Classic double bill from The Pad after festival cancelled - Theatre of Hate in town

Theatre of Hate at Esquires, Bedford.
Theatre of Hate at Esquires, Bedford.

Following the cancellation of the recent Alt-Fest in Kettering, The Pad Presents have stepped in at the last minute to secure a classic double bill of bands from the festival’s Friday line up.

The mighty post punk sounds of Theatre Of Hate supported by Leeds Goth legends Skeletal Family will now be taking to the stage at Bedford Esquires on Friday, August 15.

Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate in 1980 from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John ‘Boy’ Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Supporting the likes of The Clash, Ian Dury and Spizz Energi led to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK and abroad.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some special shows.

The band reunited last year as special support when The Damned played at London’s Roundhouse in December.

Kirk, Stan and John ‘Boy’ will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army) and Danny Farrent (Buzzcocks) to pay homage to the iconic TOH sound.

Support at this gig comes from Leeds Goth pioneers Skeletal Family fronted by the haunting vocalist Anne Marie Hurst.

Tickets are £15 online from and in person from Esquires, Bedford and Luscious Juice Bar in Lurke Street.