The number of the show that Frank Turner plays next has always been significant for both himself and his fanbase, whether a tour, a festival or a one-off gig. His website contains a ‘Live Archive’ section, documenting the number, date and venue of every solo show since he began on September 18th, 2004. When I was handed the setlist from his headline Y Not Festival show two years ago, proudly titled ‘1595’, it became clear to me that numbers are important to him; they’re entwined with memories and with pride, and I wondered when and where the 2000th show would be.
Frank Turner has recently revealed, on video, that he has chosen his favourite UK venue due to its “independence and great people” – Nottingham’s Rock City – for Show 2000, making a second Nottingham date in December. The venue, which opened in 1980, is an established and iconic place at the heart of the UK’s alternative music scene. Like Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Sheffield’s Leadmill and Manchester’s Night and Day Café, Rock City stands at the core of its city’s music culture. With a capacity of 2450, its atmosphere is often an intimate one, “sweaty, but truly indie” (NME 2002), from The Pogues to Nirvana to Blur. And having been awarded Kerrang!’s ‘Venue of the Year’ for 10 consecutive years, Rock City will be proud to host Frank Turner’s 2000th show, taking place on the December 15th.
Throughout the video, Turner explains that by creating a sign-up page to be entered into a ballot for tickets, limiting the sale to two tickets per person and having names on tickets, he has attempted “the fairest system to get everyone in” and inevitably to avoid ticket touting. He wants “atleast as little as possible”, often inputting his frustration surrounding the subject on Twitter. In partnership with War Child, £1 of each ticket sold will be donated to the charity, along with many other of his tour dates.
Turner has also shared that, with the Sleeping Souls, he’ll be joining Arkells on their North American Morning Report tour in the new year. He’s calling it ‘Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings’, replacing the ‘Hardcore’ of his renowned symbol and abbreviation, FTHC, to ‘Lost Evenings’: FTLE. In the meantime, he has added a Cornish show to the UK tour with tickets on sale at 6pm and his charity raffle, which raises money for MUSICvCancer, will be drawn on October 31st. Prizes include signed vinyl copies of Sleep is for the Week, Tape Deck Heart and Positive Songs for Negative People, 6 signed CDs and a signed guitar, all donated by friend Wayne Leighton who sadly passed away from colon cancer.
Find Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls ‘Get Better’ UK tour dates, with support from Felix Hagan & The Family an Esme Patterson, below:
15 Nov 2016 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
16 Nov 2016 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
18 Nov 2016 – Salisbury, UK – City Hall
18 Nov 2016 – Falmouth, UK – Princess Pavilion
21 Nov 2016 – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
22 Nov 2016 – Carlisle, UK – Sands Centre
23 Nov 2016 – Doncaster, UK – The Dome
25 Nov 2016 – Coventry, UK – The Empire
26 Nov 2016 – Cardiff, UK – The Great Hall
27 Nov 2016 – Oxford, UK – New Theatre
28 Nov 2016 – Exeter, UK – The Great Hall
30 Nov 2016 – Reading, UK – Hexagon
01 Dec 2016 – Leeds, UK – University Refectory
02 Dec 2016 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
03 Dec 2016 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall
05 Dec 2016 – Scunthorpe, UK – Baths Hall
06 Dec 2016 – Warrington, UK – Parr Hall
07 Dec 2016 – Newcastle, UK – Northumbria University
09 Dec 2016 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10 Dec 2016 – Bexhill, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
11 Dec 2016 – Norwich, UK – UEA
12 Dec 2016 – Guilford, UK – G-Live
14 Dec 2016 – Portsmouth, UK – The Guildhall