Big Country Celebrate Iconic ‘Steeltown’ Album 40 Years On.

by | Dec 5, 2023 | Music

Steeltown was the second studio album by Big Country which was recorded at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Stockholm with production from Steve Lillywhite. Released in October, 1984 Bruce Watson remembers the time very well, amid the nationwide strife back in the UK, fully in the grip of the Miners Strike: “We started work on Steeltown back in June 1984 at Abba’s studio. My Dad was a miner, so what we did was knuckle down to hard work for six weeks”.

Regarded by many as a classic, the multi-million selling Steeltown went straight to the #1 slot in the UK album charts.

Big Country will be performing songs from the album as well as the classic hits and live favourites including:’Fields of Fire’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Chance’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ and many more.

The Icicle Works were part of Liverpool’s early 1980s ‘neo-psychedelia’ wave that included Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, and OMD.

The Icicle Works scored a string of highly rated hit albums and singles all over the world. They were one of the few bands of their genre who made an impact in the USA, having been invited to perform on TV shows such as American Bandstand. There has been resurgence in their global popularity in recent years, with their 1984 hit Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream), featuring in the Netflix smash hit series Stranger Things. Whilst Ian McNabb has kept The Icicle Works very much alive in recent years, this will be the first time in 25 years that he and Chris Layhe have played together.

Big Country Tour Dates:

Fri 08 Dec – Queens Hall, Nuneaton
Sat 09 Dec – The Factory Live, Worthing
Thu 14 Dec – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
Fri 15 Dec – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
Sat 30 Dec – Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Sun 31 Dec – Òran Mór, Glasgow
Fri 09 Feb – O2 Academy Bristol
Sat 10 Feb – The Level, Nottingham
Thu 15 Feb – Nightrain, Bradford
Fri 16 Feb – The Great Hall, Gillingham
Sat 17 Feb – Chalk, Brighton
Sun 18 Feb – Esquires, Bedford
Fri 23 Feb – Patti Pavilion, Swansea
Sat 24 Feb – Tramshed, Cardiff
Thu 29 Feb – Epic Studios, Norwich
Fri 01 Mar – Roadmender, Northampton
Sat 02 Mar – Beckett University, Leeds
Thu 07 Mar – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
Fri 08 Mar – The Junction, Cambridge
Sat 09 Mar – The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Thu 14 Mar – The Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Fri 15 Mar – Hangar 34, Liverpool
Sat 16 Mar – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Thu 21 Mar – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Fri 22 Mar – The 1865, Southampton
Fri 29 Mar – The Fire Station, Sunderland
Sat 30 Mar – King George’s Hall, Blackburn
Wed 10 Apr – Indigo at The O2, London
Thu 11 Apr – The Welly, Hull
Fri 12 Apr – Picturedrome, Holmfirth
Fri 26 Apr – O2 Academy, Leicester
Sat 27 Apr – The Forum, Bath
Thu 06 Jun – Alexander’s Live, Chester


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