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Billy Bragg With support by Alice Phoebe Lou

  • Billy Bragg released his 10th studio album, The Million Things That Never Happened, back in October. “Among the million things that never happened were my planned US dates for the past three years, so I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with my audience and trying to make some sense of where we are after all this time.” It was thirty-seven years ago when the Saturday boy from Essex became the UK’s foremost political singer-songwriter. For anyone who doesn’t know Billy Brag–his music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. He released his first record, Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, bashed out on a punk rock electric guitar. Politicised by a Tory government, Billy bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 (‘the best £175 I ever spent’), and blazed his own modest trail. The intervening three-and-a-half decades have been marked by numerous milestones and way stations, political and personal, topping the singles chart, having a street named after him, being mentioned in Dylan’s memoir, being invited to deliver a seminar on accountability at the Bank of England and meeting the Queen. ‘Ruggedly handsome’ (according to one Facebook fan), there ain’t no stopping him now. For every protest song (‘There Is Power in A Union’), there’s a declaration of love (‘I Will Be Your Shield). Orator, published author, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’ is many things. Lockdown couldn’t keep him down. Instead, he looked inwardly as well as outwardly, and joined the two together, stronger. A new set, The Million Things That Never Happened emerged, blinking back into the light. ABOUT ALICE PHEOBE LOU Acclaimed singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou will be opening for Billy Bragg at The United. Alice Phoebe Lou is a Berlin-based South African singer-songwriter. She has released three EPs and four studio albums. Hailed by Consequence for “her intriguing melding of genres like folk, jazz, and electronic and dance music”, Lou celebrates “Child’s Play” with a truly epic international live schedule. Additional North American dates begin February 16, 2022 at Chicago’s Evanston Space and continue through early March. For updates and additional information, please visit “Child’s Play” reunites Lou with producer David Parry, who previously traveled to her adopted hometown of Berlin to record this year’s acclaimed “Glow”. Lou’s dream to record at Parry’s Vancouver Island studio lived on and in time, she – along with best friends and longtime musical partners Ziv Yamin (drums, keyboards) and Dekel Adin (bass) – were able to secure permission from Global Affairs Canada and flew to Victoria. A two-week quarantine on beautiful Nanoose Bay allowed ample time to tie up loose ends before spending 10 days at Parry’s Dobro Genius studio. Working with the producer’s collection of analog gear and vintage instruments, Lou and her musical compatriots nurtured her recently composed songs into something altogether fresh, a natural evolution of sounds and vision from her previous work. “The process was simple and intuitive”, Lou says, “using an 8-track tape machine and allowing the very new songs to grow into themselves. We worked tirelessly on a limited schedule to bring these personal songs to life, so used to each other by now from recording “Glow” together that even though the workload was immense, it felt easy and enjoyable, the four of us very much on the same page.” All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable at the time of purchase. ***THIS IS A SEATED EVENT*** ***Please note that all “ BALCONY “ seats are General Admission, non-assigned fixed seating – wristbands will grant access to those who