Bellowhead Announce 2013 November UK Tour Plus Christmas Single

Bellowhead Announce 2013 November UK Tour Plus Christmas Single

To crown a hugely successful 12 months following the release of their award-winning fourth album, Broadside, Bellowhead will be embarking on a major tour of the UK throughout November. The 17-date run, already selling-out fast, provides audiences up and down the land with the opportunity to catch a band voted 'Best Live Group' at the BBC Folk Awards an unparalleled five times, and described by the Independent as "surely the best live act in the country".

Renowned for the intense drama and theatricality of their live performances, since their formation in 2004 Bellowhead have occupied a unique place in Britain's musical landscape: a blistering 11-piece band fusing English folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music which has also succeeded in placing themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene.

Following a hectic and highly enjoyable summer of horticulturally themed festival performances (including Shrewsbury Flower Show & Kew Gardens) as well as Cambridge Folk Festival and Wickerman amongst others too, the 2013 autumn tour marks the beginning of another busy and exciting period for the band.

To coincide with the tour, on Dec 1st, Bellowhead will be releasing a proper old fashioned sort of Christmas single, 'Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells', but with a customary Bellowhead sort of a twist.

Released in October 2012, Broadside was the best-selling independent folk album of 2012, reaching the Top 20 and being voted Best Album at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second Bellowhead album to be produced by the legendary John Leckie (Stone Roses/Radiohead/Muse), Broadside is poised to achieve silver status, emulating the success of its predecessor, 2010's Hedonism, which topped fRoots Critics' Poll for Best Album of 2010 and won Bellowhead Best Group in Songlines 2011 Music Awards.

While their recorded exploits continue to go from strength to strength, on stage Bellowhead remain dedicated to producing special occasions full of drama and spectacle. Artists-in-Residence at the Southbank Centre and veterans of the BBC Proms, Radio 2's 2Day and Live in Hyde Park, they have become justly famed for their curation of a host of unforgettable live events. At the end of 2013 they will continue their custom of seeing in the New Year in riotous style. Previous New Year's Eve parties at the Southbank Centre have included such wonders as boxer-shorts bingo, an ABBA ceilidh, and sailor and circus themed performances. This time the end of year revelry will be held at Bristol Old Vic, with the promise of sundry delights and surprises in store for the lucky partygoers.

And - the excitement continues into 2014 with the publication of a beautiful Bellowhead songbook by the prestigious Faber Music publishing house. The following month the band will celebrate their 10th anniversary with two very special concerts ; Manchester Bridgwater Hall on 19th April 19 and London's favourite village hall, The Royal Albert Hall on 20th April 20. A fitting finale to a remarkable decade for an unbeatable band.

November 2013 Tour Dates:

Thu        7             Nov         BURY ST EDMUNDS   The Apex - SOLD OUT
Thu        7             Nov         BURY ST EDMUNDS   The Apex pm - SOLD OUT
Fri          8             Nov         WARRINGTON            Parr Hall - SOLD OUT
Sat         9             Nov         CHELTENHAM             Town Hall - SOLD OUT
Sun        10           Nov         BLACKBURN               King George's Hall
Mon       11           Nov         AYLESBURY                Waterside Theatre
Tue        12           Nov         BIRMINGHAM            Symphony Hall - LAST FEW
Wed       13           Nov         GUILDFORD                G Live
Thu        14           Nov         BEDFORD                    Corn Exchange - LAST FEW
Fri          15           Nov         WREXHAM                William Aston Hall
Sat         16           Nov         PORTSMOUTH           Guildhall
Sun        17           Nov         EXETER                        Great Hall
Mon       18           Nov         TRURO                         Hall for Cornwall
Tue        19           Nov         FROME                         Cheese & Grain - SOLD OUT
Wed       20           Nov         LEICESTER                   De Montfort Hall
Thu        21           Nov         ABERYSTWYTH           Arts Centre
Fri          22           Nov         CHESTERFIELD            Winding Wheel - SOLD OUT
Sat         23           Nov         FOLKESTONE              Leas Cliff Hall