No time for sleeping as troubadour ensembles get set for headline dates
Tickets are guaranteed to fly out of the box office for a fine quartet of shows coming up at Plymouth Pavilions in the next few months when they are released for sale today.
Topping the list, in my book at least, is Frank Turner's headline show, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, with his band the Sleeping Souls.
The slow-burn star of the English country folk pop world, Frank is one of those artists who has been earning his spurs at grassroots level for years before finally achieving mainstream acclaim.
When I first wrote about him back in 2007 he was gigging in intimate venues like Exeter's Cavern and the now defunct Cuckoo Bar in Truro. Slowly his charm and charisma, his catchy tunes and forthright words about life, love and politics started a cult following.
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By the end of last year he had worked his way up to filling Hall for Cornwall – via slots at Beautiful Days and Port Eliot festivals, performing to 200,000 folk at the opening ceremony for the Olympics and headlining a sold-out show at the 12,000-seater Wembley Arena.
Ever the troubadour, fuelled by integrity, honesty and passion, the 30-year-old who cut his teeth fronting full-on punk outfit Million Dead, released his acclaimed latest album, Tape Deck Heart – his fifth studio LP – in April. He has been on the road ever since, right across Europe, and to the Far East, Australasia and North America.
The elevation of Bastille, who head for the Pavilions on Monday, March 3, has been somewhat swifter. The London quasi electronic band built around singer songwriter Dan Smith played the mighty Alexandra Palace on release of their debut album Bad Blood by Virgin. It entered the charts at number one in March.
The band have just finished an impressive run of summer festival appearances, including a headline set at Leopallooza near Bude – where in 2012 they were on the second stage – Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.
Another exciting announcement is the visit from newfound US stars The Lumineers, who come to Plymouth on Wednesday, November 27 for a show co-hosted by Cornwall-based SW1 Productions and national promoters Metropolis Music.
Fresh off the back of their packed festival crowds at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Belsonic and Reading, this date is part of their largest UK headline tour to date.
Led by frontman Wesley Schultz it's been a phenomenal year for the gig-loving Denver five-piece. They have sold more than two million copies of their eponymous debut album across the world.
And they were nominated for both Best New Artist and Best Americana Album at this year's prestigious Grammy Awards. Support for the tour comes from California alt-folk band Thao and The Get Down Stay Down.
Last but by no means least and actually happening first is a show by London electronic duo Chase and Status – aka Saul Milton and Will Kennard – on Tuesday, November 12 in support of their new album Brand New Machine.
All the shows go on sale from the venue box office from 9am today.