SKUNK ANANSIE Tickets
Due to popular demand Skunk Anansie have today confirmed a UK date for their 2014 acoustic tour. They will return to the capital for their only 2014 UK show. This very special event will take place at Hackney Empire, March 25th.
The acoustic tour follows their acclaimed performance at Belgravia's storied Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where Skunk Anansie served up beautifully re-imagined versions of some of their best-loved songs before an enrapt audience of 900 fans. Tickets for the event sold out within hours of going on sale
The newly released DVD 'An Acoustic Skunk Anansie' is an intimate portrait of a band boldly toying with convention and their own illustrious history, it's a timely reminder that, even as Skunk Anansie approach their 20th anniversary as a band, the Londoners retain the power to provoke and surprise.
"It was really special," says Skin. "It showcased a whole new side to the band. When you strip everything back a lot of the beauty and vulnerability and menace of the songs shines through in totally new ways, the nuances of the writing really comes through. And people were really listening, really concentrating, instead of jumping up and down and stagediving as is the norm at our concerts. Even though most of the audience had probably seen us play before, at some points it must have been as if they were hearing the band for the very first time."
Drawing upon material from all five of Skunk Anansie's studio albums (plus the 'Smashes And Trashes' compilation, released in 2009 to celebrate the band's return from a nine year hiatus), 'An Acoustic Skunk Anansie - Live In London' is an astonishing document of the night. It's a unique snapshot of an iconic band performing at the peak of their powers.
Since regrouping in 2009 after an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie have gone from strength to strength. Their 2010 album, Wonderlustre, saw the band combine their trademark raw rock riffs, deep funk, frenetic drumwork and lush vocals with more confidence and maturity than ever before. "It's been very natural and unforced - a bit like coming home,"says lead singer Skin. "We have a huge fan base that was screaming out for us to do something. We got back together because we have a strong chemistry. We're very proud of our past work, but what drives us is the future."
The band, whose line-up is completed by Ace (guitar), Cass Lewis (bass) and Mark Richardson (drums), are a dynamic, alchemical force - something that they were delighted to rediscover after their lengthy break. "We'd been around the world, played with lots of different musicians, come back and realised, boy, we had something very, very special,"says Cass. They've been taking that force worldwide, with a succession of sell-out tours and releases.
Skunk Anansie have toured globally with such acts as U2, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and Rammstein, and in 1999, headlined the Glastonbury Festival. 2011 saw the band complete a sell-out European tour and appear at a series of summer festival shows including Download festival and Pukklepop, as well as take in headline shows at Rock In Roma and Orange Warsaw Festival. They were presented the ESKA Award in Poland for Best International Rock Band.
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