“…they've got the essential mix of blind insanity, humour and simple, pure energy that has made them one of the most adored bands to have ever come out of this country.” Punktastic
“Unbelievably tight and adrenaline-fuelled… Lightyear have one of the most entertaining live shows you’ll ever see.” Drowned In Sound
“Crazy, chaotic and a whole lot of fun.” Leeds Music Scene

Derby’s finest punk outfit Lightyear, will be tearing up venues across the UK once more to perform 6 final explosive shows. Sponsored by Big Cheese magazine, the tour will celebrate 15 years of the band’s legendary antics.

Announcing Lightyear’s reformation online, vocalist Chas Palmer-Williams says, "We know this might raise a few chuckles. It's been 15 years since Lightyear began. We started it simply to have fun. We stopped it because it became not fun. We wanted to stay friends, but we ended up not even seeing each other really. We want to hang out with each other again, so we are doing 6 dates in June! It would be wicked to see old and new friends.”
Fans can expect to enjoy their classic on stage shenanigans, though older may not mean wiser as this video clip could suggest (The touring pig is still to be confirmed).

Catch Lightyear at the following venues:

JUNE 2012
22 BRISTOL THE CROFT w Anti Vigilante, Our Time Down Here
23 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY w Anti Vigilante, Above Them
25 NEWCASTLE TRILLIANS w New Town Kings, Above Them
26 MANCHESTER MOHO LIVE w New Town Kings, Above Them
27 BRIGHTON THE HAUNT w New Town Kings, Tyrannosaurus Alan 2
28 LONDON ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY w New Town Kings, Anti Vigilante, Tyrannosaurus Alan

Tickets are on sale now. For outlets and more information, visit

Formed in Derby, England during 1997, Lightyear mixed punk, hardcore and pop influences into their songs and rapidly became one of the most dynamic and unpredictable UK bands. Their live experience is described as "a bouncing, energy driven orgy of jumping brass, diving vocalists, underpinned by infectious tunes that leave every foot tapping”.

Although committed to the independent ethos of punk rock, they also gained fans and a reputation in the underground scene for their riotous antics, touring with the likes of Capdown, Mad Caddies, Goldfinger, Slow Gherkin, 311, Mustard Plug, Big D and the Kids Table, Save Ferris, Nerf Herder and Suicide Machines. The band also performed at the infamous 'Holidays in the Sun' for two years running and the Carling Weekend Festivals; a career highlight for the band which, in their opinion, they technically “headlined” after an impromptu set dressed as ninjas unofficially closing the festival.

In contrast, Lightyear have also played with OPM, and in February 2003 were invited to support Steve-O from MTV's Jackass show on a sell out UK tour. They were later kicked off this tour by a promoter whom Chas described as ‘an absolute bonehead' in an interview with Punktastic.

Lightyear is, Chas Palmer-Williams (vocals), Neil Draycott (trumpet, vocals, Nelb Cowie (guitar, vocals), Ben Ashton (saxophone, vocals), Jim Harrison (drums), Mark Wood (trumpet, vocals), Bars Barling (bass, vocals).


May 3, 2012 11:01am ET by Lightyear   Comments (0)

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