Currently one of the hottest tickets on both sides of the Atlantic, The Dead South will return to the UK for a 15 date tour in January and February 2019.

The Dead South, a gold rush-vibing four-piece acoustic bluegrass set from Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, infuse the genre’s traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. The sound, build on a taught configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, speeds like a train past polite definitions of bluegrass into the grittier, rowdier spaces of the traditional world.

Their original and current line-up includes the gnarled baritone of Nate Hilts, Scott Pringle on mandolin, whistling cellist Danny Kenyon and virtuosic banjo player Colton Crawford. The four-piece’s, acoustic string-driven approach puts the interplay of unique and versatile voices front and centre, with Hilts, Pringle and Kenyon all sharing lead vocal duties.

The Dead South’s rise to touring juggernaut status is in part a very modern music biz fairytale; an algorithm-breaking success story in a one hundred-million-view YouTube hit.

The band’s second album Illusion & Doubt hit the top five on the US Billboard Bluegrass chart and entered the top thirty on the US Country iTunes Chart, which in turn fuelled interest in the band’s debut album, Good Company, which, though released in 2015, recently hit the top fifty on the Billboard chart and top twenty on US iTunes overall chart.

The boost to both albums, Nate Hilts believes, is partially due to the band’s video for In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company, which was released in early 2016. “We were late to the game getting videos out for Good Company in general and after we did the In Hell… video in 2016 we concentrated on releasing Illusion & Doubt and put the video on the back burner. But, a few months after we released it, there was just this huge… BOOM.”

Boom is a good way to put it. Currently In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company has over 85 million views on YouTube and is gaining roughly 1,000,000 views weekly.

TOUR DATES 2019

January

Date Venue
Wed 30th Whelans Dublin
Thu 31st Foundry Belfast

February

Date Venue
Sat 2nd O2 Academy Newcastle
Sun 3rd O2 Academy Glasgow
Tue 5th O2 Academy Liverpool
Wed 6th O2 Ritz Manchester
Thu 7th O2 Academy Leeds
Fri 8th Rock City Nottingham
Sat 9th Banking Hall At Open Norwich
Sun 10th O2 Academy Bristol
Tue 12th Tramshed Cardiff
Wed 13th Pyramids Portsmouth
Thu 14th Concorde Brighton
Fri 15th Kentish Town Forum London
Sat 16th The Junction Cambridge
Sun 17th O2 Institute Birmingham

Tickets are now on sale

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