Frank Turner on not playing new songs at festivals: ‘It’s the time to slam through the hits’

The singer-songwriter recently announced new album 'Positive Songs For Negative People'

Frank Turner has stated that he won’t be playing many new songs at his festival appearances this summer, despite having a new album coming soon.

The singer-songwriter recently announced the title of his forthcoming sixth LP, which will be called ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’.

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Asked whether he’d be playing any new songs at summer festivals in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, Turner said “probably” but added: “people who are sunburned and sat in a field don’t want to be sitting there tapping their toes through new stuff; they want to be moshing hard to the songs they know.”

He continued: “Not everybody at a festival is there just to see you and, secondly, people’s attention span is shorter, because they’ve already seen 19 bands that day and they’ve got 19 more to see. So it’s not really the time to do free-form experimental jams. It’s the time to slam through the hits.”

Turner’s new album follows on from 2013’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’. The former Million Dead frontman recently described it as “a record about defiance, about picking yourself up when you’re down, and the title reflects that”.

The singer has already unveiled a track from the release, with ‘Get Better’ dropping in March.

Discussing the upcoming album’s sound, Turner previously told NME, “I’m really happy with the production… I knew I wanted it to be a live, raw record. The missing piece of the puzzle was [producer] Butch Walker.” The LP was recorded in nine days in Nashville at the end of 2014. “I play electric guitar on more than half the record, including ‘Get Better’,” added Turner.

The album will feature a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson on a song about Christa McAuliffe, the primary school teacher who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. It also features a track called ‘The Angel Islington’ which picks up where ‘Broken Piano’, the final song of Turner’s last album, 2013’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’, left off.


Meanwhile, Frank Turner has confirmed that his ninth straight appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival this year will be an official record. Turner will play the festival without his Sleeping Souls band, headlining the Festival Republic Stage with a special solo appearance in August.

Frank Turner plays Inmusic in Zagreb, Croatia, June 22-24. Tickets are available now.