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Scholars announce UK headline tour (2013)


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER a series of festival dates this summer, Scholars will take to the road in September and October for their biggest headline shows to date.

The band will play a total of 16 dates, rounding things off with a night at London’s Borderline.

The dates are (all 2013)

27 – Bournemouth Burn Out Festival

4 – Derbyshire Y Not Festival

27 – Devon Betafest
29 – Gloucester Underground Festival
30 – Birmingham O2 Academy 3

1 – Nottingham Red Rooms @ Rock City
4 – Manchester Sound Control
5 – Stoke Sugarmill
6 – Glasgow King Tuts
7 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
9 – Leeds Cockpit 3
10 – Sheffield Corporation
11 – Bristol The Louisiana
13 – Southampton Joiners
15 – Guildford The Boileroom
16 – London Borderline

Scholars released their debut album Always Lead, Never Follow in April to great critical acclaim. Last month, they also released a limited edition companion EP Never Follow, Always Lead featuring unreleased tracks, cover songs and alternative versions.

Chris Aylett (bass) explains: “While writing our own songs and creating things from nothing is what drives our band, we’ve always got a kick out of playing covers. They’d often come together by accident during breaks at rehearsal, sometimes starting off as a joke and ending up sounding good.

“We also love taking our own songs to pieces and totally reinterpreting them. It’s a pretty healthy process, it helps you to figure out what’s good and what’s not so good about what you do.”