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I Love Poland

With the amount of jetting around the place that I do, it’s inevitable that every now and again there’ll be a fuck-up. That doesn’t stop them being mortifying when they do happen, but they are, to a degree, inevitable once in a while. When they do happen, my team and I work around the clock to set the situation straight and try and make everything work out as best as possible for everyone.

So. It was recently brought to my attention that the people at Rock Am Ring and Rock Am Park festivals had changed the days on which I was due to play. This information slipped through the cracks. But it meant that we had a double-booking with the show we had booked in Poznan, Poland. This was agonizing news for me – my manager and agent, naturally, said that the festivals had to come first. But it pained me to think that we would have to cancel the Polish show, and that people might think that I don’t care about Poland, when in fact I had been looking forward to that show much more.

After much shuftying around, we’ve now worked it out that the Poznan show at Meskalina will happen, but it has been moved to June 3rd. I know this may not be ideal for some people who have already made plans, but it seems better to me than outright canceling the gig. All existing tickets are still valid etc. etc. And we’ll be at Rock am Park on the 4th, and Rock am Ring on the 5th. Hopefully everyone’s happy.

I’m also confirmed to play at Mannifest on the Isle Of Man on August 7th. It’ll be my first visit to the island and I’m stoked, so see you there.

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Pre-Order Frenzy

Graham, my tour manager, lives in the countryside, in the wilds of County Durham, on the side of a beautiful English valley. I’ve been stopping off here on days off on tours for about seven years now, and it never ceases to take my breath away, looking over the landscape and breathing fresh air. The view today is slightly marred by a massive tour bus, which Robert, our driver, has miraculously managed to park round the back of the house. But the effect remains the same. The last proper day off I had was in San Francisco, and as much as I love that city, I’ll take where I am right now over there any day.

We’re a mere three weeks away from the album release now. Things are starting to reach fever pitch (and we haven’t, as far as I know, had any leaks yet, which is a relief). My record labels (Xtra Mile and Epitaph) are keenly encouraging everyone to pre-order the record. There is a degree of industry machination behind this. The logic goes, that if as many people as possible put themselves down to get a copy on the day of release, then it makes a bigger impact on that day, not least by getting us a higher chart position. That then raises the profile, makes people sit up and take notice, and generally moves Operation: WorldTakeover one step closer to completion.

I’m ever so slightly ambivalent about this. Part of me thinks that people should just get the record when they want to (as no doubt they will). But at the same time, it does make sense for me and my career. And occasionally I get titbits of information which get me all excited about the pre-order drive. Apparently, for the moment, I’m about equal in pre-sales with the Arctic Monkeys, who are releasing a record on the same day. With all due love and respect for those guys, I think I can still fairly say I’m the underdog by comparison, and the idea that we might pip a band with more money, profile and industry backing, tickles me somewhat.

So the upshot of all this is for me to say that if you’re planning on getting a copy of England Keep My Bones on June 6th when it comes out anyway, please do take the time to get a pre-order in now. For starters, the good folks at iTunes have a link up now, at which you can actually preview the album tracks too – so go have a listen. For UK people wanting to pre-order physical copies, the links are to the right of this post, and there are details on which ones have what here. Americans, Europeans and the rest can get involved with pre-orders by heading for the Epitaph store.

Right, now that we’ve got that out of the way, a couple of other bits and pieces. I’m happily confirmed for a full band set at Festa Di Radio Onda D’Urto in Brescia, Italy, on August 15th. We’ll also be in Vienna, Austria, on June 19th, at B72. Tickets are already selling fast, so go get yours now!

Enough of this internetting, I’m off to have a proper day off roaming the hills of the north-east. US and more UK and European tour dates coming shortly, so see everyone soon.

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Breakfast In Dundee

It really hasn’t been that long since I did a blog post, in the grand scheme of things, but a lot of ground has been covered in the meantime. April was the craziest month. The shows in Canada and America were great, new friends made, new tattoos acquired. As I have mentioned in a few places, there is a massive, proper, full-band, headline tour of the USA and Canada coming in the fall. The dates are coming soon (I’m pestering everyone to let me release them now, haha). Watch this space. Now I’m in Dundee, a town I haven’t visited for a long time, and it’s good to be back.

News for today! Finally, I’m pleased to say that the video for “Peggy Sang The Blues” is with us! Right now you can check it out at NME.com (for the UK), Visions.de (for our European friends) and pastemagazine.com (for my yankee compadres). It’ll be up on my youtube channel soon as well, I hope you like it.

Also for my dear American friends, there are now pre-order links live for the new album through Interpunk and Smartpunk – both of which will come with a signed album poster. Check it out.

Looking back to the old continent again, it always pleases me to break new ground – Latvia and Poland are some of my favourite parts of Europe to play – so it’s with a smile on my face that I can announce that I’m coming to Croatia for the first time. 9th August sees me and the band appearing at the Terraneo Festival in Sibenik. Details can be found here.

Finally, I got an email out of the blue the other day from a guy called Abdulla. Because Abdulla is a fantastic human being, he took it upon himself to write out the music for the piano part to Jet Lag. This is something a lot of people have asked me for over the years, but because I’m shit at the piano and can’t write music, it wasn’t something I could provide. Now I can. Thanks, Abdulla! Enjoy, everyone else.

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1001 – A Radio Odyssey

It’s raining in Toronto. This is particularly galling because when I left London the weather was unseasonably delightful. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m back on the North American continent, which is always a delightful thing. Also, after the triumphant chaos that was my 1000th show in London the other day, I played my 1001st last night, and celebrated with my tour manager Jimmy giving me a prison-style tattoo (hand-pricked, no gun) in the hotel afterwards. Rock, and indeed roll.

Today is, for the UK at least, radio D-Day, and there is much to discuss. First of all, the new single, “Peggy Sang The Blues“, is getting its first plays on air tonight. First of all my old pal Zane Lowe will be spinning the tune on his show between 7 and 8 tonight on BBC Radio One. After that it’ll be getting plays on XFM and Kerrang Radio too. All of which is ace. To coincide with all that, the song will be available to buy from UK iTunes pretty much straight after that, so check the link.

Also, for the UK, here are the pre-order links for the album, each of which has its own individual super-powers. The Amazon link gets you a special edition with a signed sleeve. The HMV link enters you for a chance to get tickets to the Barfly show on June 6th. And the Banquet Records people will treat you right and support independent music and record shops. Take your pick.

For those outside the UK, tonight at 9pm UK time (4pm EST) the good people at Spin.com will be putting “Peggy” up to stream on their website for everyone to check out. Enjoy! Also, if you want to pre-order the record (and I hope you do..!) you can now get it on CD and vinyl from the Kings Road online store, complete with exclusive shirts.

Next on the agenda: we’re looking for some people (from the UK again) to help out with album promotion. Basically, we’ll send you some stickers, posters and the like, and you pester the living shit out of your nearest and dearest. If that interests you at all, here’s what you do: send a mail to fan.support@pias.com, with the subject line “Frank Turner Album Attack“, and include your name and what town / city / village / prison / rural settlement you live in. After that we’ll get back to you and let you know the score. Thanks!

Finally, online merch. We’ve been having some teething problems with the Kings Road store, not least with shipping costs to the UK. I’m not unaware of the problem and we’ve been working on sorting it out. I think we have it down now, and there’s also some new designs in there, so do check it out.

I think that’s everything for today. Things are really starting to gear up for the new record right now, which is exciting for me, so expect further manic updates from hotel rooms across America in the coming days.

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I Know What Time It Is

I’m back in London, and the weather is glorious. Thankfully most of today’s interviews are to be done on the phone, which means I can sit on a step in the sunshine and enjoy the weather. Blissful. The journey home from Australia was punishing (36 hours door to door in the end), and while I felt a bit fucked yesterday, this morning I woke up to a small part of my brain shouting “See! I fucking told you this is what the time was!” I don’t think I ever properly acclimatized to Aussie time, so I’m not feeling to shabby. Huzzah!

Speaking of Australia, man, what a time. Everyone was super awesome as per usual, in particular friends Jen Buxton and Isaac Graham. The shows were a blast and I was sad to leave. I’ll be back as soon as is feasible, hopefully with the band in tow next time.

Some show announcements (what else?). First of all, I will not, I’m sad to say, be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. I know a lot of people are disappointed about that – I am too. I can’t really go into the mechanics of the booking process this year, but I do want to state for the record that this isn’t some malicious attack on Glasto punters by me. I really wanted to play this year but it didn’t work out. Sorry everyone. Instead, I will be playing the extra Hamburg show with Social Distortion on June 23rd. See you there, Germans!

In other happier news, I’ll be playing a free instore show at the HMV Brighton at 4pm in the afternoon of my show there for the Great Escape (May 12th). That’s as well as the talk at 2pm. Gonna be a busy day.I’ll also be on the main stage at this year’s Kendal Calling on the Sunday night (July 31st) with my band.

Final show news of today – I’m coming back to Poland! Hurrah! This time it’ll be with my band. We’re playing Club Meskalina in Poznan on Sunday June 5th. I’ll have ticket links and will post them soon. I love Poland, so this is good.

Finally, I guy called Dan is working on a photo project right now, and it’s awesome, and he needs your help. I’ll let him flesh out the details on his site, but I’d recommend everyone to head over there now. That’s all from me today, back to the interview storm!

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Over Down Under

As confidently predicted in my last blog post, Australia has succeeded in remaining awesome in the year that I’ve been away. As also predicted, flying from Berlin to here is a pain in the balls, and I am far from settled into this time zone. The good side of that is that long hours spent awake while Sydney sleeps are a great time for me to listen to Josh T Pearson records and get on with writing up my book of tour diaries – I’ve done more work on that in the last 24 hours than I have in months, so the project is creeping a little faster towards completion, which is a good feeling.

After a blathering introduction, I will be brief. More shows have been added (predictably enough) that I want to tell you all about. Firstly, on May 23rd I will be playing an instore at the excellent Rise Records in Cheltenham. It’s a free show but you will need a wristband to get in. Details of how to get one of those can be found right here.

Next up, I have added a little show at the Whitley Bay Playhouse on July 7th, details and tickets here. And finally, I will be appearing at this year’s Belladrum festival in Scotland, which is excellent, because Scotland is excellent, so there’ll just be a whole truckload of excellentness (excellence?) going on right there. OK?

Right, I’m wiped out and press schedule for the day hasn’t even started yet. Oops. Time for some weird interview answers, eh?

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Auf Wiedersehn, Bitches

I’m at a hotel at the airport in Berlin, preparing myself, mentally and physically, for the total arse-wipe of a flight to Australia. 3 different planes, 26 hours, and a kick-in-the-balls time change to boot. The excellent consolation is that at the end of it I’ll be in Australia, which is plain awesome, but don’t expect me to not complain about it.

A couple of things to mention. First up, I’m pleased to say I’ll be back in the North-East (of England) this summer, in the form of Ignition Festival, on August 6th. Tickets and information are right here. Also on the gig front, I’m pleased to say that on the day of my show in Brighton for the Great Escape Festival (May 12th), I’ll be doing a talk at 2pm at the Pavilion. I’m not 100% sure what it involves, mainly me talking about life, the universe and everything, with some healthy Q&A sessions at the end. Come join.

Also on the gig front… My 1000th show, in London on April 21st, is nearly sold out now, so if you’re planning on coming I’d get tickets now. There were less than 40 left at the last count. For that show, we’ve got a run of very limited “Frank Turner is 1000 gigs old” shirts, only 200 will ever exist, so get down early and pick one up.

Finally, speaking of 1000 shows… To coincide with the milestone, my good friend David Nicol is selling a print of a shot he took at my first ever solo show, back in September 2004. You can check it out and order one here. Enjoy.

Right, to the plane…

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The Silver Screen

I was recently asked if I’d like to take part in the Relentless Short Stories competition. It’s an annual contest for film makers, they have to make a short film on a certain theme and the winner gets crowned queen of the prom (or something). Anyways, a guy called James Henry decided he wanted to make a film about me, and I agreed to be part of it. We filmed a couple of shows and did some interviewing, and James went away to turn it into a proper piece. I was a little nervous about how it would come out, in all honesty, but I’m very pleased to say that he did a stellar job. I actually felt kind of cool watching it, not a common feeling for me. You should check it out for yourself.

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Argument Winning For Fun & Profit

It turns out that the best way to win an argument with your label about whether or not it’s a good idea to leak a track is to just get on and do it. Everyone’s claiming it was their idea now, haha. Anyways. I’m very pleased that people seem to like the new song I posted yesterday. The reaction has been such that, as of this morning, the good folks at NME.com have the song up for free download, so you don’t have to spend your life listening on YouTube. Check it out here.

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The Julian Assange Of Rock & Roll

I’m finally back from holiday, fully recharged and raring to go. The album countdown proper starts here. There’s a whole lot of news to get through, so let’s get started!

The first news is about the album itself. “England Keep My Bones“, as we know, will be released on June 6th (UK) and 7th (rest of world). Check out the artwork over at my Facebook page. It’ll be available on CD for the most part, but we’re doing a special edition as well – it will have 3 extra songs and special leather-bound packaging. You’ll be able to get both the normal and the extended edition through iTunes, 7Digital and the like as well. We will also be pressing vinyl of the album, though that’s coming a little later.

Pre-order links for the album are starting to appear around the place (you can pre-order a signed special edition copy here, for example). One of the best places to head for is right here. On June 6th I’ll be playing a special show at the Barfly in London. It’s a tiny room, and to get tickets you ust need to pre-order the album from HMV and you’ll be entered into a draw for one of 75 pairs of tickets for the show. Simples, as I’d say if I watched TV, which I don’t.

We will also be releasing a single from the album, naturally. The song “Peggy Sang The Blues” is a tune I wrote for my grandmother, which has had a fair few outings live recently. More details on that release coming soon.

Next up, while I’ve been away, the folks at FTHQ have been confirming festivals in the UK and Germany willy-nilly, so I’ve been posting them up today. I’ll be at Guernsey Festival in July, and Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall in August. In Germany, I’ll be at Oma’s Teich, Taubertal, Rocco Del Schlocko and Open Flair in August. There are more festival announcements coming soon.

Finally, and by no means least… It’s one of the features of the way the music business works that there’s an agonizing time-lag, for a musician, between finishing a piece of work and unleashing it on the world. I can see the point – promotion and preparation are important to me and the label – but it’s still frustrating to be sitting here on a finished record without being able to play it to people. Well, after much wheedling and whining on my part, I think I’ve got the tacit nod to give you guys a sneak preview of one of the new songs. Go here to check out “I Am Disappeared“. I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to do this. If not, well, fuck it. Publish and be damned! Hope you like it.

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