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SQUEEZE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN UK TOUR WILL BENEFIT THE TRUSSELL TRUST FOOD BANK NETWORK

SQUEEZE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN UK TOUR WILL BENEFIT THE TRUSSELL TRUST FOOD BANK NETWORK

Squeeze announce autumn UK tour will benefit the Trussell Trust food bank network

October and November 2019

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“Difford and Tilbrook deliver a rousing reminder of their talent for tuneful and touching glimpses of everyday life. ****” – The Guardian

Squeeze announce that ‘The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook Tour’ will aim to raise food, funds and awareness for the Trussell Trust network of food banks. The 27-date tour will see the South London legends play their extensive list of hits as a band as well as rare gems from their back catalogue and solo careers.

Speaking about the tour Glenn Tilbrook says “‘I am over the moon to be touring with Squeeze and raising donations for the Trussell Trust. We’ve had something of a renaissance in the last few years, and look forward to this continuing.” Commenting on his solo shows, as well as a run of dates with Wilko Johnson, which raised food and funds for the Trussell Trust, Glenn continues “I’ve been so humbled and moved by the generosity and compassion of the people coming to the gigs and donating. It’s disgraceful that in 2019 people can’t afford to put even the most basic food on the table. So far, more than 1.5 tonnes of food has been raised for those that need it, and I can’t wait to see how much we can achieve when Squeeze tour later in the year.”

 With 2 critically acclaimed albums in the past four years, and a live show that has seen them headline numerous UK festivals as well their own sold out tours across the UK, USA and Australia, “something of a renaissance” seems like an understatement. Ever hardworking, the band will be bringing their scintillating live performances to the UK again in 2019, playing not just the hits, but also rarities that span their 45-year career both as Squeeze and solo artists.

 “Anyone who experiences them will know this band remains essential for all the same reasons they always were.” **** The Scotsman

Lauded as a song writing duo, Difford and Tilbrook have been compared to Lennon and McCartney since ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ – their first release in 1978 which blasted Squeeze into the forefront of the UK music scene. Following up with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Goodbye Girl’, “Pulling Mussels From The Shell”, “Tempted”, and so many more, Squeeze established themselves as not just a passing footnote in New Wave history, but as an important and vital part of quintessential British music. These hits also established Difford and Tilbrook as some of the most prolific writers of their time, amassing a wealth of melody-rich earworms over the past four decades, both as Squeeze and also in their solo work.

Chris Difford adds “I feel excited about the tour. It’s a great band full of dedicated, hardworking, passionate people and we have a fabulous catalogue of songs to dip in and out of, so I feel completely blessed. Like Glenn I can’t wait to see what can be achieved at our shows in the UK this autumn. Glenn very much inspired this idea [to support the food banks] and it beggars belief that people in this day and age have to feed themselves from a food bank. I can’t wait to strap on the electric guitar again and sing the songs that got me where I am today.”

At all venues there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where audiences can donate non-perishable food or money. Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust food bank. Food banks provide a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community.  A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible audience members are asked to check with local food banks to see what supplies are currently needed.

“Squeeze raise the roof!” –The Sun

“Now is the time to use ‘national’ and ‘treasure’ and now is the time to see Squeeze live” ***** Buzz Magazine

“Squeeze are deserved national treasures and remain the provider of one of the finest evening’s musical entertainment you can find” –Northern Echo

Tour Dates:

October 2019

THU 17 - Scunthorpe Bath Halls

FRI 18 - Sheffield City Hall

SAT 19 - Gateshead Sage

Mon 21 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tue 22  - Leicester De Montfort Hall

Wed 23 - Birmingham Symphony Hall

Fri 25 - Oxford New Theatre

Sat 26 - Brighton Centre

Sun 27  - Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Tue 29 - London Royal Albert Hall

Wed 30 - Bath Forum

November 2019

Fri 01 - Hull City Hall

Sat 02 - Liverpool Philharmonic

Sun 03 - Salford The Lowry

Tue 05 - Northampton Derngate

Wed 06 - Guildford G Live

Fri 08 – London Indigo at the O2

Sat 09 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Mon 11 - Bournemouth Pavilion

Tue 12 - Cambridge Corn Exchange

Wed 13 - Cardiff St David’s Hall

Fri 15 - Llandudno Venue Cymru

Sat 16 - Harrogate Convention Centre

Sun 17 - Reading Hexagon

Tue 19 - Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Wed 20 - Ipswich Regent