Big Country announce autumn 2013 Land's End to John O'Groats Tour
Acclaimed rockers to promote recent album The Journey with ... a long journey! Tickets on sale now
Thirty years ago, the late Stuart Adamson unleashed a rallying cry from the radio that went something like "Who saw the fences falling/who broke the ploughman's bread?". In less capable hands, lyrics such as these would have appeared mawkish and irksome but Big Country proved that traditional stories, particularly from north of the border, could rock.
"Harvest Home", their first single issued in 1983, is still a crowd favourite, as indeed is pretty much their entire catalogue. From "In a Big Country" and the debut-album "The Crossing", past "Look Away" and "The Seer" to 2013's "The Journey" album, that trademark resolute sound with e-bow 'bagpipe' effects has lived on through three decades. Despite Adamson's sad demise in 2001, Mike Peters has ably filled in on vocals while even-newer bassist Derek Forbes has brought his thunder-thumbs from Simple Minds with aplomb.
To celebrate the journey to, er, "The Journey", Big Country will embark on, um, a very long journey in the shape of a tour. But, not just any old tour - this is the Land's End to John O'Groats Tour!
Taking in the far corners of the UK and including towns not normally included in any band's touring schedule, the jaunt will take place in the autumn and last for a month. Although it's not quite in the 'right' order as the tour-name suggests, Big Country have picked some cracking places to play.
Shetland is the first stop on 12th October, followed by Thurso on mainland Scotland on the 18th (a wise six day gap between the two), then Dunfermline, York and many more across central England and the south, including the nearest to Land's End they could get, Falmouth on 30th October. The tour is currently set to wind up in Grimsby on 9th November.
Tickets are on sale now, priced from £20 upwards. More dates may be added in due course.
- Fri 27th Apr 2018 Big CountryThe Platform (Morecambe)Buy Tickets
- Fri 4th May 2018 Big CountryThe Georgian Theatre/ Green Room (Stockton-on-Tees)Buy Tickets
- Sat 5th May 2018 Big CountryThe Engine Shed/ Platform (university of Lincoln) (Lincoln)Buy Tickets
- Tue 19th Jun 2018 The Skids, Big CountrySummerhall (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Fri 6th Jul 2018 Big CountryMorley Town Hall (Leeds)Buy Tickets
- Thu 13th Sep 2018 Big CountryThe Buttermarket/ Cellars (Shrewsbury)Buy Tickets
- Fri 14th Sep 2018 Big CountryM.E.C.A (Swindon)Buy Tickets
- Sat 15th Sep 2018 Big CountryPhoenix Arts Centre (Exeter)Buy Tickets
- Thu 20th Sep 2018 Big CountryCavern (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Fri 21st Sep 2018 Big CountryRobin (Wolverhampton)Buy Tickets
- Sat 22nd Sep 2018 Big CountryThe Live Rooms (Chester)Buy Tickets
- Thu 11th Oct 2018 Big CountryMK11 (Milton Keynes)Buy Tickets
- Fri 12th Oct 2018 Big CountryWarehouse 23 (Wakefield)Buy Tickets
- Sat 13th Oct 2018 Big CountryO2 Academy Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Fri 26th Oct 2018 Big CountryTown Hall (Louth)Buy Tickets
- Sat 27th Oct 2018 Big CountryHarpenden Public Halls (Hertfordshire)Buy Tickets
- Fri 2nd Nov 2018 Big CountryGorilla (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 3rd Nov 2018 Big CountryBrudenell Social (Leeds)Buy Tickets
- Fri 9th Nov 2018 Big CountryChinnerys (Southend)Buy Tickets
- Sat 10th Nov 2018 Big CountryRoadmender (Northampton)Buy Tickets
- Fri 16th Nov 2018 Big CountryUnder the Bridge (Fulham)Buy Tickets
- Sat 17th Nov 2018 Big CountryThe Old Market (Hove)Buy Tickets
- Wed 21st Nov 2018 Big CountryThe Flowerpot (Derby)Buy Tickets
- Thu 22nd Nov 2018 Big CountrySubscription Rooms (Stroud)Buy Tickets
- Fri 23rd Nov 2018 Big CountryThe Fleece (Bristol)Buy Tickets
- Sat 24th Nov 2018 Big CountryThe Cheese and Grain (Frome)Buy Tickets
- Sun 25th Nov 2018 Big CountryThe Globe (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Fri 30th Nov 2018 The Skids, Big CountryThe Limelight 1/2 (Belfast)Buy Tickets
- Sat 1st Dec 2018 The Skids, Big CountryDublin Academy [1/2/ Green Room] (Dublin)Buy Tickets
- Sat 19th Jan 2019 The Skids, Big CountryThe Guild Hall & Charter Theatre (Preston)Buy Tickets
- Sat 2nd Mar 2019 Big Country: AcousticSt John's Church - Farncombe (Godalming)Buy Tickets