Published: 19 November, 2012
Pop Up Shop 2012 UK Winter Tour
With Special Guest Paul Heaton
Following their incredibly popular 2010 ‘Spot The Difference Tour’ British legends Squeeze return with an extensive tour of the UK this November and December.
Former Housemartin and Beautiful South front man Paul Heaton will be joining Squeeze as the special guest on all dates. Heaton and his band will be performing a selection of old and new songs from his extensive back catalogue.
Nearly 40 years since Squeeze burst onto the music scene, the band are still as vital as they’ve ever been. As befits one of the UK’s much-loved acts, there is no end of Squeeze fans currently wearing their influences firmly on their sleeve, whether it be Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Lily Allen or The Feeling. With their fingerprints keenly felt throughout the fabric of popular music, it is only right that these songs, with their evergreen and popular sound, continue to be played and enjoyed live. And so since 2007, the newly reformed Squeeze have been slowly finding time to play a series of gigs and festival dates, and this coming winter they are about to embark on a 20+ show tour across the UK.
Since founders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook reformed the band with Squeeze veteran John Bentley and Tilbrook’s Fluffers cohorts Stephen Large and Simon Hanson the band has become an instant favourite on the festival circuit with appearances at V, Oxegen, T in the Park and Latitude and to great acclaim at the seminal US Festival Coachella.
Squeeze’s contribution to music was noted in 2010 with the site of their first gig being awarded a prestigious PRS For Music Heritage Plaque, which has also commemorated the debuts of Blur and Dire Straits. It joined an ever-increasing list of Squeeze accolades alongside their recent Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and their Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award, as well as the Mojo Magazine Icon Award. Chris Difford’s lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook’s music have survived everything over the years, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles and even an acrimonious breakup - but Squeeze are here to stay, still going strong and still loving every moment.
This new tour will remind fans just why they have left such an indelible impression on the UK’s music scene and why they continue to be relevant today.