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Billy Bragg Heading To Cambridge Junction

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Billy Bragg has confirmed a 2019 UK and Ireland tour entitled “One Step Forward. Two Steps Back.”

In each town Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights. The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).

Billy says: “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.”

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. Politicised by a Tory government operating without love or justice, this previously adrift young man from Barking, whose failure at national exams had reduced his career opportunities to two, eventually bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 (‘the best £175 I ever spent’), determined to make a living out of song.

Governments rise and fall, fashions come and go, pop stars are built up and knocked down by a fickle media, and Billy Bragg adapts to survive: the one-time Luddite and failed handyman has embraced New Media and engages with fans directly via Facebook and Twitter, uploading songs when a headline strikes. His enemies remain essentially the same: craven politicians, inhumane corporations, plus assorted racists, fascists, bullies, reactionaries and people with floppy fringes.

Billy Bragg last toured the UK on his acclaimed ‘Bridges Not Walls’ tour in 2017 , so don’t miss the orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘Bard of Barking’ across three extraordinary evenings.

2019 UK TOUR DATES:

JULY
5 – PORTSMOUTH, The Wedgewood Rooms
6 – PORTSMOUTH, The Wedgewood Rooms
7 – PORTSMOUTH, The Wedgewood Rooms
10  – BRISTOL, Fiddlers
11 – BRISTOL, Fiddlers
12 – BRISTOL, Fiddlers
29  – DUBLIN, Whelan’s
30 – DUBLIN, Whelan’s
31  – DUBLIN, Whelan’s

AUGUST
3 –  BARNSLEY, Underneath The Stars Festival

NOVEMBER
6 – GLASGOW,  St Luke’s
7 – GLASGOW,  St Luke’s
8 – GLASGOW,  St Luke’s
11 – MANCHESTER,  Academy 2
12 – MANCHESTER,  Academy 2
13 – MANCHESTER,  Academy 2
16 – SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
17 – SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
18 – SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
21 – LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall
22 – LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall
23 – LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall

  • 26 – CAMBRIDGE, Junction
  • 27 – CAMBRIDGE, Junction
  • 28 – CAMBRIDGE, Junction

DECEMBER
1 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 2
2 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 2
3 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 2

3 night package tickets available from www.musicglue.com/billy-bragg/.  Single night tickets available from http://gigst.rs/BillyBragg.