues appeared on stage last year there was no holding back on the lyrics either.

MacGowan was joined by controversial singer Sinead O’Connor who thrilled fans when she appeared in a sexy Santa suit to sing the duet, belting out those infamous lyrics which caused so much controversy and ironically alerted more people to the word.

It is not known at this stage who will be the special guests at this year’s show but fans will not be disappointed going by last year’s surprise.

Tickets cost £30 and go on sale today through Ticketmaster.

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