Monday, 29 June 2009

Update from the road

This is overdue! Sorry, can't always do this when we'd like but here we are!

The past couple of weeks has been a bit of a blur. We played the Marlborough Festival on the day we last blogged, that was a tough day. 7 hours to get there from Manchester to London, due to several delays on the motorway which has become a consistent thing in our recent travels during the 2nd half of this tour. The Marlborough wasn't the best-attended of our recent gigs but the people were good to us & we're glad we made the trip. Following that we were at the Roadhouse, Birmingham & what a night that proved to be. A crowd of around 160 I think it was & we got a fantastic reception & what a cool venue that is, following a recent re-fit. Would have been nice to see it beforehand to appreciate the changes but nevertheless is a great place to play & we'd love to get back there. Very cool green room area to kick back before the show.

Then during the middle of last week we suffered a nightmare journey to Southend with yet more traffic delays including 2 accidents we saw the aftermath of, plus one we actually saw. 6 hours later we arrived at the Riga Bar which was more than worth the journey. We got an amazing welcome from the people there & there was a real buzz around the place. The Southend Echo had written a really nice piece about Blaze Bayley & us in their issue the week before & maybe that fired everyone up for a great night? Whatever it was it worked. Oxford's Bullingdon Arms the next night was less well-attended but we seemed to do well there still. After that it was another sorry journey home as the clutch went dodgy on the Fury UK-mobile - we managed to limp home but it's in the garage for some TLC i.e. a new clutch.... ouch! sounds expensive but hoping management/label will once again get their hands in their pockets ;)

We should do some more writing about the current album reviews soon because the feedback is really positive so far. Some reviews are up already at http://www.furyuk.com/ but there's more to come we hear so will let you all know as & when.

Next up it's down to more new territory at Bideford, Devon, to the Palladium Club on Friday, 3rd July with Blaze Bayley, then we headline the Oswestry Rock & Ride festival on Saturday, taking the stage at 4.30pm in Festival Square. We've always been looked after well in Oswestry so definitely up for that one.

After that it's Friday 10th July, down to the South West again to Plymouth, White Rabbit, new one again for us. Then we hit the road straight after that show to make our way back to Manchester to get ready for the SOS Festival, co-presented by Rocksector Records & Rock Radio Manchester 106.1FM. Awesome line-up as most of you know -

Blaze Bayley, Fury UK, Nightvision (excellent reviews recently & double-page features in Metal Hammer & Powerplay magazines), Decadenze (starring role at recent Darwen Festival & also supported Blaze on the Scottish leg of his UK tour), Babylon Fire, Incassum, Serotonal (featurng ex-Anathema vocalist Darren White), Crosswire (featuring New Model Army guitarist Marshall Gill), Exit State, Defiant, Falling Red.

Get advance tickets for SOS Festival for just £5 by visiting Ticketline here :- http://www.ticketline.co.uk/artist/s-o-s-festival-2009 or by telephone to 08714244444 . The door charge on the day is £7.

When that awesome weekend is over, marking the end of the UK tour with Blaze Bayley (boo-hoo!), we take just a few days break then begin our "VR Tour" to promote the release of the new album on 13th July. This tour includes several dates with our Swedish labelmates Core of Nation who are touring the UK again. There's one or two more dates to be confirmed on the VR Tour but so far it looks like this :-

July
15th : MFN Club, Shipley Gate (Nottinghamshire)(support from NG26 Nightvision)
16th : King Edward VII, Blackpool
24th : Whittles, Oldham (support from NG26)
25th : Old Isaacs, Atherton (support from NG26)
30th : Bootleggers, Kendal
August
1st : Bridge Rats MCC "Rat Pack Rally", Halifax (Decadenze also playing)
2nd : Sawyers, Kettering (support from Core Of Nation)
4th : Axe & Cleaver, Boston (support from Core Of Nation)
5th : Purple Turtle, Camden, London (supporting Praying Mantis, Core of Nation also playing)
6th : Grand Central, Manchester (support from Core Of Nation)
7th : Trillian Rock Bar, Newcastle (support from Core Of Nation)
8th : The Bulldog Bash, Stratford-upon-Avon (headliners UFO & Motorhead)

Phew! Got a bit carried away there, plenty to think about. Thanks a lot as always.

CYA on the road!

Hail!

Fury UK

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