The Thekla Archives: 2016

The Spitfires, AGMP presents: The Spitfires

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016


The Spitfires

A bold and brash band who were raised on The Clash, The Jam, The Specials, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys. They were formed in September 2012 by Billy Sullivan (vocals, guitar) with Sam Long (bass) and Matt Johnson (drums) . They spent their first two years as trio before augmenting their sound with the addition of Chris Chanell (keyboard, vocals).

Their energetic and powerful live performances have already seen them play over 250 shows and with their growing fan base and reputation it’s no surprise that the band came to the attention of Paul Weller and The Specials who both personally invited them along for support slots in the past 12 months. 

Selling out gigs up and down the country without the support of an agent is no mean feat and in turn has made The Spitfires one of the best live bands that many want to see. 

The band have also been part of advertising campaigns for clothing companies including internationally renowned brands like Merc, Baracuta and Dr Martens and have already racked up radio support at BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and a host of other digital stations.

The 13-track debut album ‘Response’ is out now on vinyl, CD and download on their own ‘Catch 22’ record label, via Republic of Music. 

The album charted at number 63 on the week of release in the UK Album Chart and also at Number 6 in both the UK Independent and Vinyl Charts. 

The current European tour has already seen the first leg sold out and finishes with the band’s biggest headline to date at 229 Club in London in December. 


The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7pm
Ages 14+

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