The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill, Damian O’Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty & Michael Bradley) learning how to play basic rock and roll, eventually leading to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops.
Over the next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as ‘Here Comes The Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’, whilst Damian O’Neill & Michael Bradley contributed ,My Perfect Cousin’. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left and the remaining members decided to call it a day, remaining silent for the next sixteen years. In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, with fellow Derryman Paul McLoone on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence convinced any doubters that he was more than capable of doing the job.
The band released a critically acclaimed album of new songs called Get What You Need, and 2016 marked their 40th Anniversary, celebrated with a variety of scorching live performances throughout the UK and Europe. The reviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as, or better than ever before. After a brilliant set at the first SVF South in 2018 we had to get them back, so by huge popular demand, it’s a big welcome for the band to SVF South III.