Rock band the Levellers ready to put on a show to remember
Folk-rock combo the Levellers are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special acoustic show, writes Andy Bloss.
Following on from last year’s release of their tenth studio album, Static on the Airwaves, the band also released a five track anti war EP in May this year called Recruiting Sergeant.
The band have continued to draw in the plaudits after a quarter of a century in the music industry and their love for performing live has not diminished.
They have performed to great acclaim at Glastonbury and, for an interesting bit of pub trivia, in the 1990s they sold more platinum, gold and silver albums than any other act.
The Levellers are playing a two set show at Fairfield Halls.
Their first set will be a stripped back, acoustic performance but in the second set they will light the show up with a full on rock and roll performance.
Speaking to Vibe this week, Jeremy Cunningham, bassist for the group, says the band is ready to get back on the stage after a break following a summer full of festival performances.
He says: "We have been on tour for about a year and a half really so we have all been on holiday for a few weeks but we are starting to regroup now.
"I have been up in Scotland which is great if you like the wilderness.
"The show is pretty stripped back. Although it does get pretty fast and furious towards the end but usually we do it in two halves.
"It is interesting for us as it harder to play the acoustic stuff and more demanding. It is quite slow the first so people just sit and listen.
"But in the second half we start ramping it up which I am sure will have people on their feet. We don’t really do this type of show very often so we are looking forward to it."
He adds: "I enjoy doing both styles. The full on rock and roll show is what we have grown up doing and nothing beats the energy of that."
"Our appetite for live gigs is exactly the same as it has always been. We still love it. The new album has gone done well with fans since we have been touring it live.
"If you want to hear stuff live which we might not have played before than you will definitely want to come along. Fairfield has got an old school vibe and I really like it as we can get close to the audience."
The Levellers Acoustic, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, October 17, 8pm, £19.50, go to Fairfield.co.uk or call 02086889291.
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