The musicians will follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Julian Assange
Barât will appear at the prestigious university on February 11 to speak to students, whilst Turner will talk on January 27. Russell Brand will also appear, reports The Express. For more information, visit cus.org. Previous speakers at the union include Julian Assange, Clint Eastwood, Sir Winston Churchill Sir John Major and Theodore Roosevelt.
Carl Barat recently said he wants to form a new band before releasing any more music. Barat released a self-titled solo album in 2010 and has recorded a second with The Bronx’s Joby Ford, although says he won’t release it while he’s on his own. He said: “I don’t want to be a solo artist anymore, I want to get another band together and I want to do that straight away. I’ve made a record I’m really proud of, but I’ve worked too hard to just put it out there. The songs are great, so I don’t just want to get a load of session players in the tour it. I want the best band around me to play it, I want the gang mentality.”
Meanwhile, Frank Turner has announced details of a new EP. The singer-songwriter will release the five-track ‘Polaroid Picture’ EP on February 3 through Xtra Mile Recordings. It will feature one new song, ‘Sweet Albion Blues’ and a host of covers, including his version of Biffy Clyro’s ‘Who’s Got A Match’, Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Modern Leper’ and The Weakerthans’ ‘Plea From A Cat Named Virtue’. The release coincides with Turner’s arena tour, which takes place throughout February.
Frank Turner will play:
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (February 6)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (7)
Edinburgh Corn Exchange (8)
Manchester Phones 4u Arena (9)
Plymouth Pavilions (11)
London The O2 (12)
Portsmouth Guildhall (13)