Gigs & Festivals

Graham Coxon announces album, summons local bands as tour support

By | Published on Thursday 12 January 2012

Graham Coxon

Graham Coxon is all set to release a new album, and he really doesn’t care who knows it. Having worked with producer Ben Hillier (Elbow, Doves, Blur’s ‘Think Tank’) on his eighth studio long player, which is due out via EMI/Parlophone on 2 Apr, Coxon defines the LP as: “Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs”.

He has also put out a call for local bands in possession of “punk rock spirit” to compete to provide regional support on his forthcoming tour, inviting aspiring acts to submit their videos to Fans are then asked to nominate their favourites, from which Graham will choose an opening act for each venue.

Speaking about the venture, which is held in partnership with NME, he says: “We’ll just see what we find, I’m quite interested in having a variety of different types of music really. It doesn’t have to be guitar-y drums punk-y stuff, it doesn’t have to be in any way sounding like up-to-the-minute, all the rage. I’m quite open minded”.

Tour dates:

13 Apr: Oxford, Academy,
15 Apr: Gateshead, Sage
16 Apr: Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
19 Apr: Manchester, Sound Control
20 Apr: Sheffield, Leadmill
21 Apr: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
23 Apr: Brighton, Concorde
24 Apr: Cambridge, Junction
25 Apr: London, The Forum
27 Apr: Gloucester, Guildhall
28 Apr: Bristol, Trinity
29 Apr: Exeter, Phoenix
30 Apr: Falmouth, Princess Pavilions