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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.


Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!