The Lubetkin Theatre Play Host to Anarchic Band Chumbawamba

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 01:00

An anarchic band famed for a 1990s football anthem-style hit are set to wow fans in East Durham.

Chumbawamba, who had a hit in 1997 with the catchy single Tubthumping, which had the lyrics "I get knocked down but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down", will perform at East Durham College's Lubetkin Theatre next month.

The gig is the group's only North-East show and fans are being urged to book early.

Billy Nicholson, Programme Director at The Lubetkin Theatre, said: "I'm delighted to have a band with such a massive status play here at Peterlee and I hope this will be the start of big name acts performing in the region."

Mr Nicholson said the band were intrigued to hear the background of the name of the theatre, which was named after renowned early 20th century architect Berthold Lubetkin.

Lubetkin was the original master planner and chief architect for Peterlee Town Council and envisaged a new town that was a "dream of our time" in 1948.

But his plans for high-rise buildings were scuppered after the continued extraction of coal caused a risk of subsidence and, frustrated at his vision being ruined by Government red tape, he resigned in 1949.

Mr Nicholson said: "Chumbawamba were thrilled with the opportunity to play at The Lubetkin Theatre."

They are joined on the tour by O'Hooley & Tidow and the gig takes place at the College, in Willerby Grove, Peterlee, at 8pm on Saturday, March 6.

Tickets are £10 and can be obtained from the Box Office on 0191 518 2000.