Hugh Cornwell, the one-time singer and guitarist with punk flagbearers The Stranglers, has, remarkably, graduated from such an influential alma mater and still managed to forge a career as an influential singer-songwriter in his own right.
Now into his seventh decade, Cornwell's career offers a vibrant narrative on punk rock, post-punk and its many strains. He left The Stranglers in 1990 following the recording of their tenth studio album, Ten, and with the band having enjoyed a popular resurgence, albeit fuelled by some covers. Cornwell, who'd released a solo debut, Wolf, two years earlier, would later write that he felt the band was a 'spent force'. There was also a good deal of ill feeling within The Stranglers.
Ignoring the long shadow cast by the band, Cornwell has since issued another ten or so albums of his own, including 1997's widely acclaimed Guilty. Recent tours have included playing Guilty in its entirety, as well as versions of earlier stuff from The Stranglers, acoustic shows and even a setlist compiled by votes from the website. His latest endeavour is two special gigs playing, in their entirety, The Stranglers' 'No More Heroes' and his newest material, the as-yet-unreleased album, 'Totem and Taboo'.
Hugh Cornwell kicks off his October tour in Carlisle on 3rd, followed by dates in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, the Islington Academy and more, before the final date in Devon on Saturday 20th October.
We will have tickets available on pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday 11th April, priced £20 for London and £18 for the remaining dates. We also have VIP packages available for £50 which include soundcheck entry, meet and greet and a signed poster.
Ahead of the autumn shows, Hugh Cornwell also has a few summer festival dates lined up, including the Last jubilee Festival in Bath (2nd June), The Willowman Festival in Northallerton (23rd June) and A Lost Weekend at Rutland Water (21st July).