THEATRE OF HATE have their classic  He Who Dares Wins live albums reissued as a deluxe box set next month.

Formed in 1980 by Kirk Brandon, after a handful of singles, Theatre Of Hate took the unusual step of making their debut full-length, He Who Dares Wins, a live album, recorded at Leeds Warehouse in January ’81. Released on their own Burning Rome label, it quickly rose to the top of the Indie Chart.

A second volume, recorded live in Berlin, was released the following year.

Alongside the two original albums, the new 5-CD box set includes two further volumes, recorded at reunion shows at Manchester Academy in 2007 and Bristol Fleece in 2012. A fifth disc adds a previously unreleased show from Brussels Anciennes Belgique in May 1982.

The set is completed with a fully illustrated booklet, with new sleevenotes by Pat Gilbert, featuring interviews with band members.

He Who Dares Wins: Deluxe Edition is set for release through Cherry Red on 26 July. It’s available to pre-order here.


Theatre Of Hate released Kinshi, their first new album in 34 years, last autumn. They play the Westworld Weekend at the Box, Crewe on 11-12 May 2018.

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