Billy has announced 15 tour dates for the UK and Ireland, beginning in February 2006, to coincide with the re-issue of his album back catalogue on Cooking Vinyl Records in the UK and Yep Roc Records in the USA.
The Hope Not Hate Tour is supported by a the Amicus, GMB, RMT, T&G, and Unison trades unions, and by the political campaign groups The Left Field, Love Music Hate Racism, Searchlight, and Unite Against Fascism.
There will be US tour dates early next year too, which we will announce when they are confirmed.
UK TOUR DATES
DATES 2 February 2006 - London, England, Barbican Hall (among several artists appearing)
23 April - Wolverhampton, England, Wulfrun Hall
24 April - Sheffield, England, Sheffield City Hall
25 April - Bradford, England, Bradford University
26 April - Liverpool, England, Liverpool Carling Academy
28 April - Manchester, England, Bridgewater Hall
29 April - Gateshead, England, Gateshead Sage
30 April - Cardiff, Wales, St Davids Hall
1 May - Barking, England, Barking Broadway
4 May - Leicester, England, De Montfort Hall
5 May - Douglas, Isle of Man, Douglas Villa Marina
7 May - Edinburgh, Scotland, Usher Hall
31 May - Exeter, England, Exeter University Lemon Grove
Billy Bragg has announced some North American tour dates for March. There will also be some West Coast gigs later on in the year.
NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES 2006
11 March 2006 - Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada 17 March - South By South West gig, with The Klezmatics (To Be Confirmed) 18 March - SXSW Anti Gig (TBC) 19 March - Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Cafe 21 March - Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 23 March - Boston, MA, Somerville Theatre 24 March - New York, NY, New York Society for Ethical Culture 25 March - Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 26 March - Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
Just the one Scottish date (Edinburgh) by the looks of things. I'm off to Gateshead which isn't to far away by car. But I'm having to travel all the way to Liverpool in November to see Ray Davies as he isn't doing any dates in the North East on his tour.