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The Outcasts - special guests The Gakk

Punk rock band The Outcasts are from Belfast, Northern Ireland formed in 1977. The Outcasts are Martin Cowan and Colin Getgood (better known as Getty) on guitar, Colin Cowan on drums and Greg Cowan on bass and vocals.

Due to a severe lack of venues in Belfast for punk bands, The Outcasts were forced to hire nightclubs to use for private parties, and then playing before the management knew what was happening.

The Outcasts cut their first demo at Wizzard Studios in early 1978 and the resulting demo attracted attention from the recently formed Portadown based label IT Records. March 1978 saw their debut three track 7" single released on the label. A debut album Self Conscious Over You was released in 1979 again on the Good Vibrations label in the UK and it was also released in France on Blitz.

Today the band are fondly remembered by many, and still have a large cult following in France where they toured regularly in the 1980's. The Outcasts had no pretensions. They had no intention of seeking fame and fortune in the bright lights of London. N. Ireland was their home and this is where they kept their base.

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