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News: Turin Brakes Announce ‘The Optimist’ LP 20th Anniversary Tour Of UK

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photo: Rachel Knights

Turin Brakes have announced they will bring their classic Mercury Prize shortlisted album – The Optimist LP – back to the live stage with a nationwide UK tour in October 2021 to celebrate two decades of their definitive debut.

The South London band – founder members (and former primary school friends) Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, along with long-time bandmates Rob Allum and Eddie Myer originally released The Optimist LP in March 2001 (achieving gold status in the UK), followed up by 2003’s Ether Song which featured the top 5 hit single Pain Killer (Summer Rain). The band has since moved on to rack up seven top 40 singles, six top 40 albums and over a million sales worldwide. The band said:

‘It’s very exciting! We can’t wait to get out and perform this big milestone set comprising of the Optimist and other TB faves for everyone. The Optimist means so much to us and the people it touched in the early part of this century. So, let’s climb into our TB time machine where we’ve set the controls for 2001. Where did the time go…?’

Tickets for Turin Brakes The Optimist LP 20th Anniversary tour go on sale 10am Friday 06 November via /

October 2021

Thu 07 Southampton The 1865

Fri 08 Cambridge Junction

Sat 09 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sun 10 Brighton CHALK

Thu 14 Bristol O2 Academy

Fri 15 Manchester Cathedral

Sat 16 Newcastle Boiler Shop

Sun 17 Glasgow Barrowlands

Thu 21 Birmingham O2 Institute

Fri 22 Leeds University Stylus

Sat 23 Liverpool O2 Academy

Sun 24 Cardiff Tramshed