Frank Turner will head up the bill at this year’s XFM Winter Wonderland gig.
The singer-songwriter will be joined by his backing band The Sleeping Souls and there will also be sets from Billy Bragg, The Horrors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, To Kill A King and Billy The Kid at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on December 17. Bragg will be awarded the XFM Inspiration Award on the evening. Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Turner will release the rarities and B-Sides compilation ‘The Third Three Years’ on November 24. The album follows previously released compilations, ‘The First Three Years’ and ‘The Second Three Years’. It will feature demo, live and acoustic versions of some of Turner’s songs as well as a host of cover versions.
Among the covers will be Turner’s take on ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen plus covers of songs by Queen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Noel Coward, Townes Van Zandt, The Weakerthans, Tony Sly and Cory Branan.
The album is comprised of songs recorded since 2011, a period which has seen Turner release his fifth studio album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ as well as perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.