All things Skinny! New Video, New Album, UK Tour.

It’s all systems go at the moment at Skinny HQ! Our new album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’ is scheduled for release on the 20th April 2015 on Xtra Mile Recordings. ‘Why so long?’ we hear you say – well, we have lots of stuff going on leading up to this exciting date believe us!

The official video for ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’ is now out and available to watch here:

This is actually a true story about when Dan got a little courageous after a few too many drinks and ruffled a punk’s mohawk. Needless to say it didn’t end well. The video is filmed on pretty much the same spot and includes live footage from our recent sold out gig at the infamous 100 Club.

Also, for a limited time only you can pre-order the album for a reduced rate of £5.99 & instantly bag yourself an mp3 of ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’ for FREE! BARGAIN! Yes – we’re feeling very generous in the lead up to Christmas – just click HERE to order your copy.

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To celebrate the release of the album, we’re also very excited to announce that tickets are NOW ON SALE for our next UK Tour. Click on the links and get your tickets NOW!!

DATES:

April 22nd – BIRMINGHAM – The Rainbow Venues – Tickets
April 23rd – GLASGOW – Nice ‘n’ Sleazy – Tickets
April 24th – EDINBURGH – Voodoo Rooms – Tickets
April 25th – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – Cluny 2 – Tickets
April 28th – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute – Tickets
April 29th – LEEDS – The Brudenell Social Club – Tickets
April 30th – SHEFFIELD – The Leadmill – Tickets
May 1st – NOTTINGHAM – The Bodega – Tickets
May 2nd – CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Junction 2 – Tickets
May 5th – BRISTOL – Exchange Bristol – Tickets
May 6th – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach – Tickets
May 7th – LONDON – O2 Academy Islington – Tickets
May 8th – NORWICH – Waterfront Studio – Tickets
May 9th – LEICESTER – O2 Academy2 Leicester – Tickets

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Next year is going to be very exciting with more new tracks being released in the lead up to April, European tour dates and a trip to SXSW which is to be the first of hopefully many trips to the States next year. Bring it on people!

Japan – out with a BANG!

Next morning we’re up and at it again. It’s another train journey heading back easterly to a town called Nagoya (half way to Tokyo). On arrival we dump our stuff at the hotel and head to sound check at the venue. It’s another Club Quattro – this time in a shopping mall. I can’t wait to get looking at the shops! And as soon as we’re done, taking photos and signing stuff in Tower Records, we all have a look about.

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Max darts off in a cab as he wants to find a shop recommended by someone on the previous night. You can tell he’s going with trepidation but I encourage him saying it’s an adventure!

He turns up later looking a little shell-shocked. He shows us a picture where the shop was. It looks dark and he stated that it wasn’t even open! He had to ring a doorbell as the cab had left him there in the middle of nowhere. He spoke no Japanese and they spoke no English. He didn’t buy anything and started to panic that he was going to miss the gig. Of course, we all laugh when he returns!

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The gig is great fun as usual and after the show we meet some competition winners who are really great fun. Next up we meet up with Takayo who brings us lovely gifts and photos and has another photo lying on the signing bench.

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Then it’s another delicious dinner. I’m drunker than I planned so bedtime is a little blurry.

Next day is our last day in Japan. Boo hoo! It’s an early start and I know it’s going to be a full day. Another train journey and then we’re picked up and heading for the festival Asagiri Jam. We can see the top of Mount Fuji above the clouds. It’s immense! It’s lucky too as there were thoughts that the festival would be cancelled due to a typhoon. Anyway, luckily the weather looks good and off we go for our last festival fun for the year! Exciting.

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The site looks great and we pick up our free t-shirts straight away and crack on with beer. Sota has found a fun plastic Japanese style kettle we can use for a flagon since ours was still missing (don’t worry people – this kind of thing happens especially when you’re as drunk crazy as we were that night in Tokyo).

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It’s not the first time a flagon went missing and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last! Anyway, we have a funny flagon, the crew set up and off we go! The crowd is immediately receptive and we have a blast! The Japanese crowd is so much fun and the 50-minute set goes way too fast!

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lorna crowd asagire

We eat some lovely food and finish off a bottle of saki as we head back to Tokyo for a last night out! Larry is the DJ and he rocks the tunes that keep up awake and ready to hit the Karaoke bars. Shame that the best hotel we stay in is this one and we’re not planning on sleeping before we take off for our plane at 5am. The hotel is the one that features in James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’ and yep it’s pretty swanky. The Beatles also stayed here during there only Japan tour.

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…we drunkenly part ways with our Japanese friends and Larry heads off to bed whilst the band head out. OUT OUT! We eat some weird food – skin on sticks.? and then its off we go for a sing a long. We pay for an hour but end up staying for 4. The glasses smash, the keys go off and there’s dancing, screeching and general fun. Whoop!

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We make it home in time for some room service and another beer before it’s time to get picked up. The encounter at the airport is pretty shocking. I remember a bottle of rum being confiscated at security and then its sleeeeeeep on the VERY long plane journey home. Thank you for making us feel like rock stars Japan! We LOVE IT!

Japan – great to be back!

Yes. Skinny Lister are returning to Japan after our last momentous set of gigs at Fuji Rock last year. Amazing! We are all very excited ad as soon as we arrive (first thing in the morning) we hit Shibuya for green tea and food. None of us really have a clue what we’ve ordered but no one is disappointed when it arrives. De-lish!!

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The first couple of days involve acclimatising and long nights awake. Jet lag is immense! Beer helps for the first few hours of sleep but not to get through the night. Maybe its because we’re all over stimulated by the Supermanesque music which blasts out over the streets, or the large amount of people and bright lights going on in the city. One thing we were all overwhelmed with was a kind of gambling game called Pachinko, but instead of winning money you collect a tray of barbarians. The noise is ridiculous as the balls fly out of the machines!

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Monday – work starts. It’s great to see Sota, our label manager from Uncle Owen Records and, Chris and Sasha from Smash! Lucky to have such a crew!

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First off we have 3 interviews. The first is for a website called British Music in Japan, then there is one for CD Journal and then one for the amazing named magazine called Bollocks! In theory we thought these meetings wouldn’t last very long but as we start into it we realize it’s going to take a while. The interpretations, even of short answers, seem to take forever. It’s great watching the listeners face and trying to guess which part they’re laughing at. Anyway, Go is the interviewer for Bollocks magazine and he also plays penny whistle in a Celtic punk band called Junior so we invite him to come and join us on stage for a couple of songs at the Tokyo gig. He accepts so we’re looking forward to that!

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Next day we head to Inter FM radio station to do a live set and interview with Ready Stead George. It’s great fun and all over too quickly.

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Back to the hotel and then Thom, Dan and I are off to Rockin On Magazine, which is a huge music magazine in Japan. After that we all met up and I went with our interpreter Satchi to a Japanese Onsen (hot spa) whilst the fellas had king of sushi! It’s always nice to have a bit of girl time!! The best bit was a bath filled with silk water – completely opaque and left a silky smooth finish! After that we met up again and went for drinks at our friend Buchi’s bar Café and Diner Studio. It was his birthday too so a cake and sing-a-long was necessary of course! We also had a little lesson in writing our names.

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Wednesday is gig day and we can’t wait! We roll out of bed into a rehearsal room – a rude awakening but we want to make sure all is tight. It’s our first gig with the Mule returned so it feels good when it all comes together. After rehearsal we take some pictures in HMV and tower records and then head to sound check. The venue looks great and the rider even better with whole platters of sushi, beer rum and whiskey. Yum. Before the show we meet some competition winners who bring us saki and a great musical card this sets us right up for a 90 minute set. Whoop! It’s a party! There’s moshing, singing and jumping and I see the flagon bump around the crowd. Amazing times! We all get too excited, get drunk and then my last memory is being dancing on the bar and being carried to a table to dance there.

Thursday’s schedule is hectic. We catch a bullet train to Osaka, a large city to the west of Tokyo. Feeling a little worse for wear but good to travel a bit.

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We have to sign a few things at two different Tower Record stores and then before we know it it’s time to get on stage. The party starts again and then dinner afterwards is always blooming good. One night we had Shabu Shabu where you cook your own meat in bubbling oil in the middle of the table. Loadsa fun!

Anyway, here’s a picture of Larry!

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UK October Tour & other Skinny news!

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FOR 5 NIGHTS ONLY, we will be rolling into a UK town near you and playing our forthcoming album in its entirety! 12 new tracks. 12 new ways to dance. 5 Cities. 5 Hangovers. We might even throw some old songs in there as well! A lot of heart and a lot of sweat have gone into the new songs and we can’t wait to share them with you.

October 22nd – MANCHESTER – Night & Day Cafe – Tickets here
October 23rd – BRISTOL – The Full Moon & Attic Bar – Tickets here
October 24th – LEICESTER – The Scholar – Tickets here
October 25th – LONDON – The 100 Club – Tickets here
October 26th – BRIGHTON – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Tickets here

UK, Europe & US news on album release and touring coming very soon..!

PS. GERMANY! We’ll see you at the amazing REEPERBAHN Festival in Hamburg on Wednesday 17th September. We had a great time there 2 years ago and know that this year will not disappoint! Tickets here

PPS. Are you in need of a new shirt? Is your old punk rock back patch worn and tattered? Is your Koozie not keeping your beer cold like it used to? Well look no further than the ONLINE SKINNY SHOP!

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Summer’s here – Festival time!

It has truly been an epic first half of 2014. We can’t believe how fast it has gone, with material recorded for the second album (release date still not clear but looking like early next year), an immense support tour with The Dropkick Murphys, a US Headline Tour including the amazing festivals Bonnaroo and Summerfest completed and already going full steam ahead into UK and German festivals….whoop whoop! Skinny Lister is bringing the party!

For those of you not lucky enough to be dipping your wellies in the mud and tripping over casualties laid in it, here’s a short clip of our gig on the Saturday at the Avalon Stage.

It was so good to see lots of familiar and new people in the crowd…needless to say, this is probably my last memory of the weekend and even a week later when heading to Binger Open Air Festival in Germany I was still recovering…great fun though in a beautiful setting, followed by another beautiful setting only 24 hours later in the rolling fields of Gloucestershire in a small but busy festival called Nibley.

Like I said I joined the band to get into festivals for free… all great fun and we can’t wait for more of it….here’s where we’re going to be over the next couple of months. The question is, where will we see you?!

Friday 11th July – Festibelly, New Forest tickets here

Saturday 12th July – Phono Pop Festival, Rüsselsheim, Germany. Tickets here

Thursday 24th July – Otley Courthouse, Otley. Tickets here

Friday 25th July – Wickerman Festival, Dundrennan, Scotland. Tickets here

Sunday 27th July – Simon Says Festival, Leicester. Tickets here

Thursday 31st July – Cambridge Folk Festival. SOLD OUT

Friday 1st August – Farmfestival, Bruton, Somerset. Tickets here

Sunday 3rd August – Arcu Atlånticu, Gijon, Spain. FREE

Friday 8th August – BoomTown Festival, Hampshire. Tickets here

Friday 15th August – Beautiful Days Festival, Devon SOLD OUT

US Tour – Final leg..

We’re all excited by a day off and even though it’s still an 8 hour drive to Philly, we stop by a pub and watch England play. We’ve been on the road constantly since arriving in the States so it feels amazing to get a cab into town and watch some football, drink some drinks and eat some burgers – and errr…deep fried Oreos!!? No one really minds that England didn’t win.

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Looking forward very much to seeing our good friend and booking agent Eva we hit the road the next day! We play the North Star Bar where we played last time and have great fun – all getting a little too drunk! The boys go to the ‘real’ Rocky steps this time (discovering they went to the back of the building last time – duh) and we see old friends and new at the gig.

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Next up is Boston. We’re excited about this show especially as it’s already SOLD OUT! It definitely feels good to be back!  The crowd is amazing and Michael introduces them to our manikin, Rachel, who decides to take to the sky and crowd surf about the packed bar. Thom the drummer also runs on stage in Rachel’s bikini like a crazy nut. A great show and a great party! Cheers Boston!

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New York is next on the agenda. IT’S UNBELIEVABLY HOT!!! We can barely think let alone sort all our stuff but eventually we do it and when we return to the venue, we’re grateful to Dave Engelman for the bloody great big strong rum he’s bought us. Uh oh!!! Tonight is going to be party night! Beer is spilt a plenty and we’re all out to party as we have 3 days off in New York!! After the bottle of rum is drunk and we’ve luckily avoided being locked in at the venue, we head out on to the streets of New York… There’s lots of happy faces and we’re all surprised when Thom the drummer takes down most of the fellas in the bar when challenged to arm wrestling competitions…

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Our three day break in New York is great and well deserved if I do say so myself! No mean feat playing so many gigs on as many hangovers without time off. Although when you think we should have rested we certainly didn’t do that…we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, drank coffee in Little Italy, played spike ball, drank copious amounts of margaritas in various parks, saw The National play, ate lots of great food, watched football and celebrated the birthdays of KC from Onward etc. and Forest Woodward, friend and photographers.

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Grand Rapids is fun, reuniting with The Bangups who open up for us and Ultimate Mark from Stepdad – both bands we met on Vans Warped Tour 2012. We’re all really excited though as the next day we head to what is supposed to be the largest waterpark in the WOOOOORRRLLLD!! I’m not sure about that but its great to go down the devil’s drop and other various flumes before heading to Hades a rollercoaster that shocked even me!

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I can’t believe Thom, usually terrified of rollercoasters did it and came off smiling. Unbelieavble and good fun before the last two gigs before home. Minneapolis and Summerfest. The party bus at Minneapolis set the gig off with a bang and it was definitely one of the most drunken nights of the tour, with people hanging from the rafters!…it was great fun though and set us off to Summerfest with warm hearts despite heavy heads. This would be our last show with our good friends Onward Etc . We’ve had an amazing time on the road with these guys – a great band and the nicest guys ever! We’ll miss em.!

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Now back in the UK and ready to take on the fields of GLASTONBURY on the AVALON STAGE on Saturday! WhooooOOOOOOOOOP!

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And then we ventured south…

We drive through the heat for 9 hours after 3 hours sleep the night before. It’s day six of a nine-day stretch complete with gigs each night, and the 5am wake-up call is hard hitting! Despite this, our memories of Charlotte are good as we’ve played here with Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy’s and on the Vans Warped Tour and it’s a gig with good presale tickets so we’re all excited.

The sun is shining and the venue is a great theatre style place. We meet up with our new friend Eric who provides yet another beautiful flagon filled with rum and spend time eating dinner with him – sorry we didn’t get photos done Eric – I think we were all whacked from the sleepless night – hope you made it to work ok!!

The gig was great and we totally felt the energy in the room. Thanks everyone for coming down. Amazing, amazing, amazing…the local opening band, Sinners and Saints were great too – in fact all of our local opening bands have been so great we’re planning on making a playlist so you can all have a listen to our favourite tracks.

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Next day we’re off to Atlanta – not such a long drive so we’re all feeling better from some sleep. We haven’t played this town for over a year since we played with Flogging Molly, so we’re not expecting many to turn up, however, we do remember it being a great show when we were here so I’m looking forward to it. Also joining us are our German friends Pierre and Claus Morgenstern (the photographer who took the photo of me in a circle) come to see us on their tour of America Check out Claus’s blog here.

They take some great photos of us in a simulated photo booth session and then we do some band shots at the club.

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Killing Kuddles open the night with a great set before Onward etc. take over the stage and give yet another wild and wonderful performance. Our friend, Nicole, who we met on Vans Warped Tour, also brings us a bag full of dairy free rum and ginger cookies, which last about 12 hours incidentally!

Our set was great, with everyone singing along to songs from ‘Forge and Flagon’ and some even singing along to tracks that will be on the upcoming album and then even other rarities like Merry Old Dance. Amazing! I was almost moved to tears! Then our young friend Andrew took to the stage and knocked our socks off with some amazing dance moves!

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After the show, the Onward boys crack open a box of Fireworks and we all feel have a small party on the streets of Georgia before heading home for sleep before Huntsville where we’re not quite sure what to expect – other than the venue is a brewery so there’ll be plenty of BEER!

And we’re not wrong. There is P.L.E.N.T.Y of beer. The venue is a brewery with an amazing biergarten out the back.

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It makes for a much needed break from dark clubs and everyone is very relaxed so we take it all in and it feels almost like a holiday in the nine day stint. Needless to say, the night turns into a biggie! Thanks Yellow Hammer Brewery for a fantastic night and a bloody good hotel with a swimming pool – be rude not to take part in some nighttime swimming!

Shit. I didn’t mean to have a hangover on the biggest day of the tour…yes people, it’s day nine and we’re heading to BONNAROOOOOOOOOOOO! There’s always a bit of stress getting into the festival but eventually we’re sorted and all our gear is dropped off at the stage.

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There’s 20 minutes for lunch before a video interview with AltPress and a quick few beers in artist hospitality. We head to the stage where we’re horrified to see a load of chairs in the tent. We haven’t had a sit down gig in a long time! We move a load of chairs and still look on the small crowd a little worried…we take to stage as soon as the band on the main stage stop and all of a sudden there’s 250 to 300 people in the tent all bouncing and singing along. It’s amazing and gives us all such a buzz! There’s people there that saw us on the Vans Warped Tour, with Flogging Molly and Dropkicks and even someone from Fuji Rock festival in Japan was there…unbelievable.

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Can’t believe we’re not staying to party but it’s a long drive to Philadelphia and we want to watch England play the world cup tomorrow as we’ve got a sweepstake going on – the possibility of winning this has got even me interested in the results!

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We’re back and rocking in the States!!!

Flying into Chicago O’Hare airport, picking the van and trailer up all feels very familiar, like we’re returning to an old home. It’s great to be back on the road and even better that we’re able to do it with our good Friend Rosco who joined us on the Flogging Molly Green 17 tour and Coachella last year.

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He’s playing direct support for us in his slam dunking whiskey trucking band Onward etc. The venue, Bottom Lounge is a great looking place, with trains whizzing past the first floor windows constantly on the elevated train tracks famous in Chicago. To make things feel even more familiar Dave, our old drummer happens to be visiting a friend, Christian in Chicago so they come along to the gig too. Christian very kindly lends us his amazing Ludwig drum kit for the tour!

Onward etc. hit the stage with force and deliver a great set. It’s going be a great tour, I know it already! The show is lots of fun…there’s dancing, drinking and hollering. Chicago – we love you!

Next day we’re heading to Columbus, OH. Not a place we’ve played before but John, the drummer of Onward etc. is from the town so it’s cool to be meeting his friends. It’s a cool little dive bar and Britton, the promoter looks after us well giving us lots of beer! Chantieng brings cookies for us too – all is well with the world!

Next up is Cincinnati. We arrive early so get ourselves an ice-cream and enjoy the sun, though Slim is bitterly disappointed by his choice as it was possibly the sweetest thing ever known to man. Shame since he’s trying very hard to stay in good shape – nigh on impossible on the road!! Our name is up in letters in front of the Taft Theatre – it’s a big old venue but we have a good crowd. The Young Heirlooms open up before Onward etc., of which the female singer had a stunning voice – check them out people!

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After the show it’s party time at the amazing house of Erin and Alex of Foxy Shazam. I had my first ever Newcastle Brown and we drink and chat and howl at the moon. Next morning we head into a pork joint for a greasy breakfast.

Never has anywhere felt so familiar as the House of Blues in Cleveland, even though we’ve only played it twice (sadly missing our 3rd opportunity to play there last tour with the Dropkicks due to visa problems). After setting up our Skinny Shop and doing our sound check we head to Flannery’s for some food, where we meet the wonderful Molly who greets us with a big old bottle of rum which was easily demolished during the show! Another great opening band was Johnny and the Applestompers. Onward etc. killed it as usual and then when we came to the stage the crowd were ready to party Skinny Style.

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Holly deserves a special mention here as she’s one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. We have the banner Holly and we’ll treasure it!

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Next up is Pittsburgh. Tacos for dinner with some weird cocktail of beer and bloody Mary mix really hit the spot before we head to The Thunderbird Café which is another cool little dive bar. Slim continually looks for places to squeeze in some yoga – here he is doing the ‘smokin’ sidecrow outside Wendy’s!

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The legendary Larry is at the bar buying me jaeger and yep, again I manage to be drunk before getting on stage. Tsk.

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After the show we share a few drinks with people including Liz from Rusted Root…here’s a pic with me, Liz and Larry!

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Then we head straight home as it’s an early start in the morning. And by home I mean Lauren and Justin from Anti Flag’s pad, where we stayed a few months ago. This couple are amazing – thanks for staying up and chatting with us when you had to be up so early next day Lauren for the Vans Warped Tour!! Love to all there! See you at Glastonbury Justin on Sunday at the Leftfield stage!!

Skinny Lister / Boy George!!

Jet lag is put to bed and we’re now looking forward to getting on the road with the legend that is Boy George! Yep…we’ll be hitting Scotland and England in six shows starting next Sunday in Edinburgh.

Here’s the dates and ticket links…

30/3/14 Edinburgh – The Liquid Room – On stage 7:30pm tickets
31/3/14 Manchester – The Ritz 7:30pm – On stage 7:30pm tickets
1/4/14   Birmingham – Institute – On stage 7:30pm tickets
3/4/14   London – Indigo – On stage 7:30pm tickets
4/4/14   Norwich – The waterfront – On stage 7pm tickets
5/4/14   Bristol – Academy – On stage 7:30pm tickets

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See you there. Make sure you arrive early! xx

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