In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate 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.

Theatre Of Hate's debut double-A-side single, "Legon"/"Original Sin", topped the independent chart in 1980, and "Westworld", their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, "Do You Believe In The Westworld?" has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash, Ian Dury and Spizz Energi lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

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 very special shows.

Having been asked by John Curd to join The Damned for a massive show at London's infamous Roundhouse in December 2013 the band once again joined the fray. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews and so 2014 will see the band play at Alt-Fest before embarking on another 6 night run across the UK during the first week of December.

Kirk, Stan and John 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.


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  • Just noticed this, Saw a vid of Spear of Destiny over the weekend in Crewe and Kirk was still sounding EPIC, can't wait to see these, long time favs

    from Essex, UK