Frank Turner will this month embark on a huge 18 date UK headline tour in support of his recent #1 album release, FTHC (out now via Xtra Mile Recordings / Polydor Records). The run of dates – including London’s Brixton O2 Academy on September 25 – follows Turner’s recent completion of ‘50 States In 50 Days’ (making him the third artist & the first ever non-American to complete the gruelling U.S. tour challenge) and the Berlin debut of his award-winning Lost Evenings Festival.
The forthcoming UK dates will showcase material from Turner’s chart-topping latest album, FTHC. Recorded at ARC – Abbey Recording Studios – just outside of Oxford, the album was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse, Biffy Clyro) and features guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr, Biffy’s Simon Neil and Muse’s Dom Howard.
Throughout ‘FTHC’, Frank moves through a barrage of sensitive subjects across fourteen uncompromising tracks, explored in the only way he knows how and that’s with unflinching honesty. ‘Miranda’ tackles a story that comes purely from Frank’s own life – a story he introduces as he sings, “My father is called Miranda these days / She’s a proud transgender woman and my resentment has started to fade.” The pair had been estranged for years following a difficult childhood and his parents’ separation. But when his father transitioned from male to female, they reconciled and now their relationship, although still fragile, is at least heading in the right direction.
‘Miranda’ represents one-half of the album’s emotive centrepiece alongside the immensely touching ‘A Wave Across A Bay’, a tribute to Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, who took his own life in 2018. Released with the permission of Scott’s younger brother Grant, it sees Frank coming to terms with Scott’s decision in a powerfully accepting manner. Thematically, the album is a mini autobiography rooted in time and place. It ends with a rumination on leaving the capital after 7300 days for a new life on the Essex coast with the bittersweet ‘Farewell To My City’. As one chapter closes, a new journey begins to unfold.
The album represents a fresh landmark for Turner in a career that has already included four Top 5 albums and a total of almost 3000 shows played before a combined audience of over 2 million people, which has spanned everywhere from intimate grassroots venues to cavernous arenas including the O2 and Wembley. Frank’s extensive support of the live music scene during the pandemic saw him play countless Livestream benefit shows to raise money and awareness of the importance of small venues all across the country. After raising nearly £300,000, he was awarded the Music Venue Trust’s award for Outstanding Achievement for Grassroots Music Venues.
Stream the FTHC album https://frankturner.lnk.to/FTHCAlbumPR
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A magnificent return to form **** The Independent
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FRANK TURNER 18-DATE UK HEADLINE TOUR
SEPTEMBER – UK HEADLINE TOUR
21st – Reading, Hexagon
23rd – Sheffield, O2 Academy
24th – Oxford, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
25th – London, O2 Academy Brixton
27th – Nottingham, Rock City
28th – Birmingham, O2 Institute
30th – Cambridge, The Junction (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER – HEADLINE TOUR
1st – Norwich, UEA
2nd – Leeds, O2 Academy
4th – Glasgow, SWG3
5th – Edinburgh, The Liquid Room (SOLD OUT)
7th – Coventry, The Empire
8th – Liverpool, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
9th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree (SOLD OUT)
11th – Manchester, Academy
12th – Cardiff, Tramshed
13th – Bristol, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
14th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)
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