Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer announces summer 2011 UK dates - tickets on sale now/ soon
Amanda Palmer is one half of The Dresden Dolls and is also one half [quite literally - Ed] of Evelyn Evelyn. Since 2008, she has been releasing music and performing as the whole of Amanda Palmer, occasionally known as 'Amanda Fucking Palmer', AFP to her friends.
A career that spans performance art, music and writing, Amanda has never been that far from controversy. After she released the video for her single 'Leeds United', Palmer told fans (via her blog) that her label, Roadrunner Records, wanted to cut shots of her midriff from the promo because they thought she "...looked fat". Cue 'The ReBellyon', a movement by her fans to submit images of their own stomachs, ultimately published in a 600-page title, called 'The Belly Book'. AFP and Roadrunner fell out and, protractedly, she was released from her contract.
She has also upset Oasis fans (who hasn't?), with her song 'Oasis' - an allegorical tale about rape in the context of correspondence with the Oasis fan club. UK TV channels reportedly refused to play the video due to its 'making light of rape, religion, and abortion'. Palmer's retort was typically one-fingered.
AFP has also upset Katy Perry and the whole of America's conservative right by attacking Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl' song, in the process staging a mock abduction of a Perry lookalike (having kissed her), and forcing the enslaved bubble-gum popster to 'marry' Palmer. It was intended by the bisexual AFP to protest against the controversial 'Proposition 8' law, intended to make illegal any same-sex marriages in any state introducing the amendment.
Amidst all of this excitement and drama is some music. Debut LP, 2008's 'Who Killed Amanda Palmer', received mixed reviews. 2011's sophomore, 'Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under', written on her 2010 Australasian tour and with an Antipodean theme, has fared better. Not least in Australia and New Zealand. 'Vegemite (The Black Death)' is particularly catchy.
Amanda Palmer is returning to the UK for her first gigs here for over a year, with four dates in late summer. On 25th August, AFP is at the HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, in Glasgow on the 28th, then Brighton on 1st September and then at London's Heaven the next night.
Tickets for Edinburgh are available on Saturday 11th June from midday, priced £14. Tickets for Glasgow are on sale now (£14). The Brighton and London gigs go on sale on Friday 10th June at 9AM, priced £14.50 and £16.50 respectively.
There are also hints on her website (www.amandapalmer.net) that there will be a secret gig in London on 5th September and possibly the night before. So keep your diary - and your outrageous outfit - free for those nights.
- Wed 16th Oct 2019 Amanda PalmerDe La Warr Pavilion (Sussex)Buy Tickets
- Sat 19th Oct 2019 Amanda PalmerSt David's Hall (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Sun 20th Oct 2019 Amanda PalmerThe Corn Exchange (Cambridge)Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Oct 2019 Amanda PalmerUlster Hall (Belfast)Buy Tickets
- Fri 1st Nov 2019 Amanda PalmerCarnegie Hall & Theatre (Dunfermline)Buy Tickets
- Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Amanda PalmerGlasgow City Halls (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Sun 3rd Nov 2019 Amanda PalmerAlbert Hall (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Mon 4th Nov 2019 Amanda PalmerGrand Opera House (York)Buy Tickets
- Thu 7th Nov 2019 Amanda PalmerTyne Theatre and Opera House (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Thu 5th Dec 2019 Amanda PalmerUnion Chapel (Islington)Buy Tickets
- Fri 6th Dec 2019 Amanda PalmerUnion Chapel (Islington)Buy Tickets
- Fri 13th Dec 2019 Amanda PalmerUnion Chapel (Islington)Buy Tickets