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Billy Bragg announces One Step Forward. Two Steps Back UK tour (2019)

Billy Bragg

Story by Jack Foley

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).

Bragg commented: “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 sound check 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.”

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.

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.

The full list of shows is…

July 2019
5, 6 & 7 – Portsmouth The Wedgewood Rooms
10, 11 & 12 – Bristol Fiddlers
29, 30 & 31 – Dublin Whelan’s

3 – Barnsley Underneath The Stars Festival

6, 7 & 8 – Glasgow St Luke’s
11, 12 & 13 – Manchester, Academy 2
16, 17 & 18 – Sheffield The Leadmill
21, 22 & 23 – London Islington Assembly Hall
26, 27 & 28 – Cambridge Junction

1, 2 & 3 – Birmingham O2 Institute 2

Three night package tickets go on sale from 10am on Tuesday, February 5 from here.

Single night tickets will be available at 10am on Friday, February 8.