The internationally acclaimed indie duo Turin Brakes are to make a surprise and short notice visit to Shetland to play a one-off gig in Lerwick’s British Legion on Sunday 4th October as part of a brief Scottish tour. The Scottish dates come hot on the heels of their headline success at this year’s Loopallu festival in Ullapool.
Turin Brakes, featuring Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, originally formed in 1999. Their critically acclaimed debut album The Optimist was nominated for the coveted Mercury Music Prize and also spawned two successful UK singles Underdog (Save Me) and Emergency 72.
Their follow up album Ether Song fared even better, reaching No 4 in the UK album charts, while several successful singles again followed including Long Distance and Pain Killer which made No 5 in the charts.
Since then the band have released further successful albums including Jackinabox in 2005, which once again entered the UK charts at No 10 in its first week of release, while they have recently been working with and writing for the likes of Take That and Dido.
Davie Gardner of local company Atlantic Edge Music Services, which is co-promoting the gig with Scottish based music promoters Beyond Promotions, said it was great to have yet another high profile band asking to perform in Shetland.
“Turin Brakes apparently played a storming set at the Loopallu festival in Ullapoool and enjoyed it so much they asked if they could play a few additional gigs in Scotland including Shetland. It’s short notice for sure but I’m happy to give it a go given the profile and quality of the band. I’m aware that they have quite a number of fans up here so it should be a great night for sure,” he said.
Tickets for the gig, priced £10, are now available from High Level Music on Commercial Street and via Seetickets at www.seetickets.com. Doors open at 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30pm. There will also be local support.