SOUTH African band Gage will be returning to Cumbria as part of their 2018 UK tour.

The hard rock trio appeared in the region last year, and return for a further six performances in the county this July.

Having proved popular on their last Cumbrian outing, they will kick off their third international tour with a return to Wigton.

The first date is at the John Peel Theatre on Friday July 20, followed by Aspatria Music Festival on Saturday 21, and Netherhall Old Boys Club in Maryport later the same day, before playing at the Navy Club in Maryport on Sunday 22.

A short run of shows in the south of England and Wales is followed by a further two gigs in Cumbria, at the Maryport Blues Festival and then the Fletcher Christian in Cockermouth - both on Saturday July 28.

Adding to the Cumbrian aspect of the tour, Wigton guitarist Cameron Anderson, formerly of Salvation, will be accompanying them for all shows.

Hailing from Kimberley, in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, Gage present an astounding set of original hard rock, rivalling the tones of AC/DC, Bon Jovi and many more.

With a punchy attack on percussion, searing vocals, soaring guitar solos and driving bass, they proved so popular in 2017.

Formed in 2007, to date Gage have recorded three albums: 2010's debut, Empty Spaces; the 2014 follow-up, Break the Silence; and most recent effort, For The Fans.

Having featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and on News Channel 24, they have gone on to play some of their home nation's biggest music festivals, such as SplashyFen, Oppikoppi and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and supporting African rock legends like Wonderboom, Mean Mr Mustard, Crash Car Burn and Prime Circle.

Tickets for the Cumbrian dates are available from the respective venues and festival websites.