Cult Cleethorpes trio Orphan Boy are back together and back on the road, and topping a packed bill at Hitchin’s Club 85 on Friday night.

They split in 2011 in frustration after failing to find the commercial success to build on critical acclaim as the successors to the likes of distinctly British bands like The Jam, The Smiths and Oasis merited.

For every Arctic Monkeys that breaks through from the provinces, there are plenty of Orphan Boy stories – but the split didn’t stick.

“We tried to live normal lives for a year and failed,” says front man Rob Cross.

They’ve released a lauded new album, Coastal Tones, and you can see why they are so well-regarded when they make a rare foray south to take pride of place on a bill that includes support from Live/Learn, Eskimos and Cardinal Kings.

It’s only £5 in advance or £7 on the door, and you can find out more online at