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12 bands you can see at this year's North East Calling festival

Sham 69 are the headliners at North East Calling 2018.
Sham 69 are the headliners at North East Calling 2018.

It's that time of year again when all the old punks - and a few younger ones too - come out to play.

This weekend is the latest incarnation of North East Calling, the region's very own all-day punk festival.

Beginning as Durham Punk festival in 2005, it moved to Newcastle in 2013, and after a year the O2 Academy, seems to have settled at Northumbria University.

This year's line-up features the usual mix of heritage bands and newer acts, but there's one in particular that promoter Jon Conner is excited about.

"We've got Steve Ignorant, the singer from anarcho-punks Crass, performing with Irish band Paranoid Visions.

"They'll be doing a set of Crass songs, which is quite rare, and I think they'll go down a storm."

This year headliners are Sham 69, featuring singer Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Dave Treganna from the 'classic' line-up, and ace new drummer Robin Guy.

Second on the bill are South Shields' own Angelic Upstarts, who have played the festival more times than any other band.

This year promises to be a memorable one - they're playing their 1979 debut album Teenage Warning in full.

Another local band on the bill are Jarrow street-punks Crashed Out, who are returning after a four-year gap.

Dirt Box Disco, one of the biggest up and coming bands on the punk scene, return for a third year in a row, while there are debut appearances for Hung Like Hanratty and Knock Off.

Flick through the slideshow of pictures to see the full line-up and stage times. Tickets for the all-day festival are still available on the door, priced £30.