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Get to Know - Petesy Burns

Get to Know: Petesy Burns

Petesy Burns is a man of many talents. Member of one of Belfast’s best known punk bands The Outcasts, and now frontman of A.R.S.E., Petesy also has a couple of prominent acting credits to his name.

He contributed to the 2007 Punk Documentary The Day the Country Died, and he made an appearance as the vinyl loving record shop regular Pugwash in the Terri Hooley biopic, Good Vibrations. Get to Know Petesy Burns.

The Outcasts – Petesy Burns (second from right)

Where you’re from: Belfast

Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: Thrown together

Best thing about Northern Ireland music scene: Lots of DIY attitude.

Digital music, CDs or vinyl: Vinyl of course!

Biggest musical influence: Me.

What you’re listening to right now: A lot of Motown.

Favourite venue: Stag’s Head Dundalk.

Best local band of the moment: A.R.S.E.

Last gig you attended: RAR night at the Spirit Store, Dundalk.

Best gig you have ever attended: The Victims Family Barnstormers Dublin.

Favourite album of all time: The Clash – The Clash

Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Mick Jones.

Last thing you do before going onstage: Count my fingers.

Dream festival line-up: Crass, Subhumans, Rudimentary Peni, Bad Beach, The Victims Family, NoMeansNo, The Frantic Four.

You can catch Petesy with The Outcasts in Dundalk’s Spirit Store on 21st April, and they also have dates in Waterford and London in June.


My tastes vary - live in concert I've seen (amongst others) Bob Dylan, The Cure, Morrissey, Johnny Marr (sadly never The Smiths), Van Morrison, David Byrne, Counting Crows, John Prine, Chris Smither, Erasure, They Might be Giants, The Verve, Ben Folds, Georgie Fame, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Loudon Wainwright III. This decade, a lot more home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The 4 of Us. Favourite gigs include Prince in Cork in 1990, Trip to Tipp ’91 & ’92, David Bowie’s Reality tour in 2003.