The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll.
Even by the standards of that decade, Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere. With no live bands owrth watching, they learned by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One. Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording John O’Neill’s ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.
2016 marked the band’s 40th anniversary. They celebrated with a variety of scorching live performances at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe. The reviews have bene glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as or better than ever before.
2017 will see the band continue to play plenty of live shows including a UK and European tour and they will embark on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand.