On 15th July 1983, Big Country released their debut album, The Crossing, arguably what the record-buying public worldwide view as the definitive sound and songs of one of the most exciting post-punk and post-classic rock bands of all time. The Crossing reached number four in the UK album chart, remaining in the chart for a phenomenal 81 weeks. It also reached number four in Canada and number eighteen in the USA Billboard 200, eleven in The Netherlands, number eighteen in Sweden and number eight in New Zealand, eventually being certified Platinum in both the UK and Canada.

Spawning their iconic songs and anthems In A Big Country, Harvest Home, Chance and their debut single, Fields Of Fire released in February (reaching number ten in the UK singles chart), beyond the UK, the album was released in countries as diverse and far-flung as Japan, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, The Philippines, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada and the USA, where it was even available on 8 Track!

The band, Stuart Adamson, Bruce Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki,- performed on such iconic TV shows as The Tube, The Old Grey Whistle Test and of course,Top of The Pops sealing their phenomenal appeal across the whole spectrum of music fans. As response grew internationally, the band would also appear on the legendary Saturday Night Live TV show in the USA.

Recorded in California, the fourth Big Country album, Peace In Our Time arrived in September 1988 and was produced by the band along with Ina Wolf and Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band (Centrefold). Mixed at the same Los Angeles studio as Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album,’Peace In Our Time reached the top ten in the UK, where the singles King Of Emotion and the title track. The album was also top 40 in Germany and top 30 in Sweden.

Big Country now mark the 35th anniversary of The Crossing by performing the album in its entirety and the 30th anniversary of the release of Peace In Our Time with a best-of selection.

Big Country comprises Bruce Watson on guitars and vocals, Mark Brzezicki on drums, guitarist Jamie Watson and will be augmented on stage by Simon Hough and Scott Whitley.



Date Venue
Thu 13th The Buttermarket Shrewsbury
Fri 14th Mecca Swindon
Sat 15th Phoenix Exeter
Thu 20th Cavern Club Liverpool
Fri 21st The Robin 2 Bilston
Sat 22nd The Live Rooms Chester


Date Venue
Wed 3rd Music and Arts Centre Barnoldswick
Thu 4th Arlington Arts Centre Newbury
Thu 11th MK11 Milton Keynes
Fri 12th Warehouse Wakefield
Sat 13th O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri 19th The Phoenix Arts Centre Blyth
Fri 26th Town Hall Louth


Date Venue
Fri 2nd Gorilla Manchester
Sat 3rd Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Fri 9th Chinnerys Southend-On-Sea
Sat 10th Roadmender Northampton
Fri 16th Under The Bridge London
Sat 17th The Old Market Hove
Wed 21st The Flowerpot Derby
Thu 22nd Subscription Rooms Stroud
Fri 23rd The Fleece Bristol
Sat 24th Cheese & Grain Frome
Sun 25th The Globe Cardiff

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