Billy Bragg – new single ‘King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood’ released today

Billy Bragg – new single ‘King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood’ released today




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Billy Bragg, who has just returned from touring the US, will release a new song ‘King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood’ on Aug. 4th 2017 on the Cooking Vinyl label.  ‘King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood’, a gorgeous alt-country shuffle recorded in Tottenham with pedal steel by C J Hillman, is a wake-up call to those who would deny that global warming is a real and imminent threat.  It follows hot on the heels of Billy’s previous single ‘The Sleep Of Reason’, which was released in July and has gone down a storm on his recent live shows.

Says Billy: “Sunny day flooding is a coastal phenomenon in which strong tides cause water to gush up from drains and beneath the ground, swamping basements and inundating roads. Rises in sea level due to meling ice-caps are making it an increasingly common occurrence in Florida, where some residential areas are experiencing it on an almost monthly basis. These communities are canaries in the mine, already living with the stark realities of climate change that some still deny is happening. On a planet the surface of which is 70% water, in which the temperature of oceans drives our weather systems, we will all be affected by global warming unless we act now to limit the damage done.”

Billy Bragg, who is about to play some shows in Europe before returning to tour the US in October, will tour solo and electric in the UK and Europe in November, under the title ‘Bridges Not Walls’.

The full list of shows is:
3          REYKJAVIK                 Iceland Airwaves
5          BEXHILL                     De La Warr Pavilion
6          LONDON                     Islington Assembly Hall
8          CAMBRIDGE              Junction
10        OXFORD                     O2 Academy
11        BIRMINGHAM             Town Hall
12        SHEFFIELD                The Leadmill
14        LIVERPOOL                Philharmonic Hall
15        EDINBURGH              The Queen’s Hall
16        NEWCASTLE              Wylam Brewery
18        NOTTINGHAM    Rock City
19        CARDIFF                     Tramshed
21        SOUTHAMPTON         The Brook
22        LONDON                     Clapham Grand
25        ANTWERP                   De Roma
27        COLOGNE                   Gloria Theatre
28        BERLIN                        Heimathafen
29        FRANKFURT                Batschkapp
30        HAMBURG                   Fabrik

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. Among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This At Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, and his stripped-down tenth, Tooth & Nail, his most successful since the early 90s. The intervening three decades have been marked by a number one hit single, having a street named after him, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing onstage at Wembley Stadium, curating Left Field at Glastonbury, sharing spotted dick with a Cabinet minister in the House of Commons cafeteria, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian).

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Billy Bragg – new single ‘King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood’ released today