AN up-and-coming band are to play a thank-you gig for fans at a County Durham village pub.

The Riffs are to play at the Cross Keys in Gainford tonight, before embarking on a nationwide tour.

The band consists of Dave Brittle, Mark Dunn and Paul Hayman, all 25, from Darlington, and Terry Jerrom, 34, from Gainford.

They have been touted as the next Oasis in NME and have signed a deal with a management company.

The band has been together for about two years and the musicians describe their music as indie with a punk edge.

The gig at the Cross Keys starts at 9pm.