Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian formed indie folk mainstays Turin Brakes in South London in 1999. Much vaunted by the music press, Turin Brakes quickly developed a loyal following, thanks to their soundtrack folk and focus in evolving as a band.
Each of their five studio albums, from the 2001 Mercury prize-nominated debut 'The Optimist' to last year's 'Outbursts', saw a shift in attitude and sound. This evolution kept Turin Brakes touring and in the hearts and minds of a devoted fan base long after the NME had calmed down and begun its enduring love affair with Muse and The Arctic Monkeys (and on/off romance with The Libertines).
A decade after the release of the 'The Optimist', Turin Brakes are marking the anniversary by playing the album live, in its entirety, along with some classic TB tracks and a selection of the latest material.
Following a short spring tour of small venues, Olly and Gale have announced a series of 'The Optimist Live' autumn dates. The tour starts at the Junction in Cambridge on 7th November, stopping-off in Oxford, Bournemouth, KOKO in Camden and more until 24th November at Sheffield's Leadmill, with a special date taking in the medieval splendour of Manchester Cathedral on 18th November.
Tickets are available from 9AM on Friday 17th June, priced from £18 (£19.50 for Manchester, £23 for London).
Ahead of the new dates, Turin Brakes play The Musician, Leicester (30th June) and then The Cheese and Grain in Somerset (from 7th July), featuring Tom McRae, before playing the Greenwich Summer Sessions 2011 on 29th July. Tickets for those dates are still available - check below.