The Wood Burning Savages

Derry City, County Derry

Provocative alternative-punks The Wood Burning Savages are an incendiary four piece from Derry that proudly wear the rebel spirit of their hometown on their sleeves.

Recent winners of the NI Music Prize, their ferocious debut album ‘Stability’ beat out the likes of Snow Patrol, Ash and Bicep to be the first self released artist to win Northern Ireland Album of the Year. The band also took home the prize of Northern Ireland's Best Live Act.

With blistering riffs and a sharp political edge, they are often compared to IDLES, Frank Turner and The Clash.

Having played in session for BBC Radio 6 Music and Ireland’s Today FM, the band has also been championed by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, RTÉ 2FM and Amazing Radio.

The band kicked off 2019 by joining Skinny Lister for their extensive UK tour and supported alternative rock legends Therapy? on their sell out tour across Ireland this Spring.

They’ve previously supported bands such as The Amazons, VANT, And So I Watch You From Afar and were invited by Death From Above 1979 to open the Irish leg of their European tour after crossing paths at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

This upcoming festival season will see the band play Glastonbury, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Sea Sessions (IRL) and Vestrock (NL).


“They embody the spirit of rebellion perfectly.”

– Rolling Stone Magazine

“Any independent or major label worth its salt really needs to start paying close attention, as new bands rarely emerge as fully realised, ambitious and insightful as this...”

– The Irish Times / ‘Stability’ 4/5

"In Paul Connolly, they have one of the next generation's great rock frontmen."

– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Muisc

“Smart, fearsome, passionate rock music that punches you right in the heart.”

– Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol

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