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Wakefield’s Louise Distras is the modern day voice of punk and with a new album in the offing in 2019 it looks like it’s going to be a big year for West Yorkshire’s finest.

And on her latest UK tour it’s going to be a case of me, myself and I as she ventures out on her Tod. “It’s going to be just me, my guitar and my songs. I can’t wait to hit the road and finally share everything I’ve been working on over the past 12 months.” And what she has been beavering away with is a second album, which is due out before you can say: “The-missing-link-between-Joe-Strummer-and-Joan-Jett”. Her first album, ‘Dreams From the Factory Floor’, showed what she was all about which was snarling punk and protest songs which were powered by industrial amounts of chutzpah. In 2017 Kerrang! slapped her with a ‘Star of 2017’ label, calling her “the most exciting voice in UK punk” and in 2018 she hit us up with the corking single ‘Land of Dope and Glory’, a fire-furnace blast of invective aimed at consumer manipulation by big business. She spent most of 2018 in Oakland, California, however, working with producer Ross Petersen (Goo Goo Dolls, Bruce Springsteen) on her latest long-player which we’ll hear the first fruits of on this tour. See you down the front.

Louise Distras, Thursday 24 January, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £8. thecluny.com