Billy Bragg is hitting our shores again next year, playing a massive 15-dates across the country on his One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Tour. After previously selling out multiple dates on recent visits, the English singer-songwriter has expanded his schedule to take on a special three night residency in major capital cities including performances at Freo.Social from Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2020.
The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums; his 1983 punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg from 1984 and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry from 1986. The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).
“After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show,” Bragg says. “And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience.”
Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. Politicised by a Tory government operating without love or justice, this previously adrift young man from Barking, whose failure at national exams had reduced his career opportunities to two, eventually bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 (“the best £175 I ever spent”), determined to make a living out of song.
Billy Bragg hits Freo.Social on Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2020. Tickets are available for single-night purchase or three night bundles. Presale tickets are on sale Thursday, August 1 from Moshtix.