Five Favourite Fab Gigs: Frank Turner

Frank TurnerAMBY loves Frank Turner’s music, and the same goes for his live performances. When I saw him in Toronto doing a solo-acoustic set, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. So when he took the time to speak to us about his favourite concerts, we were thrilled! With playing tons of shows, we weren’t surprised when he wrote this little note to us: “Picking just five shows from all the ones I’ve played is a tough one, and it’s impossible for me to put these in any order (and I reserve the right to change this list at a later date)”. With that in mind, do take a look at what Frank Turner’s five favourite fab gigs are!


8th August 2006 @ The Barfly, Camden.

This was the first show I ever sold out, and it was also a return to the UK after a long run in Russia and Eastern Europe. I was exhausted, broke and kind of demoralised, so when I showed up and was told that there were no tickets left, I felt lifted. It was also the show where we recorded “The Ballad Of Me & My Friends”.

11th October 2008 @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ, USA.

This was my first ever show on a Revival tour. I’d just finished a long and pretty gruelling run with Fake Problems, then hopped on a plane to the east coast to join Chuck Ragan, Tim barry and Ben Nichols. I was playing on a lineup with a fair few heros for me, in a legendary venue, and the crowd went wild. This was the show where things started to happen for me in the USA.

19th December 2008 @ The Proud Galleries, Camden.

This show was planned as a Christmas benefit show for Shelter. In the run up to it I was on the road around the UK with the Levellers. Towards the end, one night, the terrible news came through that Nambucca, the bar that was my spiritual (and sometimes actual) home had burned down. A whole crew of my friends were made homeless and an era had passed. We turned the gig into a benefit for the Nambucca crew and a tribute to the place, and the atmosphere was simply electric.

13th April 2012 @ Wembley Arena, London.

It’s a boring choice but it’s true, this show was everything I hoped it would be and more.

30th September 2012 @ Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA.

This was the second night of two in Webster Hall, a classic old theater that holds 1400 people. We sold out both nights; to do that, so far from home, in the big apple, was a masssive deal for me. It helped that the Sleeping Souls and I were fucking on fire those two nights, we played the gigs of our lives.


For an interview with Frank Turner, click here.
And for an interview with The Sleeping Souls, click here.

Alicia Atout

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