Fast approaching his 2000th show as a musician, the stage is Frank Turner’s natural habitat, where this folk-punk legend thrives. After spending this much time on the road and playing to 43 countries so far in his career, Turner could be forgiven for tiring, however the evidence from this 2016 ‘Get Better’ tour, show the 34-year-old is still burning at full power.
An advocate of small venues, Turner is no stranger to all corners of the UK, and the ‘Get Better’ shows, in support of his latest album Positive Songs for Negative People sees the touring connoisseur reach out to places like Scunthorpe, Carlisle and Bexhill. Recently appointed a patron of the British Humanist Association it is evident that ‘reaching out’ is a thematic aim for Turner.
One of the very few remaining authentic, die-hard singer-songwriters left to attention, the acoustic punk pioneer has no pretension; his live shows are personal and inclusive. Such aspects are also transferred to his records, ‘Song for Josh’ from Positive Songs… sees Turner contemplating the death of Josh Burdette: Head of security at the 9:30 club in Washington DC and a close friend to Frank. Turner is constantly producing material promoting hope and positivity however, hence the single ‘Get Better’ – and thus the apt title for the tour.
Still in its early stages, Frank Turner is playing to 21 venues across the UK, and then the 2000th show is to be held at Nottingham’s Rock City on December 15th. As if touring wasn’t enough, ‘Get Better – A Film about Frank Turner’ will be in cinemas for one night only on December 13th.