Frank Turner

The evening of Friday the 13th of April, 2012, saw English folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner play to a 12,000 strong sell-out crowd at London's Wembley Arena.

With Essex-born folk-punk legend Billy Bragg on main support, Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls, have garnered excellent reviews from across the British press in the subsequent days, with notable write-ups in The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian.

The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan summed up her review as follows:

Though the rise of the anti-capitalist movement has undoubtedly sent many new followers Turner's way – his current album, England Keep My Bones, nearly went Top 10 – his set finds a surprising amount of room for the personal as well as the political. For every rasped-out call to arms such as Love, Ire & Song ("Let's be heroes, let's be martyrs, let's be radical thinkers," it commands hopefully), there's a nostalgic Wessex Boy, whose Mumfordian jauntiness is heightened by female backing singers. Yet the show is laced with reminders that Turner – a sweary bundle of energy in waistcoat and jeans – is as committed as ever. A duet with Bragg on The Times They Are A-Changin' feels like the anointing of a new generation of protest-rockers. It will be interesting to see if Turner can make a difference.

Turner has also announced an eighteen date UK tour.

11th NovNottinghamRock City
12th NovLeedsO2 Academy
13th NovLiverpoolO2 Academy
14th NovSwanseaBrangwyn Hall
15th NovReadingHexagon
17th NovNewcastleO2 Academy
18th NovEdinburghHMV Picturehouse
19th NovSheffieldO2 Academy
20th NovNorwichOpen
22nd NovMargateWinter Gardens
23rd NovWolverhamptonCivic Hall
24th NovLeamington SpaAssembly
25th NovLincolnEngine Shed
26th NovOxfordO2 Academy
28th NovBrightonCorn Exchange
29th NovSouthamptonGuildhall
30th NovTruroTruro Hall
1st DecBathPavilion