FRANK TURNER ANNOUNCES JULY UK HEADLINE TOUR

by | Jul 10, 2024 | Music, Festival

Having recently announced details of the ambitious first ever Music Venue Trust world record attempt to play the most gigs in different cities in 24 hours on May 4th/5th, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced details of a more traditional headline UK tour for July 2024 in celebration of his upcoming tenth album Undefeated, set for release on May 3rd via Xtra Mile Recordings – full details below.

Speaking about the upcoming dates, Frank says, “ we’re getting closer to the day when ‘Undefeated’ is out in the world. We’ve announced and sold out 14 shows in the UK – all on the same day – so let’s add a few more! I’m bringing the tour, the new album, the Sleeping Souls, and my excellent friends The Meffs, to a string of dates in rooms I know well and love around the UK this July, in between our festival shows.”

“Now I’m surprised to report that as I enter my forties, I’ve returned to being an angry man,” he sings on the recent track No Thank You For The Music. And that’s a concise statement as to what to expect from ‘Undefeated’, Frank’s follow-up to his first UK #1 album, 2022’s ‘FTHC’. Finding the sweet spot between youthful outspokenness and surviving midlife’s challenges, it’s a record that explores both emotionally compelling topics and lighter reflections on those troubles that eventually come to most of us. Who you are versus who you wanted to be in your youth; life-altering love; fading friendships; wistful nostalgia; the mental fallout and political consequences that still linger from the pandemic era; and the more prosaic issue of persistent backache.

Frank says,“ There are no clichés about the difficult 10th album, so in some ways, that’s a liberating statement. But at the same time, I have a duty to justify writing and releasing a 10th album. That’s a lot of records for anybody. Also, I’m 42. Which is not a sexy, rock’n’roll age. But all through my career, I’ve been interested in writers like Loudon Wainwright III or The Hold Steady, people who write about adulthood, essentially.”

While thematically ‘Undefeated’ is informed by this time in life, sonically it’s full of echoes to influences that Frank has touched upon at various moments in his kaleidoscopic career. It switches from Black Flag to Counting Crows, from Descendents to The Pogues, via Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg. Its freewheeling nature is reflective not only of his new-found independence, but also of the creative environment he found himself in. As usual, it was entirely written by himself, but this is the first album that he produced himself, recorded in the home studio that he and his wife, Jessica Guise, share on Mersea Island, Essex. It features his live band: Ben Lloyd (guitar), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Callum Green (drums) and Matt Nasir (piano).

The release of ‘Undefeated’ will of course see this punk-rock road-warrior tour with the tenacity and intense schedules that he’s renowned for (such as the sprawling 50 States in 50 Days North American tour) but with even bigger ambitions that will be revealed in due course as he nears his 3000th gig. But for now, anticipate the new album: a typically energising, literate, playful and provocative set from a musician who remains ‘Undefeated’ after a quarter-of-a-century in the game.

‘Undefeated’ is now available to pre-order HERE.

  • 13 July – Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival
  • 14 July – Manchester, Academy 2
  • 15 July – Leeds. Brudenell Social Club
  • 16 July – Glasgow, Garage
  • 18 July – Southampton, 1865
  • 19 July – Birmingham, Academy 2
  • 20 July – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
  • 22 July – Cardiff, Tramshed
  • 23 July – Oxford, 02 Academy 2
  • 24 July – Norwich, Epic Studios
  • 26 July – Suffolk, Latitude Festival

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