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Frank Turner confirms 9-date UK tour including Alexandra Palace Theatre (2019)

Frank Turner

Story by Jack Foley

FRANK Turner has announced details for a nine date UK headline tour – including two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on November 30 and December 3, 2019.

The tour comes in support of his forthcoming eighth album, No Man’s Land (out August 16 on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records). Produced by Catherine Marks and featuring an all-female cast of musicians, No Man’s Land is dedicated to the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender.

The album is accompanied by a new 13 part podcast series, Tales From No Man’s Land (created in collaboration with Somethin’ Else), which hit No.2 on the Apple UK podcast chart upon launch.

Tickets for the UK headline tour will go on sale on July 19, with a special fan pre-sale via Frank’s store.

The tour dates will see Turner put a new twist on his formidable live set up, featuring a solo set followed by an unplugged band performance in seated venues.

Speaking about the format, Frank said: “For this tour, I thought it would be good to give the new album some proper attention, so the first set of mine of the night will be a solo run through some of those songs and stories; once the Souls are up with me, we’re playing around with a slightly more stripped back, thoughtful folk approach to some of the older material, which feels different and powerful. Looking forward to sharing a slightly different show with everyone for this run.”

The women featured on No Man’s Land come from across wide geographical and historical lines.

They include Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie) an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world. There’s the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild) and a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bingham).

“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and song-writing,” explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psycho-geographical strolls when he’s not packing out arenas or headlining festivals.

The Tales From No Man’s Land podcast is available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast and all other podcast platforms.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 19.

The headline tour dates are (all November and December 2019)

November
22 – Dunfermaline Alhambra Theatre
24 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
25 – Southampton O2 Guildhall
26 – Manchester Opera House
27 – Newcastle O2 City Hall
29 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
30 – London Alexandra Palace Theatre

December
1 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
3 – London Alexandra Palace Theatre