Robyn Hitchcock announces autumn 2013 UK tour

Posted: 22nd July 2013
Enigmatic songwriter follows up Love From London album with more shows, tickets on sale now
Robyn Hitchcock

What the world needs right now is love, sweet love. Or instead, maybe "Love From London", the most-recent and rather glorious long-player from one of the UK's most imaginative songwriters and performers, Robyn Hitchcock.

Much has happened since Hitchcock first arrived on the scene in the '70s with his critically-acclaimed (but often misunderstood) outfit The Soft Boys. Various economical rises and falls, riots, the break-up of The Soft Boys and the beginning of a long and fruitful, if not hugely commercial, solo career that has resulted in bright cerebral pop music recorded with the help of members from his own Venus 3 and Egyptians, plus R.E.M., Ministry (no, really), XTC and most recently KT Tunstall (on the limited 12" release "There Goes The Ice").

His ear for a tune hasn't waned as has been proven with "Love From London", ten songs of social, political and personal commentary levelled at his beloved (and occasionally beleaguered) hometown, dressed up in a dandy suit of gentle pastoral pop with an occasional flash of bite. On his website he describes the songs as "paintings you can listen to and celebrates life in a culture imperiled by economic and environmental collapse".

All of which makes for a top live show. His tour-dates for the autumn include stops in York, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and a rare show in Witney!

Tickets for all shows are on sale now, priced from £10 to £15 upwards.

Paul Pledger