Dust off your double denim and leather and skip that trip to the barber – New Wave of British Metal legends Saxon are set to play a Dublin gig this May.

They headline Dublin’s Academy on May 1 and tickets priced €24 inclusive of booking fee go on sale this Friday, January 11, at 9am.

The band, lead by veteran singer Biff Byford, were trailblazers of the UK’s new metal movement in the late seventies and early eighties and have released 19 albums since their formation in Barnsley, Yorkshire in 1976.

Saxon: Princes of the night

The five piece, who have been cited as Metallica and Megadeth as a major influence, release their new album Sacrifice in February, the follow up to 2011's A Call To Arms and an album which Byford describes bluntly as “Less tricks, more power!”

Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release including an orchestrated version of Crusader and an acoustic version of Frozen Rainbow.