Frank Turner to play North-East university gig

Folk-punk singer Frank Turner has announced a gig at Newcastle University on November 14 to promote his new album Positive Songs for Negative People.

Folk-punk singer Frank Turner has announced a gig at Newcastle University on November 14 to promote his new album Positive Songs for Negative People.

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Folk-punk singer Frank Turner has revealed details of a new album and tour - including a back-to-his-roots gig at a North-East university.

Turner has risen from playing tiny venues to taking part in the pre-show for the London 2012 Olympics in the space of less than 10 years.

Born in Winchester and educated at Eton alongside Prince William, the 33-year-old now lives in Holloway, North London.

He released his debut album, Sleep is For The Week, in 2007 and his career has been on an upward curve ever since.

He is now one of the country’s most cherished songwriters, but has never lost sight of his original MO: write, record, tour, repeat.

His next album, Positive Songs for Negative People, is due out on August 7 through Xtra Mile Recordings and Polydor Records.

It was made with his trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls and produced by Butch Walker in Nashville.

Turner turned his thoughts back to his debut when making Positive Songs, which is his sixth studio album.

“When a band makes a debut record, there’s a freshness and excitement to it that bands often lose as time goes by.

“I wanted to try and make a record with that young, exciting feel.”

After writing and perfecting the songs at a rehearsal studio in Oxfordshire, Turner and his band headed to the US for an intense nine-day recording session in which the album was completed.

“Pretty much all of it is live. The end result is everything I wanted it to be.

“I feel like this record is my definitive statement, a summation of the first five records,” says Turner.

The first taste of the new material is the single The Next Storm, which is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album on iTunes.

TThe album will be promoted by a UK headline tour in November which will take in 11 cities, including some smaller-than-usual venues, before ending at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The North-East leg of the tour is at Newcastle University on Saturday, November 14, a venue which he hasn’t played since 2009.

Unsurprisingly given the intimate size of the venue, it’s already sold out.