Acclaimed punks Chubby and the Gang head to region’s venues this winter

The band will headline the Craufurd Arms on November 21 and Esquires on November 26 – tickets are on sale now.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:18 pm
Chubby and the Gang. Photo by Will Van Hoorn.

London punk five-piece Chubby and the Gang will head to the region for two shows this winter as part of a mammoth 40-date tour.

Gigs at the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes on November 21 and Esquires in Bedford on November 26 will give fans a chance to finally see just why the band has become one of the most exciting and talked-about punk bands over the past year.

Fronted by Charlie Manning, a former cabbie who now also works as an electrician, Chubby and the Gang have been leading a pack of bands coming out of a new wave of British hardcore.

Their 2020 debut Speed Kills was one of the critical surprises of the year thanks to its unrelentingly fun concoction of hardcore, pub rock, doo wop, and blues.

It was produced by Jonah Falco and boasts songs of deep substance and political conscience with a precise sense of time and place.

It received an 8.0 Pitchfork review, Stereogum praised its “massive barroom gang choruses, power chords at breakneck tempos, rock spelled R-A-W-K and visceral gratification,” while The Guardian declared them “UK punk's most vital new band”.

They recently released new single Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice which is part of double A-side 7" out on May 28th via Partisan that will also feature new track Life’s Lemons.

Speaking about the track, frontman Manning said: “I wrote this song about social inequality.

“Not mine but the people I saw around me.

“I feel like the whole premise of poverty is presented like this game in which if you play your cards right you can escape.

“In reality it's more like playing a game of dice when they're loaded against your favour.

“Constantly being struck by lightning and being told that it will never happen again.

“I remember witnessing someone's telephone voice where they had to change their voice when conducting business or applying for jobs so they don't come across as if they are from a lower class.

“I wrote the last verse about that because it disgusted me that in a system supposedly created on meritocracy a human being has to change their identity to try and shake unemployment.

“I've had very few jobs that required me to go for an interview.

“No one really cares who you are when you drive a minicab or lay out cables so I'm lucky in that sense. But many people aren't.”

Both Lightning Don't Strike Twice and Life’s Lemons will appear on the band’s highly anticipated second LP which is due out later this year.

Tickets for all dates are on sale now. For more information, visit

UK/IE Tour Dates:

Nov 4th | Woking - Fiery Bird

Nov 5th | Bournemouth - Anvil

Nov 6th | Coventry - Central Library

Nov 7th | St. Albans - The Horn

Nov 8th | Hull - The Polar Bear

Nov 10th | Hebden Bridge - Trades Club

Nov 11th | Stoke - The Sugarmill

Nov 12th | Blackpool - Bootleg Social

Nov 13th | Edinburgh - Mash House

Nov 14th | Aberdeen - Café Drummond

Nov 16th | Sunderland - Independent

Nov 17th | Huddersfield - Parish

Nov 18th | Liverpool - Jimmy's

Nov 19th | Sheffield - Delicious Clam

Nov 20th | Sheffield - Delicious Clam

Nov 21st | Milton Keynes - Craufurd Arms

Nov 23rd | Exeter - Cavern Club

Nov 24th | Southampton - Joiners

Nov 25th | Oxford - The Bullingdon

Nov 26th | Bedford - Esquires

Nov 27th | Cambridge - Portland Arms

Nov 28th | Southend - Chinnery's

Nov 30th | Tunbridge Wells - Forum

Dec 1st | Margate - Elsewhere

Dec 2nd | Dover - Booking Hall

Dec 3rd | Portsmouth - Guildhall Studio

Dec 4th | Brighton - Green Door Store

Dec 5th | Norwich - Waterfront Studio

Dec 6th | Nottingham - Bodega

Dec 8th | Birmingham - Castle & Falcon

Dec 9th | Leeds - Belgrave Music Hall

Dec 10th | Newcastle - Think Tank

Dec 11th | Glasgow - King Tuts

Dec 12th | Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach

Dec 14th | Manchester - YES

Dec 15th | London - Scala

Dec 17th | Bristol - Exchange

Dec 18th | Dublin - The Workman's Club

Dec 19th | Belfast - Voodoo