TOUR NEWS : BILLY BRAGG – ANNOUNCES THE ROARING FORTY TOUR (UK & IRELAND)

BILLY BRAGG 

ANNOUNCES THE ROARING FORTY UK/IRELAND TOUR

PRE-SALE TICKETS FOR THE TOUR ARE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER CAREER SPANNING ALBUM ‘THE ROARING FORTY’ FROM THE OFFICIAL STORE BY 5PM ON MONDAY 27TH MARCH HERE –https://bbragg.lnk.to/theroaringforty

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FRIDAY 31ST MARCH AT 10AM from www.billybragg.co.uk

As part of his celebrations to mark 40 years in music, Billy Bragg has announced a tour of the UK and Ireland in the autumn. The full list of dates is below:

THE ROARING FORTY TOUR | 2023

November

Tue 14    BRIGHTON       Dome

Wed 15   PORTSMOUTH   Guildhall

Thu 16    CAMBRIDGE     Corn Exchange

Mon 20   CORK                Cyprus Avenue

Tue 21    DUBLIN            The National Concert Hall

Wed 22   BELFAST           Mandela Hall

Fri 24     CARDIFF           Tramshed

Sat 25    BIRMINGHAM    Town Hall

Sun 26   LEEDS               O2 Academy

Tue 28    EDINBURGH      Usher Hall

Thu 30   MANCHESTER    O2 Apollo

December

Fri 01    GATESHEAD      Sage

Sat 02   NOTTINGHAM    Rock City

Tue 05   BRISTOL           Beacon

Wed 06  LONDON           The Roundhouse

Says Billy: “Doesn’t seem like just that long ago that I was playing Thursday nights at the Tunnel in Greenwich, opening for whoever was headlining that night. I learned my chops there in late 82/early83 and I’m still putting those lessons to good use 40 years later. Hope to see some of you on the Roaring Forty tour this autumn.”

Punk rocker, soldier, Essex boy, folk singer, Skiffle aficionado, protest singers’ protest singer, patriot, optimist, lefty polemicist, author, soul miner, musicologist, champion of the underclasses, Cockney vocalist and all round decent bloke Billy Bragg will release a career spanning 14-disc deluxe box set (3 LP and single LP versions also available) entitled ‘The Roaring Forty | 1983-2023’ on 27th October ’23 on Cooking Vinyl.

‘The Roaring Forty | 1983-2023’ celebrates the remarkable and enduring musical legacy of a much-loved songwriter, principled activist and alternative national treasure.

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for 40 years. He has released 11 solo studio albums: Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy (1983); Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (1984); Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (1986); Workers Playtime (1988); The Internationale (1990); Don’t Try This At Home (1991); William Bloke (1996); England, Half English (2002); Mr Love & Justice (2008); Tooth & Nail (2013); The Million Things That Never Happened (2021); three albums with Wilco – (Grammy nominatedMermaid Avenue (1998); Mermaid Avenue Vol II (2000); Mermaid Avenue Vol III (2012); and one album with Joe Henry – Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad (2016). He released a mini album Bridges Not Walls in 2017. His performances at the BBC were anthologised in The Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983-2019 (2019).

Billy Bragg added best-selling author/musicologist to his CV with the success of his acclaimed 2017 book Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World. He has written two books of political analysis –  The Progressive Patriot: A Search For Belonging (2006) and The Three Dimensions of Freedom (2019), which has been translated into German and Spanish.

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