Fresh from an appearance at an Olympics celebration concert at London’s Hyde Park, folk-rock band Levellers are bringing their intimate acoustic tour to Harrogate’s Royal Hall next month.
The Levellers have long been and still are, one of the best live bands around, but it’s still hard to believe that Brighton’s boisterous rag-tag group of ‘leftie’ folk-rockers will be 25 next year.
Formed in 1988, this band with a social conscience not only produced some cracking tunes, but engendered an anti-capitalist spirit that struck a chord with those searching for more than a sing-a-long chorus (although they’re in abundance too). At a time when it was desperately untrendy, Mark Chadwick, Jon Sevink, Jeremy Cunningham, Simon Friend, Charlie Heather and Matt Savage took travellers’ music mainstream and never looked back.
It may surprise some that The Levellers sold more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act.
Their hit singles included This Garden, One Way, Just The One and Battle of the Beanfield while their bestselling albums included Levelling the Land, Zeitgeist and Mouth to Mouth.
But it seems their incisive lyrics, innate musicality and passion have continued to improve rather than diminish in nearly a quarter of a century of writing, recording and performing. They recently released their tenth studio album, Static On The Airwaves was heralded as their most accomplished album to date.
Their forthcoming six-date Levellers Acoustic tour will see the six-piece play two sets featuring live favourites and hits from their previous studio albums plus a few tracks from the new album.
The Levellers will perform at the Royal Hall at 8pm on Saturday, September 29.
For tickets, telephone the box office on 01423 502 116 or book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk