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Frank Turner Announces New Album Release and UK Tour Dates

After long and heavy anticipation from fans, punk-folk singer songwriter Frank Turner has announced the release date for his 6th studio album, as well as a string of UK tour dates.

Since announcing the album’s title – ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ – and cover art just over a month ago, fans have been eagerly awaiting more news of the Wessex boy’s latest release (especially after Frank told followers on Twitter and Instagram on Friday to “watch this space”); a date has finally been set for August 7th, just over two years after releasing his highly-acclaimed 2013 album ‘Tape Deck Heart’.

At around five o’clock on Monday Frank tweeted: “It’s with great joy that I can now finally give you what everyone has been waiting for”.

Alongside the album’s release date comes news of eleven UK tour dates throughout November – after six weeks of dates in the U.S. – including gigs in Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and London’s Alexandra Palace.

This first single from his new album, ‘The Next Storm’, was premiered on Radio 1 earlier this week. The album will also feature an appearance from singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson on a song about Christa McAuliffe, a primary school teacher who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986. Whilst The Angel Islington will pick up where ‘Broken Piano’, the closing track of ‘Tape Deck Heart’, left off.

Frank will be breaking records at Reading and Leeds at the end of August by playing the festivals for the ninth consecutive year, playing a solo set (without his band The Sleeping Souls) that will no doubt feature tracks from the new album. From the sounds of The New Storm and Get Better – which was released on YouTube back in March – ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ is set to be a hit amongst old and new fans alike.

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Words by Amie Bailey

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