Frank Turner to support The Pogues at their massive O2 Christmas show plus November & December headline tour!

By on October 22, 2012

Frank Turner rounds off an extraordinary year with a near sell-out UK headline tour that covers the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. Plus a phenomenal festive finale supporting The Pogues at the London O2. Full dates are:
11 Nottingham Rock City SOLD OUT
12 Leeds O2 Academy SOLD OUT
13 Liverpool O2 Academy SOLD OUT
14 Swansea Brangwyn Hall   
15 Reading Hexagon SOLD OUT
17 Newcastle O2 Academy SOLD OUT
18 Edinburgh HMV Picture House SOLD OUT
19 Sheffield O2 Academy SOLD OUT
20 Norwich UEA SOLD OUT
22 Margate Winter Gardens
23 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
24 Leamington Spa Assembly SOLD OUT
25 Lincoln Engine Shed
26 Oxford O2 Academy SOLD OUT
28 Brighton Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
29 Southampton Guildhall SOLD OUT
30 Hall For Cornwall, Truro

01 Bath Pavilion SOLD OUT
03 Isle Of Man Villa Marina SOLO
04 Bangor Academy SOLO
06 Cork Cypress Avenue SOLO
07 Galway Roisin Dubh SOLO
08 Belfast Limelight SOLO
09 Dublin Whelans SOLO
10 Dundee Fat Sams SOLO
11 Inverness Ironworks SOLO
12 Aberdeen Lemon Tree SOLO SOLD OUT       
20 London O2 Arena – supporting The Pogues

Support for the UK headline shows are Tim Barry and Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun.
2012 has seen Frank reach dizzying heights of success with a sold out Wembley Arena show back in April as well as performing at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony. His 2011 album ‘England Keep My Bones’ reached over 70,000 sales in the UK, spawning a string of hit singles, and he has even designed his own signature brew beer ‘Believe’ which will be stocked in pubs around the November tour dates. He’s just won the ASCAP Vanguard Award and has been nominated for Best Live Act and Hardest Working Act at the forthcoming AIM Awards. It’s amazing that with all of that going on he’s still found time to write and record a brand new studio album, set for a release in Spring 2013.
More on that to come…
Reviews from Wembley Arena:
This is a victory for doing things the honest way. The 12,000 people here are those who lent him their ears, their floors to sleep on, and their rooms to play to. Tonight feels like a celebration.” 5/5 Kerrang!
Frank Turner gets tattooed, drags his mum onstage and smashes his big night. A one-off? Nope – he’s going all the way to the stadium across the road…” NME
“…he may yet prove to be an English Bruce Springsteen. Today Wembley, tomorrow the world.” 4/5 Times
It is with this sense of unity that Turner and his lively backing band, The Sleeping Souls, managed to make a giant cavern of 12,000 people feel like an intimate gig….there’s no doubt that sheer demand will mean he’ll be back in an arena before too long.” 4/5 Telegraph
Turner opened his set with ‘Eulogy’ which contains the lyric ‘Not everyone can be Freddy Mercury’. But blasting out a cover of Queen’s ‘Somebody To Love’ to a bellowing audience who couldn’t have been more appreciative, Turner’s nice guys routine seems to suggest that he can.” 4/5 Independent
Not everyone can be, Freddie Mercury” he sang in opener Eulogy, but on the strength of this gig, it’s only the beginning of Turner’s career as a stadium star.” Sunday Mirror
“...the connection between himself and the fans can make a big show feel nearly as intimate as a club gig.” 4/5 Guardian
Reviews of ‘England Keep My Bones’:
Turner proves himself an accomplished and impassioned storyteller. Stirring stuff.” Q 4 stars
a fearless venture for an artist with something interesting to say” 8/10 NME
The wonderfully titled England Keep My Bones’ features some of the finest songs Frank has yet written.” 4/5 Kerrang!
One of the UK’s greatest songwriting talents…these songs will be soundtracking many of our lives for years to come.” Rocksound 9/10
The high priest of protest song sings on.” Evening Standard 3/5
Four albums into his solo career…”folk punk” man looks poised for a breakout beyond his loyal following.” Observer
this is an exuberant yet quietly sophisticated triumph” BBC online

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.