Indie troubadours Starsailor release tour dates

By Chris Page
Monday, 29th November 2021, 4:16 pm
Updated Monday, 29th November 2021, 4:19 pm
Starsailor are heading out on tour (photo: Shutterstock)
Starsailor are heading out on tour (photo: Shutterstock)

Hitting the road

Starsailor are Chorley Indie troubadours, fronted by James Walsh.

The band continues to craft intensely beautiful songs full of raw emotion and atmosphere reminiscent of Richard Ashcroft and Neil Young.

Starsailor are hitting the road (photo: Shutterstock)

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    Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 when their single Fever earned them the title of "Britain's best new band".

    According to their official website the band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums).

    Later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound.

    In April 2000, after seeing their first London show (at the Heavenly Social) the NME wrote: "One live encounter was enough to convince many sceptics that here was a band who were genuinely special, blessed with a singer whose voice thrummed like an emotional telegraph wire, that swerved the pitfalls of indie melancholia and were clearly in love with rock 'n' roll and all its possibilities."

    After a five-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2014, enjoying triumphant festival performances at the Isle of Wight Festival (UK), Pentaport (Korea), Rock Zottegem (Belgium) to name a few.

    2015 saw them tour the UK, Europe, China, Korea, and a co-headline tour of the US and Canada with Embrace.

    Their return was swiftly followed by the release of their biggest hits through ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ in 2015 which included two brand new tracks ‘Give Up the Ghost’ and ‘Hold On’.

    During a brief respite from the national lockdown in 2021 last year, the band camped out in a studio near bath & reimagined some classic tracks from 'Love Is Here'.

    The new Anniversary Edition of the album is available on pre-order now and on sale from December 10, 2021 and supported by a UK Tour.

    The 20th anniversary Love Is Here tour starts on December 2.

    The full list of tour dates are:

    DEC02

    THU

    Starsailor

    Cardiff, Tramshed

    DEC03

    FRI

    Starsailor

    Portsmouth Guildhall

    DEC05

    SUN

    Starsailor

    Bristol, Motion & The Marble Factory

    DEC06

    MON

    Starsailor

    Sheffield, The Leadmill

    DEC07

    TUE

    Starsailor

    Glasgow, SWG3

    DEC09

    THU

    Starsailor

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Riverside Newcastle

    DEC10

    FRI

    Starsailor

    O2 Academy Birmingham

    DEC11

    SAT

    Starsailor

    Leeds University Union

    DEC13

    MON

    Starsailor

    Manchester, Albert Hall

    DEC14

    TUE

    Starsailor

    London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

    May 2022

    MAY 28

    MAY 29

    2022

    Warrington, Victoria Park.

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