Gaz Coombes to play Concorde 2 in Brighton

Posted On 02 Dec 2022 at 11:55 am

Gaz Coombes set to play the Concorde 2 in Brighton

Ahead of the release of his forthcoming solo album ‘Turn The Car Around’, due January 13th 2023 via Hot Fruit Recordings/Virgin Music, Gaz Coombes has this week released his latest new single ‘Long Live The Strange’ and accompanying music video.

The new Gaz Coombes single ‘Long Live The Strange’

Gaz explains “This song was written as a celebration of the weird and wonderful and as a reminder to embrace that at all times”. The single stands as an ode to how music has the power to bring people together. He wrote it after taking his daughter Tiger to see Cavetown in Oxford in 2020. “The show had a big impact on me,” he recalls. “It was what live performance is all about, connecting with an audience that consists of anybody and everybody who wants to be part of it, it’s fully inclusive and I found that quite powerful.” It was heartening to Coombes to discover, 30 years after he listened to Inspiral Carpets and Pixies and The Wedding Present and felt like he was part of a gang, there was still a place where the strange ones go. “It’s obviously strange in the nicest sense of the word,” he adds.

Gaz Coombes forthcoming ‘Turn The Car Around’ album

‘Long Live the Strange’ is accompanied by a new video directed by Niall Trask. Playfully weaving in the songs’ themes of inclusion and acceptance, the beautifully shot video sees Gaz enlisting hundreds of friends to create something delightfully idiosyncratic to accompany this ode to the outsiders. Watch HERE. Discussing the video, Trask playfully jokes “When I was brought onto the project, Gaz had already been living amongst the community of mannequins for several months. His knowledge of them allowed me to have no issues directing them nor overcome the language barrier. The whole process was fascinating and certainly a culture shock; coming from South London, I found the silence and stillness almost deafening. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had as a filmmaker.”

Gaz Coombes and friends

Written and recorded in his gloriously ramshackle Oxfordshire outhouse Studio, with ‘Turn The Car Around’ (13th January) Gaz has emerged with the best work of his illustrious career. It’s an album that both taps into the sonic palettes and lyrical themes of its predecessors and marks the third and final part of a trilogy of records alongside 2015’s Mercury and Ivor Novello nominated sophomore album ‘Matador’ and 2018’s ‘World’s Strongest Man’. At the same time, it carves a bold new way forwards. “There’s a lot of subject matter in there that I’ve played with and maybe not managed to see through in the past. I’ve evolved”, Gaz adds.

As he celebrates 10 years of his lauded solo career, riding the crest of the Supergrass reunion wave and looking ahead to a bold new album release in ‘Turn The Car Around’, Gaz Coombes will tour the UK this coming April with a dozen headline dates. This includes a show at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Thursday 27th April.

Concorde 2 will be hosting the Gaz Coombes concert (pic Mike Burnell)

April 2023 UK Tour Dates:
14 The Academy Dublin, Ireland
15 Limelight 2, Befast, Ireland
17 The Garage, Glasgow
18 Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne
19 The Leadmill, Sheffield
21 The Mill, Birmingham
22 Club Academy Manchester, Manchester
24 Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
25 The Waterfront, Norwich
27 Concorde 2, Brighton
28 SWX, Bristol
29 Electric Ballroom, London

Gaz will also be playing intimate instore performance and signing in celebration of ‘Turn The Car Around’ album at Resident in Brighton on Wednesday 18th January from 6:30pm. Not surprisingly, this event has already sold out! So fans had better snap up their Gaz Coombes Concorde 2 tickets from HERE or HERE before those sell out as well!

Tour flyer

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