Two-time Ivor Novello nominees The Leisure Society‘s performance at Shrewsbury Abbey will be the last date of this new UK tour that follows the release of the single Brave Are The Waves recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno.

The band will appear with founding members Nick HemmingChristian Hardy and violinist Mike Siddell playing through a highly-regarded songbook that spans five albums (from 2009’s The Sleeper to 2019’s Arrivals & Departuresplus a new selection written during and after lockdown. Hemming promises an “open-ended and intimate” night with fans, following the “incredibly uplifting” string of dates the band performed in November last year. Into the Arms of Hope is a line from one of the band’s earlier songs, Although We All Are Losttaken from their sophomore album, 2011’s Into The Murky Water. 

“I’ve been playing it again recently and it seems to have taken on a new significance,” Hemming explains. “Christian just asked me to write out the opening lyrics so he could have them tattooed across his back, so it’s clearly been on his mind too!”

To celebrate the tour, the band enlisted long-time collaborator (and former bandmate) Shane Meadows to direct a live performance of Although We All Are Lost filmed in their native Midlands countryside. Hemming promises that fans of the band can expect to hear this song, plus “whatever they ask for, so long as the three of us can work out an arrangement.”  

Support by Tom Bright. 2023 has seen Tom appear on BBC’s ‘The One Show’, interviewed on BBC Radio 2, BBC 5 Live, Live in Session on Radio X, perform at the London Palladium, Glastonbury Festival and Celtic Connections.

Tom recently released his third album, ‘Somewhere Anywhere’ and celebrated with an in-store show at Rough Trade West, followed by a Radio X live session with John Kennedy. Tom is already gaining a number of high profile admirers, including Guy Garvey and Carl Barat.