15th Oct – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
18th Oct – Birmingham – O2 Academy 3
19th Oct – Glasgow – Oran Mor
20th Oct – Newcastle – Riverside
21st Oct – Stockton-On-Tees – The Georgian Theatre
22nd Oct – Holmfirth – Picturedrome
24th Oct – Hull – FRÜIT
25th Oct – Nottingham – Glee Club
26th Oct – Cardiff – The Globe
27th Oct – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Tickets already on sale
1st Nov – Witney – Fat Lil’s
2nd Nov – Poole – Mr Kyps
3rd Nov – Southend – Chinnerys
The new single from Danny & The Champions Of The World, out 28 April 2017. Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Brilliant Light’, out 23 June 2017.
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands.
Hidden away somewhere on this wide-ranging new Danny & The Champions Of The World album you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny Wilson the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and serendipity, has been about maximising the creative potential of all the Champs. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were each recorded over intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?”, and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too. So “Brilliant Light” came slowly but steadily to life, a double album of 18 songs, with a bonus album of instrumentals entitled “Photogene
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September 2017 UK dates
12 – LEEDS Brudenell
13 – NOTTINGHAM Maze
14 – SHEFFIELD Plug
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
Pre-order the new album from Stone Foundation on ltd edition formats, and receive the single featuring Paul Weller via PledgeMusic.
Street Rituals is released 31st March via 100% Records and was produced by Paul Weller, with guest appearances from soul legends William Bell and Bettye LaVette.