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Dropkick Murphys shipping up to Penticton

One of the world’s biggest punk bands, Dropkick Murphys will bring their blend of punk rock, Irish rock and hardcore music to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Sunday, Sept. 28 for an energetic, adrenaline-pumping show.

Formed in 1996 in Boston, MA, the Irish-American punk rock band began in the basement of a barbershop. Originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun, the Dropkick Murphys have grown into one of the most popular punk bands in the world. Citing their influence as The Clash, The Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen, the Dropkick Murphys have blended their diverse musical influences to create a distinct loud, raucous, chaotic sound that cannot be replicated.

To date, the Dropkick Murphys have released numerous singles and EPs, a live album and DVD and eight full length albums. In 2004, Dropkick Murphys released a punk version of Tessie, the turn-of-the-century fight song for the Boston Red Sox. It became the theme song to the Red Sox's historic World Series win in 2004. Catapulting the band to new heights was the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie The Departed featuring the Dropkick Murphys’ I’m Shipping Up to Boston. The Dropkick Murphys have performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as all the biggest music festivals in Japan, Australia, the UK and Europe.

The Dropkick Murphys’ goal is to play music that creates an all for one, one for all environment. Music lovers are encouraged to participate and sing along to their adrenalin fuelled show. In the true spirit of punk rock, the Dropkick Murphys view themselves and the audience as one in the same; in other words the stage and the microphone is the audiences’.

Tickets for Dropkick Murphys are $28 (plus applicable service fees) general admission and increase day of show. Tickets can be purchased at www.ValleyFirstTix.com, by telephone at 1-877-SOEC-TIX (763-2849), or in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) and Wine Country Visitor Centre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

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