Live Dates

2017
FRANCE
22 November Chateau Rouge, Annemasse SOLD OUT!
23 November Ninkasi, Lyon Tickets
25 November La Cigale, Paris SOLD OUT!
27 November Le Tetris, Le Havre Tickets
28 November La Carenne, Brest Tickets
29 November Stereolux, Nantes Tickets
30 November Yves Renault, Tours Tickets
2 December Krakatoa, Bordeaux Tickets
3 December Maison de la Musique, Blaye Tickets
2018
NEW ZEALAND
2 February Town Hall, Auckland Tickets
3 February Opera House, Wellington Tickets
AUSTRALIA
6 February Forum, Melbourne Tickets
7 February Tivoli, Brisbane Tickets
8 February Enmore Theatre, Sydney Tickets
10 February Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide Tickets
12 February Astor Theatre, Perth Tickets
IRELAND
1 March Olympia, Dublin Tickets
2 March Big Top, Limerick Tickets
UK
3 March Ulster Hall, Belfast Tickets
6 March O2 Academy, Liverpool Tickets
8 March O2 Academy, Glasgow Tickets
9 March Ironworks, Inverness Tickets
10 March Grand Hall, Kilmarnock Tickets
12 March Rock City, Nottingham Tickets
13 March Guildhall, Portsmouth Tickets
15 March O2 Academy, Bristol Tickets
16 March Tramshed, Cardiff Tickets
17 March O2 Academy, Birmingham Tickets
19 March Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich Tickets
20 March Cliffs Pavilion, Southend Tickets
22 March O2 Academy, Leeds Tickets
23 March Engine Shed, Lincoln Tickets
24 March O2 Academy, Brixton Tickets
26 March GLive, Guildford Tickets
27 March Hexagon, Reading Tickets
29 March O2 Academy, Newcastle Tickets
30 March Corn Exchange, Cambridge Tickets
31 March O2 Apollo, Manchester Tickets

News

The Raven limited vinyl reissue

We can reveal that the latest album to receive the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment is The Raven. The release is limited to 1500 numbered copies and sees the original 11 track LP coupled with an additional, 9 track album featuring b-sides, different versions and radio session takes. Both albums are pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, the original LP on black and the bonus on red & they are housed in a wide spined sleeve with the front cover design embossed. The original inner sleeve has been lovingly recreated by Phil Johnson and the extra album has one too with a matching design. Also included in the package is a 10″ x 10″ art print of the front cover design. The reissue is available to order from Townsend Music here now and orders should be shipped late next week. Fly straight with perfection…

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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.

Continue reading Forty years of the Finchley Boys

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News

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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News

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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Gigs

'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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Gigs

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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News

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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News

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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