Punk queen Patti Smith at Scarborough Spa

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Patti Smith – one of the primary catalysts to the emergent New York punk scene, that in turn infiltrated London and beyond – is coming to Scarborough Spa.

The punk pioneer fused rock and poetry into a potent musical mix in New York in the late ‘70s with songs like Because the Night and took part in the rise of punk.

She still makes music today and her 11th studio album Benga, an album inspired by Smith’s unique dreams and observations was released to critical acclaim last year.

She has been making drawings and taking photographs since the late 1960s when she had a romance with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her memoir of those years, Just Kids, earned a National Book Award. Recently she has added installation to her art practice and has had shows in Paris and Spain, as well as a 300-work retrospective organised by the Andy Warhol Museum in 2002.

She will be joined by band mate Tony Shanahan for the gig on Sundy April 21 at 7.30pm.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow - Friday January 18. Box office on 01723 357869