A POPULAR post-punk band are coming to Cumbria next week.

The Futureheads play at The Brickyard in Carlisle on Sunday, 26 September.

The Sunderland band originally intended to visit the city on April 3, but couldn't due to coronavirus restrictions.

Mark Howlett, promoter at The Brickyard, said: "I’ve been trying to get them [to play] for ages.

"I’ve been booking at the Brickyard since I was 18 and I’ve been trying to get them since the first album came out.

"Then they were just too big instantly so I suppose I’ve had to wait and be patient."

The Futureheads best-known song is a harmony-filled cover of Kate Bush's Hounds of Love.

This made it to number eight in the charts in 2005.

They have also had several other top 40 singles, including The Beginning of the Twist and Decent Days and Nights.

Their first three albums were a commercial success, making it into the top 20 in the UK albums chart.

The band released its most recent album, Powers, in 2019.

Mark Howlett is optimistic that the band will bring a decent crowd.

He said: "I hope [it will be busy].

"You don’t really know at the minute because people have fears with Covid and crowded spaces.

"It’s really hard to gauge how things are going to go really."

The Brickyard reopened at the end of July after being closed for months.

Mark said it has been hard to fill the venue at times.

"It’s been a little bit hit and miss I think.

"I’ve been speaking to Andy the manager and he said that one event they sold maybe a couple of hundred tickets and 50 or 60 people didn’t turn up.

"We’re just kind of finding their feet again almost."

He believes that this gig could mark a change in fortunes for the venue.

"It’s a big name so it gets The Brickyard’s name back out there and starts the whole process of letting the agents know that they’re there, they’re booking and open for business."

The Futureheads play at The Brickyard in Carlisle on Sunday, 26 September at 8pm.

Tickets can be bought through The Brickyard's website.