Black Grape have announced a huge UK tour for the end of the year.
The Shaun Ryder-led group will play a massive array of venues across November, with the tour following the release of 2017 album ‘Pop Voodoo’, their first record in 20 years.
Describing the tour, the band’s official biographer and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh said: “I’m delighted to report that Black Grape are back on the road, and with new album Pop Voodoo that really does rock the fuck out of the discotheque.
“Shaun’s word play has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones…well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now, and bullshit reigns more than ever, and perversely disguised as candour. We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. This album has that in spades.”
Check out the dates in full below, along with ticket links.
- Thurs 1 Nov – HULL The Welly Club
- Fri 2 Nov – WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23
- Sat 3 Nov – STOKE Keele Uni
- Thurs 8 Nov – SHEFFIELD The Plug
- Fri 9 Nov – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy 2
- Sat 10 Nov – CARLISLE – Old Fire Station
- Thurs 15 Nov – GLOUCESTER Guildhall
- Fri 16 Nov – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
- Weds 21 Nov – EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
- Thurs 22 Nov – GLASGOW O2 ABC
- Fri 23 Nov – NEWCASTLE Riverside
- Sat 24 Nov – BLACKBURN – King George’s Hall
- Thurs 29 Nov – BRISTOL O2 Academy
- Fri 30 Nov – SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
Last year, Black Grape spoke to NME ahead of the general election, and endorsed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Theresa May, I always said this around the Brexit thing,” said Black Grape’s Kermit.
“She angled herself into power. She was playing chess while the rest of them were playing draughts. She is well crafty. She is evil, man.”
He added: “The country needs healing – bringing together. Like [Corbyn] says, ‘for the many, not for the few’. People say ‘oh, it’s socialist’. It’s not. It’s about being human and looking after each other. A lot of them get into politics to line their own pockets.”