Surf Sluts, End of an Era

After 17 years of delivering high energy performances and recording songs about zombies, drink and surfing, popular surf-rock band the Surf Sluts will be calling it a day after their performance at York’s Little Festival of Live Music this coming weekend.

The members of the band came together in late 1999 when their original bands – the Suicidal Flowers, God’s Little Monkeys and the Incinerators disbanded to pursue other projects. Since then, the Surf Sluts, who are regularly dubbed as “the weirdest band in York”, have been entertaining audiences across the country with their unconventional and humorous approach to music.

Fez the lead singer of the Surf Sluts says: “It was a tough decision, but we all felt it was the right time for the band to finally go to bed. It is fitting that our final show will be at York’s Little Festival of Live Music on 1st October, as it has been something we’ve been very lucky to play each year thanks to Ellen. We would really appreciate as many of you as possible to come along to our final gig for one last hurrah. It’s going to be an emotional day.”

The band whose music has been heavily influenced by the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s adds a touch of energetic rock and roll to each of their nonsensical songs, which has led them to generate a large fan-base. Since 1999, they have released a number of EPs, introduced new members into the band and performed many sell-out gigs, including at The Basement in York.

The band are well-known for being the veterans of York’s Little Festival of Live Music and the festival team regularly receive emails from existing and new fans praising the Surf Sluts and asking if they can come back year-after-year.

Ellen Cole, Director of York’s Little Festival of Live Music says: “It is going to be very weird next year without the Surf Sluts, I always thought we would be festivaling together until we reached retirement age. I will however, always be thankful to them for giving our audiences something completely different. I have never seen a band like the Surf Sluts and I don’t think I would ever see another one like them.”

The Surf Sluts will be performing their final gig on Saturday 1st October at 8pm in the Music Marquee on Parliament Street. Other acts who will be performing during the event include Jess Gardham, Laura Kindelan and North Lincolnshire folk extravaganza Ramble Gamble. Admission into the event is free and is completely accessible for those with mobility problems. The music starts each day at 5pm and will end at approximately 9pm.

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