Sat 1 December 2018
Doors open: 19:00
£27.50 adv + cmsn
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
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Have guitar, will travel. That’s been Glenn Tilbrook’s unwavering mantra in a musical career stretching back to the 1970s, and which shows no signs of dimming as he sets out on the road again for a string of solo shows throughout March and Autumn 2018.
Fresh from releasing The Knowledge with Squeeze to critical acclaim back in November, it’s the mixture of electric and acoustic solo gigs that are the focus of his attention, relishing the opportunity to get up close and personal with his legion of fans. Performing has always been his first love, and doing so away from the dynamic of his famous, much cherished – nay, adored – group keeps him fresh and engaged.
“For me, I think I would get bored if I was just doing Squeeze all the time,” he says. “Going out on my own is a chance to look around and experiment more, and then bring some of that experimentation back to the band. I’d like to think I’ve always done that; my last solo album (2014’s Happy Ending) infused so much of what Squeeze did subsequently. One of the dangers of being in a band is becoming too comfortable with what you are and sticking to it. I absolutely love and respect where Squeeze have been, but we can’t stay there. It just wouldn’t work. That’s why it was important for us to incorporate as many new songs into the Squeeze live set as we could. People who like Squeeze love that about us and on our last tour songs like ‘A&E’ and ‘Rough Ride’ (from 2017’s The Knowledge) were carrying themselves. You can’t force it down their throats; they’ll let you know if you’re not winning.”
“For The Knowledge, we didn’t have the springboard of the TV series, so it was great to have the freedom to write about different subjects, things that Squeeze had never written about before. I’ve spent all of my creative time in the last four years being focused on the band & we have managed to reassert ourselves in the marketplace; Squeeze are in a really strong position now, stronger than we’ve ever been in terms of ticket sales.”
It’s that strength which gives Glenn the confidence to embark upon extra-curricular projects away from the band, hence the upcoming solo tour.
“It’s been a while since I’ve done solo gigs, and it will be great to have a lot of material to choose from, and to get a reaction. If the audience are with me for the ride it can be a lot of fun. They’ll hear some new stuff, some things they’ve loved from times gone by, a bit of everything. As long as I can mix it up and keep things fresh for myself it should be fresh for everyone else too.”
Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.
You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.
The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 19:00 for this show.
We’re also taking limited early dinner reservations at 18:30 for this event. Be quick it can fill up fast!
How to book early dinner reservations:
You can book for dinner when buying your ticket through our site.
If the option doesn’t appear then it means dinner is fully booked.
If you have already purchased your ticket for this show you can check availability and book for all dates here.
If there are no tables available it will say ‘We are sorry but this event has sold out.’
Information for people with a reservation:
You’ll get an email with full details shortly before the event, however, you just need to come to the black gate to the left of the main entrance, marked Early Dinner Reservations at 18:30 and show your reservation and gig ticket.
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