The Partisans

Sunday, May 27 | 6:30 PM
Festival Stage

The band formed in early 1978, with an original line-up of Phil Stanton (vocals), Rob “Spike” Harrington (guitar and vocals), Andy Lealand (guitar), Mark “Shark” Harris (drums), and Mark “Savage” Parsons (bass guitar). Parsons and Stanton left in 1979, with Spike moving to lead vocals, and Lealand’s girlfriend Louise Wright joining on bass.

Influenced by the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones, the band started off covering punk rock hits and soon started to compose their own material. They were the second band signed to Chris Berry’s No Future Records label, and their debut release, the double A-sided Police story/Killing machine was released on 28 September 1981. It reached #5 on the UK Indie Chart, on the back of a tour with label-mates Blitz, and with strong support from Sounds writer Garry Bushell.