Live Dates

2016
GREECE
20 November Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens Tickets
2017
UK
7 March Engine Shed, Lincoln Tickets
9 March Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen Tickets
10 March Alhambra, Dunfermline Tickets
11 March O2 Academy, Glasgow Tickets
13 March Rock City, Nottingham Tickets
14 March Hexagon, Reading Tickets
16 March O2 Academy, Newcastle Tickets
17 March O2 Academy, Leeds Tickets
18 March O2 Academy, Birmingham Tickets
20 March O2 Guildhall, Southampton Tickets
21 March G-Live, Guildford Tickets
23 March Cliffs Pavilion, Southend Tickets
24 March O2 Academy, Brixton Tickets
25 March Corn Exchange, Cambridge Tickets
27 March University Y Plas, Cardiff Tickets
28 March Dome, Brighton Tickets
30 March O2 Academy, Bristol Tickets
31 March O2 Academy, Liverpool Tickets
1 April O2 Apollo, Manchester Tickets

 

History

Forty years of the Finchley Boys

Forty years ago, on 14th November 1976,  a Guildford based band, who were being swept along with the new wave explosion, played yet another inauspicious pub gig on the London circuit. They were veritable veterans of the Capital’s pub rock treadmill and, for them, nothing about this specific gig at the Torrington in Finchley made it stand out from the numerous other such concerts that they’d played so far that year.

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Martin 'Bap' Kennedy (1962-2016)

I’ve just learned of the passing of my friend Bap Kennedy in Belfast. It’s been a number of years since I last saw him, and in fact I didnt even know he was ill, such as the speed of the years that have rolled by…but we played a number of acoustic shows together around a decade ago, mostly in Scotland, and he left a marked impression on me…we kept in touch quite regularly for a time and then things got particularly hectic for us both…andwe lost touch…as is life…but I’ll always remember his spirit and that wonderful voice…his song Moriartys Blues is in my all time top 10…just beautiful…
An amazing talent and a very serene and charismatic man…
Rest in Peace my friend
Baz x

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Listen to La Folie on Spotify

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the band’s sixth studio album La Folie on 9th November 1981. Please click on the album cover image to hear the full album on Spotify…

La Folie was the band’s final studio album of their initial UA/Liberty EMI tenure and featured the legendary Toni Visconti on production duties, aided by Steve Churchyard. The album featured a far more accessible sound than its predecessor The Gospel According To… and it reached a UK chart peak of number 11. The first single chosen was the lengthily-titled, Mafia focused Let Me Introduce You To The Family, which sold disappointingly & only reached 42. It was followed by the album’s hidden Harpsichord gem Golden Brown which became a huge worldwide success (peaking at number 2 in The UK) despite concerns over its lyrical subject matter. The third and final single was the album’s title track La Folie, sung entirely in French and about a Parisian murder case, it unsurprisingly didn’t follow Golden Brown into the upper reaches of the chart. On the road, the album was promoted with a full UK tour through that November and a second, hastily arranged,one following the success of Golden Brown, in February of 1982.

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Listen to Dreamtime on Spotify

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s ninth studio album Dreamtime on 17th October 1986. Please click on the album cover image to hear the full album on Spotify…

In a change the producer from Aural Sculpture, the band used Mike Kemp behind the controls on Dreamtime. In addition to the existing brass section, they also drafted in extra musicians, like B. J Cole on pedal steel guitar on You’ll Always Reap…, to further augment their sound. The Epic marketing machine came into full force on Dreamtime with a total of four singles taken from the album, each available in multiple formats. The first single chosen was the poppy Nice In Nice, followed by the eco-friendly Always The Sun, both of which became Top 30 hits in the UK. The third single was Big In America and finally Shakin’ Like A Leaf. Gig wise, the album was promoted with a full UK tour through that October and a second one, dubbed Shakin’ Like A Leaf tour, in February/March of 1987 which culminated with a three night run at Hammersmith Odeon.

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Gigs

Tour ticket presale

Updated 21/9- The ticket presale has now ended, tickets back on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd.

A limited number of tickets for the March tour are on presale via Gigs and Tours from 9am tomorrow (21st September). Once this initial allocation have gone, all other tickets will go on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd. We have no presale info for the three Scottish dates as yet…

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'The Classic Collection' British tour

We are pleased to confirm that March 2017 sees the band heading out on the road across the British Isles when they undertake a 19 date tour, entitled ‘The Classic Collection’, throughout the month. Kicking off in Lincoln on the 7th, they then cross the border for a trio of Scottish dates visiting Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Glasgow. The itinerary then works its way around England including a hometown gig in Guildford on the 21st and a return visit to the iconic Brixton Academy on the Friday the 24th. On the 27th they cross the Severn for a Welsh date in Cardiff before the final weekend in Liverpool on Friday 31st and Manchester Apollo on Saturday 1st April. Joining the band as special guests for the full tour are London dub rockers Ruts DC. Tickets go onsale from Friday 23rd September at 9 am although there will be O2 presales from 9 am Wednesday 21st. We will post links as soon as we have them. See you on the road in 2017…

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Two autumn festivals added

The band are now confirmed to play at a pair of festivals in October. Firstly, they appear at Loopallu which takes place in Ullapool, Scotland on Saturday 1st October. Festival details and tickets can be found on the website here. Secondly the band are playing at the Expobeja in Beja, Southern Portugal on Thursday 6th October. It’s a free event and has a 4000 capacity. Details can be found here. More gig news to follow very soon…

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Baz's Suite XVI ratter blog

To mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Suite XVI back in 2006, Baz has penned a new blog which gives a track by track breakdown of the album from Unbroken to Relentless. He also explores the events within the band camp around that time and the departure of Paul Roberts.

Read his new ratter here

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Listen to Suite XVI on Spotify

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the band’s sixteenth studio album Suite XVI in September 2006. Please click on the album cover image to hear the full album on Spotify…

The album was the first to be recorded after the departure of singer Paul Roberts and the band’s return to their original four piece format. Suite XVI illustrates how well JJ & Baz’s writing partnership had gelled in the preceding years with the pair sharing both writing and vocal duties on the album. The album displayed all the hallmarks of The Stranglers’ sound but also showed the diversity of their recorded output, featuring a variety of musical styles from full-on punk to country and western! Recorded in studios in Somerset, the album was produced by Louie Nicastro. Two singles were released from the album, firstly Spectre Of Love and then Unbroken. The album’s closing track Relentless has become a firm favourite in live sets and is a true Stranglers’ anthem…

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A message from Jet…

As a non-subscriber to what I believe is known as ‘Social Media’, I was beginning to think that I had finally managed to evade the annual fusillade of greetings to which I have become accustomed in recent years. Greetings, in acknowledgement of an event of some seventy eight years distant, to which I had then been involuntarily tethered.

That is, until social media savvy Ava, on the morning of the 26th last month, had informed me that there was a new fusillade winging it’s way towards me, through the wonder of international electronic communications.
Continue reading A message from Jet…

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