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The Wildhearts announce December Tour

The Wildhearts set out on a 5 date UK tour this December, including Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash at the O2 Forum in London on December 17th.

The Wildhearts, with the line up of Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, bassist Jon Poole and Ritch Battersby on drums, are supported by Danny McCormack’s new band The Main Grains and Dirt Box Disco for the first 3 shows. The Manchester show will see Hey! Hello! in place of Dirt Box Disco and Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash in London features a formidable seven bands.

On top of this Danny will be joining The Wildhearts each night for a few songs on the encore.

Full dates are:
Wed 14th – Glasgow O2 ABC – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Thur 15th – Newcastle Riverside – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Fri 16th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Sat 17th – London O2 Forum – w/ 7 band bill inc. Dirt Box Disco, Hey! Hello! and The Main Grains
Sun 18th – Manchester Ritz – w/ Hey! Hello! & The Main Grains

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 23rd at 9.00am.

These shows have led Ginger to exclaim…

“It’s going to be another very messy Xmas, with me and the lads playing non-stop party songs from throughout our career. And I’m especially looking forward to sharing a stage with Danny again. These shows will be a celebration of life, and it brings together two people who should be dead by now. The Birthday Bash is particularly insane this year, featuring a seven band bill.

All in all, it’s gonna be a cool yule.

New & Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

New and rescheduled Hey! Hello! UK tour dates for April 2016.

15/04/16, Wolves – Slade Rooms
16/04/16, Stockton – Georgian Theatre
17/04/16, Manchester – Academy 3
18/04/16, Newcastle – Academy 2
20/04/16, Glasgow – Cathouse
21/04/16, Edinburgh – Electric Circus
22/04/16, York – Fibbers
23/04/16, Stoke – Sugarmill
24/04/16, Sheffield – Corporation
26/04/16, Bristol – Fleece
27/04/16, Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
28/04/16, Southampton – Joiners

The Hey! Hello! tour is preceded by the rescheduled birthday show, now the Ginger Wildheart Show, at the O2 Forum in London on 1st April.

Ginger Wildheart Birthday Show 2015

This year’s Ginger Wildheart Birthday show has now been confirmed, with The Ginger Wildheart Band hosting and Hey! Hello! guesting: get your tickets now!

Thursday 17th December is the date (of course) and London’s Kentish Town Forum is the place.

Expect the usual carnage, chaos & familiar faces.

Tickets available from TicketMaster

Ginger’s 50th Birthday Show

Ginger’s 50th birthday gig was a resounding success, with guests a plenty and more great songs than you can throw a guitar at

A selection of photos from the show:

The Birthday Bash Is Back

To celebrate Ginger’s half-century in style, the Birthday Bash is back again for 2014.

Says Ginger: “I suspect this one is gonna be a bit insane.”

Details are scant at the moment, so we can’t even say ‘expect surprises’ with any certainty.

Tickets for ‘Oh Fuck I’m 50’ at London’s Kentish Town Forum, on Dec 17th, go on sale Tuesday April 29th.

Ginger’s Birthday Gig 2013

Ginger’s birthday gig of 2013 was a roaring success, strewn with guests and featuring several Ginger band incarnations from Hey! Hello! to the Ginger Wildheart Band to The Wildhearts.

Read on, for the story of the show:

Ginger’s Birthday Bash: Tickets Now On Sale

Following sellout shows over the last four years, we once again return to London to celebrate Ginger’s Birthday on the 17th December 2013.

Arguably the most anticipated live show of the year among fans, this year’s event will be held at KOKO in Camden.

In past years we’ve had reformations, reunions and special guests galore. What will happen this year? The only way to find out is to be there!

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketweb. This event will sell out, and quickly, so don’t delay or you risk missing this year’s surprises.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event page. See You There!

Birthday Gig 2012

The Ginger birthday gig went off in riotous, confetti cannon fashion last night in London. Read on for setlists and a few photos from the show.

The Ginger Wildheart Band.  Photo by Trudi Knight (

Ginger Wildheart Band – setlist from
Just Another Song About Someone
How I Survived The Punk Wars
Girls Are Better Than Boys
Taste Aversion
Forget About It
Surrender (Cheap Trick cover, with Alex Kane)
Sonic Shake (with Alex Kane)

The Ginger Wildheart Band.  Photo by Trudi Knight (

The Wildhearts – setlist from
Nothing Ever Changes but the Shoes
TV Tan
Sick of Drugs
Red Light Green Light
Girlfriend Clothes
Dreaming in A
Someone That Won’t Let Me Go
Mazel Tov Cocktail
Caffeine Bomb
Geordie in Wonderland
Beautiful Thing You
29 x The Pain
Love U ’til I Don’t

The view from the stage.  Photo by Rich Jones

Nita Nitro
Happy Birthday (with Jake & cake)
Vanilla Radio (with Jake)
Is This the Life (Cardiacs cover with 4 guitarists: CJ, Chris Catalyst, Random (and vocals), Kavus Torabi, Dom Lawson bass, Ginger drums
White Lies (with Warner E. Hodges)
My Baby Is a Headfuck (with Jef Streatfield and Warner E. Hodges)
I Wanna Go Where the People Go

The Wildhearts post gig.  Photo by Trudi Knight (

Ginger’s smileybones birthday cake created and delivered by Lee Sinclair from Custom Cakes UK of Bristol
Smileybones Cake, Photo by Lee Sinclair

Also for those that missed it, merchandise from the show is now in the webstore

Ginger Birthday Gig Early Start

We’re hearing from Rich Jones, that the Birthday gig will have an early start tomorrow, with doors at 6pm and Ginger on-stage at 6:30. This is because of a 10pm curfew at the venue.

So please let people know to get down early in order to catch the full set. Note no support bands for this one. More news as we get it.

Ginger And Friends Tour Kicks Off

Now that the Triple Album Project has hit the halfway point, it’s time for Ginger to take a break.

Of course, since Ginger doesn’t really do ‘time off’, and given that a change is as good as a rest, he’s heading out on tour instead for a thirteen night Rock’n’Roll Christmas party.

Starting in Swansea tonight, Ginger and Friends take in the Hard Rock Hell festival tomorrow before a flying visit to Finland. The band then hits a UK venue near you in the build-up to a two night stay in London for the long sold out Islington Birthday show on December 17th, and a final blow out at the Relentless Garage the night after.

The friends joining Ginger this time around are ‘Random’ Jon Poole, Rich Jones and Denzil for the Hard Rock Hell and Helsinki shows. And meeting them at the airport when they get back will be Chris Catalyst and Victoria Liedtke who will join them for the rest of the tour.

The boys (and girl!) will be performing a fully electrified set, and will be playing a variety of material including many rarely played Wildhearts songs – plus a healthy serving of tracks from Ginger’s solo releases.

The full list of dates, along with ticket links is as follows:
The Ginger and Friends tour poster

  • Thu 01st Dec – Swansea, Sin City (Tickets)
  • Fri 02nd Dec – Hard Rock Hell (Tickets)
  • Sat 03rd Dec – Helsinki, On The Rocks (Tickets)
  • Wed 07th Dec – Manchester, Moho Live (Tickets)
  • Thu 08th Dec – Glasgow, Garage (Tickets)
  • Fri 09th Dec – Newcastle, Academy (Tickets)
  • Sat 10th Dec – Leeds, Cockpit (Tickets)
  • Sun 11th Dec – Southampton, Talking Heads (Tickets)
  • Mon 12th Dec – Norwich, Waterfront (Tickets)
  • Tue 13th Dec – Bristol, Fleece (Tickets)
  • Thu 15th Dec – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun (Tickets)
  • Sat 17th Dec – London, Islington Academy (Birthday Show) SOLD OUT
  • Sun 18th Dec – London, Relentless Garage (Tickets)

Support on all dates is Hawkeyes and Exit_International, except Swansea (supported by Exit_International only) and Helsinki (supported by Stalingrad Cowgirls). Note there will be no support acts at the birthday gig to allow more time for Ginger.

Tickets for the UK shows (excluding Hard Rock Hell) are priced £12.50 (£15 in London).