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    Post-punk band set to play first show in TNQ for 36 years

    If you need a friend and don't want to be alone, here's your chance to see Australian post-punk band Sunnyboys in TNQ for the first time in 36 years.

    The band will play a show at the Tanks Art Centre in early 2018 as part of its national tour.

    The February show is the band's third TNQ trip and their second time in Cairns.

    With the Cairns gig added due to popular demand, the band will perform material from across their entire catalogue including their three albums for Mushroom, the infamous debut ep on the Phantom label and even the odd b-side or rarity.

    After a 21 year break, Sunnyboys re-entered the fray in 2012 at the behest of a Hoodoo Gurus invitation after agreeing to regroup "just for fun and for old times' sake".

    Six years later and Sunnyboys 2.0 have notched up a resume the envy of any band - contemporary or vintage - including a co-headline appearance to 45,000 people for A Day On The Green 2015; a succession of sold-out shows at Sydney's Enmore Theatre and the Sydney Opera House, a venue attendance record at the Coolangatta Hotel (previously held by Noiseworks) plus sold-out shows (multiple times over) in Melbourne, Byron Bay, Perth and venues across the nation.

    The current edition of Sunnyboys features all the original members who are making the most of their second chance as a touring outfit.

    "We really didn't think we would ever play again as a band. But wow, we have and we sure are having a bloody great time doing it," band member Peter Oxley said.

    “To think we have now been together again as a band longer than the early days is amazing. We did not set out to do this of course, it just happened."

    Tickets go on sale at 9am on 20 November 2017, click here for more information.