Fri 13 December 2019
Doors open: 17:30
£25 adv + cmsn
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
Amanda Palmer announces further tour dates for 2019 covering the UK and Europe as well as a new single ‘Voicemail for Jill’, the latest track from her forthcoming solo album There Will Be No Intermission, out March 8th.
“Voicemail for Jill” is a searing and stark, classically-tinged piano song inspired by Palmer’s lifelong role as both pro-choice activist and confidant for women (and men) who have gone through the complicated, often-hidden experience of choosing to have an abortion. The song – penned after a tour landed her in Dublin during the landmark referendum to legalize abortion – had been gestating for ages in her pile of song-drafts and was a “white whale of songwriting” according to Palmer, who has herself had three abortions and has “struggled for years to find the right way to write about the subject without sentimentality, preachiness or apology.”
“I wrote this song as a gift, a handbook,” Palmer says, “for any woman on her way to have an abortion, and as a reminder that this is not an experience you have to face alone.”
‘Voicemail for Jill’ was recorded in Los Angeles with GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer John Congleton, showcases Palmer on piano and vocals and features additional synthesizer and programming by Max Henry of the Canadian indie band Suuns. It is available for listening now across digital streaming platforms.
Listen to ‘Voicemail For Jill’ here
Amanda’s extensive run of tour dates will start in Netherlands in September and travel through Europe before heading to the UK for sixteen dates, culminating with two nights at London’s intimate Union Chapel. Exclusive presale tickets for Amanda’s Patreon patrons are available from Tuesday 19th February, with general tickets on sale on Tuesday 26th February from nointermission.amandapalmer.net. See below for the full list of dates or view at Amanda’s website.
Amanda Palmer’s first solo album in more than six years, There Will Be No Intermission is now available for presale in multiple formats from nointermission.amandapalmer.net and will be released on March 8th. Alongside the album, Palmer is independently releasing an artbook of narrative photography to accompany the album’s release, which is also available for order on her website.
Palmer’s third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album’s overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life’s most ineffably shitty circumstances. An album comprised of a staggering 20 tracks, 10 of these are original songs complemented by 10 instrumental vignettes.
“Most of these songs were exercises in survival,” says Palmer. “This isn’t really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all.”
Recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by John Congleton (who previously engineered and produced 2012’s acclaimed Theatre Is Evil), There Will Be No Intermission was entirely crowd-funded, this time by over 14,000 patrons using Palmer’s community hub on Patreon.
In addition to the LP, Palmer has partnered with the collaborative art-team Kahn & Selesnick (along with LA-based photographer Allan Amato and Iceland-based Artist Stephanie Zakas) to create a companion volume with over 60 theatrical photographic portraits taken mostly in and around the upstate New York home Palmer shares with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman. The portfolio – also titled There Will Be No Intermission – is available on her website and will also be sold at her hugely anticipated world tour, set to circle theaters around the globe in 2019-2020. See full tour details at nointermission.amandapalmer.net.
Somber yet exultant, There Will Be No Intermission presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer’s already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power. This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously molded humor, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.
The touring show itself will feature Palmer on solo piano and ukulele, with no band accompaniment; a night of graphic, honest, and funny storytelling and songs that Palmer claims will be be her “most human and vulnerable stage-show to date.”
All times are subject to change on the night
17:30 – Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open
18:30 – Show starts (no support)
22:30 – Curfew
Just a quick explanatory message and apology from the horse’s mouth:
When I originally booked this show at Union Chapel, we thought that we might be able to squeeze the running time into three hours.
Now that the show is finally scripted and polished and finished, we know that the running time is closer to 3 and half hours. Given that, plus the fact that the seats in Union Chapel are HARD, WOODEN, PEWS (i have seen shows sitting in those pews, they are a bit hard, in all senses, on the bum), we thought it would be kinder on all humans and their bums to make the door time earlier so that we can take an intermission and stretch our bums. Wait. You know what I mean.
Please spread the word to any other people coming to the show, we will be taking this update to social media as well.
There will also be handkerchiefs for sale at the merchandise table. You may need one.
While I have you here, a reminder that the show contains very mature content. Bringing children under 15 years old is not advisable.
That being said, we’ve had kids in the audience as young as 11 enjoy the show, just use your best judgement.
One more note: we will be PROFESSIONALLY FILMING/STREAMING THE SHOW live to the patreon (and probably releasing to public later) on Dec 13th and 14th! SMILE AND CLAP LOUDLY.
This is show is indeed LONG. Self-care first. Take a break if you need. Make a judgemental space for others to do the same. There are snacks available at the venue for intermission if you are a low blood-sugar type. And, YOU HAVE OUR PERMISSION TO BRING A PILLOW OR A CUSHION FOR YOUR BUM. THOSE PEWS ARE HARDCORE.
I cannot wait to see you all.
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 18:45 for this show.
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 17:00 and show your reservation and gig ticket.
– Organic beef stew with leek mash
– Spinach, sweet potato and lentil dhal with Mango chutney
– Beetroot, thyme and goat’s cheese quiche
– Roasted peppers and cheddar quiche
– With salads