Reunited rock band Mandora to play South Shields gig

South Shields rock band Mandora are playing at the Queen Vic pub in South Shields on Saturday.
South Shields rock band Mandora are playing at the Queen Vic pub in South Shields on Saturday.

A recently reunited rock band is set to take to the stage this weekend.

Mandora are playing at the Queen Vic pub in South Shields on Saturday.

The heavy rock band – made up of Chris Beard, Duncan Binnie, Sean Wilkinson, Darren Parnaby and Paul Binyon – have recently got back together after a 27-year absence from the South Tyneside music scene.

The gig, at the Victoria Road pub, will also have a D-Day theme as it takes place on the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Frontman Paul Binyon, of Whiteleas, South Shields, said: “Back in September 2013 we decided to reform after 27 years. The last time we’d played together in South Shields was at the Amphitheatre in 1987.

“We hired Brinkburn Community Association last year and put on a big concert with all the pyrotechnics and everything. It sold out and went really well.

People had been asking us for ages to get together and do more gigs and we were never sure whether to go for it or not, but we were glad we did.

Paul Binyon, Mandora

“People had been asking us for ages to get together and do more gigs and we were never sure whether to go for it or not, but we were glad we did.

“On the back of that gig, we got invited to play at Brofest, a musical festival in Newcastle and the gigs have kept coming in since then.”

The 47-year-old singer added: “We’ve recorded a new album, called Reborn, and it’s currently at No 10 in the country on the website ReverbNation, which is fantastic.

“We were always a local band but with a much bigger attitude, and we always tried to emulate our heroes like Motley Crue and Kiss, although we didn’t wear as much make-up as they did.

“We’re very excited to be back together and back on the stage. It feels even bigger now somehow.

“Since the gig is on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and we’re all patriotic lads, we’ve got something a bit special lined up as well.”

Entry to the gig is free. Doors open at 7.30pm.