Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Billy Bragg: Bridges Not Walls
Fresh from touring the world with Joe Henry and galvanised by ‘events’, not least the worrying rise of popularism, Billy Bragg is dealing with it in the best way he knows how, by strapping on his electric guitar and heading out on tour across the UK and Europe in November, under the title ‘Bridges Not Walls’. Billy, in one-man Clash mode, will perform songs from his 30+ year career, some pertinent covers by his heroes and mentors and some freshly minted songs about the state of the world.
Music can't change the world, but it does have the power to bring people together. In such divisive times, it seems a good place to start.
Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years.
Among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This At Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, and his stripped-down tenth, Tooth & Nail, his most successful since the early 90s.
The intervening three decades have been marked by a number one hit single, having a street named after him, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing onstage at Wembley Stadium, curating Left Field at Glastonbury, sharing pudding with a Cabinet minister in the House of Commons cafeteria, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen.
At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian).
Supported by Sean McGowan - an American rapper, activist, and writer.
Enjoy a pre-concert or interval drink in our private hospitality space, the 1840 Room, for just £7 per person including a free drink.
Avoid the crowds in the Grand Foyer Bar, and relax and enjoy views across the city from our third-floor 1840 Room. Spaces are limited so book early.
The 1840 room will be open from 90 minutes prior to the concert start time, and during the interval (it’s closed during the performance).
7.5% per order administrative fee applies for online & telephone orders, this includes all costs and postage is free. More information about booking fees.