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We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be playing at Bearded Theory Festival this year on Friday 18th May! Tickets are on sale now HERE
The Travelling Band return to Europe in April for a week of live shows in Switzerland and Germany!
17 April: Basel (Switzerland), Parterre TICKETS
18 April: Nyon (Switzerland), La Parenthese FREE ENTRY
19 April: Zurich (Switzerland), Viadukt TICKETS
20 April: Freiburg (Germany), Räng Teng Teng TICKETS ON DOOR
21 April: Reutlingen (Germany), Burning Eagle Festival TICKETS
Tickets for shows with online pre-sales go on sale today!
Now your probably wondering, what about the AA-competition? Well ‘Sundial’ marginally beat ‘On the Rails’ as the fans favorite. We figured it was too close to call so we’ve decided to give you all a treat as a thank you.
We’ve had a few days to find a little gem and it’s a live acoustic version of ‘Screaming is Something’ recorded at Jo’s house back in January.
We hope you like it! If you voted – check your inbox for your free download!
The last remaining live dates are upon us! It’s been a busy and amazing year…
For your last chance to see The Travelling Band live for some time – get your tickets to these shows quick!
25th Nov : The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham - SOLD OUT! -
3rd Dec : G-Live, Guildford (Intimate Acoustic Set w/ SAS Band) – TICKETS -
6th Dec : Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - TICKETS -
7th Dec : The Met, Bury - TICKETS -
9th Dec : Trades Club, Hebden Bridge - TICKETS -
Article from The Independent : The Travelling Band on the road… You can also read the article on The Independent’s website HERE
We’d been cruising south for a couple of hours before our drummer Nick had said a word. ‘Cotton Box’, as we lovingly call him due to his wiry buffon, suffers from a useful strain of travelling narcolepsy. When not drumming or sipping on beer, he will sleep at any given opportunity until awoken by sudden breaking or a rare epiphany.
“What mate? What’s wrong?”
“I left those [dratted - ed.] Burger King vouchers at home!”
He was genuinely distressed at his loss. Even with the mildest of estimations, it’s likely that Nick will eat 25 to 30 burgers, at least, over the next six weeks on the road. He’s just turned 27 and may be the first rock’n'roller to die at the famously cursed age of a beef induced coronary. At least he won’t die hungry, though.
It was exactly five years ago that a loose collective of young musicians (us) from Manchester calling themselves The Travelling Band began making their first album in Brooklyn, New York. If it was good fortune that got us all to the Big Apple, then the time since has been a lesson in hard work and dedication. The music industry was always been a bit of a mess but now it’s a mess without all the money.
Putting records out on our ‘not really a real record label’ DIY label Sideways Saloon was the only way we were going to get ourselves heard. Playing here, there and everywhere, making friends and fans one by one. Paying our dues if you will, or some of them, anyway. This year things have picked up for us and the hard work is beginning to pay off. We released our second album ‘Screaming is Something’ in the summer and it has just come out in Europe too – and we’re embarking on our first tour of the continent.
Crossing the Channel into France turned out to be a joy. Most ferry journeys I’ve ever taken have been bleak and miserable, typified by hundreds of crying children on board domino vomiting from seasickness, overpriced meals that induce strokes, and the constant worry that you’ve left the handbreak off. Thanks to the bizarre heatwave we had last week, we left Dover with the white cliffs bathed in Indian summer sunshine. We rolled off the ferry and made it to Lille before 11pm french time, 10 hours door-to-door from Manchester.
Our accommodation was a quaint little house about 15 minutes from the venue, which turned out to be on a barge. We were all pleasantly surprised and enthused to the bar manager who in turn thought us a little stupid as the venue’s name, La Péniche, is french for, errr, ‘the barge’. This wouldn’t be the first time i got frustrated with how much my french has regressed but it was the least of our worries. The support band told us there was a serial killer on the loose and a body had been recovered from the river the night before. We decided we should probably stick together just in case, as getting murdered was not in the tour itinerary. It was a sweaty gig on a tight stage played to a packed crowd. A great start.
Despite all our best intentions to take it easy on the first night, we all woke up the following day with stupendous hangovers nevertheless. We had zigged-zagged all the way from the bar to our hotel so what should have been a 15-minute stroll took an hour. Our heads throbbed and we couldn’t quite work out why our ribs were hurting so much either. Lille is France’s fourth largest city and the east part of it borders Belgium, which might explain why the beer seemed a lot stronger than in other french cities i’ve visited. It’s similar to Manchester with a high frequency of rainfall and by all accounts, a passion for hedonism too. They certainly knew how to party.
With the sun still beating down we journeyed to Paris to play L’International in the 11th district. By sheer coincidence our mates from Brooklyn, This Frontier Needs Heroes and Zachary Cale, were playing a block away so we got to hang out after the gig which was a lovely treat. I was desperate for everyone to come with me to my favourite Parisian restaurant ‘Le Tambour’ which serves traditional french food until 4am every night. After the show, the drunk and tired among us dispersed and Nick and I went for rare steak and a late night booze with our tour manager Gonzo and our semi-kidnapped host Clemence.
“It’s no DOUBLE WHOPPER, but it’ll do” Nick said, with a mouthful of entre-cote, sans ironie.
The Travelling Band are currently on tour across Europe and the UK. New album ‘Screaming is Something is out now on Cooking Vinyl.
Greetings from France!
I’m writing this as we roll off the ferry at Calais heading to Lille on the first stop of our inaugural European tour! We’ve barely had time to wind down from another epic festival season, but had probably just enough to scrape off the mud from our clothes and put the wellington boots and tents to bed until next years madness ensues.
What a great summer it was though! Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the band. It just wouldn’t be the same without it.
After we get back from Europe we go straight into our UK tour. We’re going as far and wide as possible to get to your town or city right up until the end of the year, including our first ever shows in Ireland!
Check out the TOUR DATES and click the links to get your tickets. If you have friends in the European cities we’re playing, please let them know we’re passing through so we can spread the word far and wide!
Lastly, and rather pleasingly, we’re delighted to announce (unless you haven”t heard elsewhere) that we are releasing festival favourite ‘Sundial’ as a single on October 17th on a beautiful 7″ heavyweight vinyl with ‘On the Rails’ on the flip side. The artwork has once again been conceived by masterful David Shillinglaw.
The new 7″ vinyl is available for pre-order now from our website shop. It’s a limited edition run so grab one while you can.
It has already been played on Mary Anne Hobb’s show on XFM, 6Music and Absolute but please get texting and mailing into your favourite shows requesting to hear ‘Sundial’ on the radio waves!
You can download the new videos and vote on our website for your favourite between the two tracks. Those who vote for the ‘winning’ song (the one with the most votes) will get a special prize.
Anyway, thats enough for now. We have an adventure to be getting on with! Keep an eye out for video blogs on Facebook and a tour diary that i’m doing for the Independent about a week or so into the tour.
Right, time to go. I have to get my french in order before we meet the Lille promoters mum who is hosting us this evening.
We very much hope to see you on the way,
Lots of love,
Check out this fantastic acoustic performance of Sundial and an interview in the woods by Shambala Festival with Secret Sessions! You can also view on the Secret Sessions website HERE!
Following the recent riots affecting our city, Manchester has come together against anti social behaviour to show the world we are proud and united in our love of the city.
The extensive I Love MCR campaign has organised 3 weeks of events across the city for people to show their love for Manchester.
See The Travelling Band live on the Edge Street Stage on Sunday 4th Sept at 3pm!