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Billy Bragg Announces Auckland-Exclusive Shows This November

13 September 2018 - 0 Comments

Handsome Tours is proud to announce the return of Billy Bragg to New Zealand for a trilogy of Auckland-only solo shows at the intimate Hollywood Avondale this November.

Entitled One Step Forward. Two Steps Back., these three unique performances will trace Bragg’s career from its humble beginnings to the present day.

The first performance on Wednesday 21st November will comprise of Billy Bragg’s current set, including 35 years of his most beloved works.

The second performance on Thursday 22nd November will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly utilitarian follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and “the difficult third album” Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986).

The third performance on Friday 23rd November will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), pop classic Don't Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996)

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 the eleven-plus had reduced his career opportunities to two, bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 (‘the best £175 I ever spent’), determined to make a living out of song.

Governments rise and fall, fashions come and go, pop stars are built up and knocked down by a fickle media, and Billy Bragg adapts to survive: the one-time Luddite and failed handyman has embraced New Media and engages with fans directly via Facebook and Twitter, uploading songs when a headline strikes. His enemies remain essentially the same: craven politicians, inhumane corporations, plus assorted racists, fascists, bullies, reactionaries and people with floppy fringes.

Don’t miss the orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’, Billy Bragg, across three extraordinary evenings in Auckland.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 14th September at handsometours.com.

BILLY BRAGG

‘One Step Forward. Two Steps Back.’
November 2018
Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Wednesday 21st Nov
- Current Billy Bragg Set

Thursday 22nd Nov – Songs From First Three Albums

Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983) | Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984)
Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986)

Friday 23rd Nov – Songs From Second Three Albums
Workers Playtime (1988) | Don't Try This at Home (1991) | William Bloke (1996)

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday 14th September at handsometours.com. Join the Facebook event.



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