Sunday, October 10, 2021
with Laura Jane Grace and Austin Meade
Please Note Entry requiremnts for this event have changed:
At the artists request we are requiring that all attendees of this event must provide proof of Covid-19 immunization (vaccinated at least two weeks after final dose) OR proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to event for entry.
Frank Turner didn’t want to write a lockdown song. Over the past year he’s written and rewritten songs, trying to steer himself away from the subject that will no doubt dominate the charts for years to come. But for a man whose life and career is so intrinsically linked to live music, not referencing the dearth of festivals and gigs started to prove impossible. Not least since Turner himself has spent much of lockdown playing virtual shows from his living room, raising over £250,000 to support endangered grassroots venues up and down the UK, many of which might not have otherwise survived the pandemic.
So it’s fitting that Frank’s new single “The Gathering,” an upbeat, Glam-esque stomp, puts a positive spin on things, anticipating a return to normality. “It’s about that moment when you come together in a room full of people, and you lean on a stranger and sing along with the chorus and get the words wrong,” explains Turner. Produced by Rich Costey (Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters), who Turner worked with on 2013’s Tape Deck Heart, “The Gathering” features pile driving drums courtesy of Muse’s Dom Howard and a triumphant guitar solo from Jason Isbell, who recorded remotely from Los Angeles and Nashville.
The new track follows a number of huge life changes for the star, who left his beloved London for the Essex coast, also getting married after the release of 2019’s No Man’s Land. “The biggest thing for me about the lockdown experience was about identity,” Turner says. “I am the guy who tours, this is who I've been since I was sixteen. This is the longest period of time I've slept in the same bed continuously since I was seven.”