The Tom Robinson Band’s debut album Power In The Darkness was first performed 40 years ago in Victoria Park, London in front of 80,000 people at Rock Against Racism’s Carnival Against The Nazis alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex.

The album was certified gold in the UK and Japan resulting in a major 28-date UK tour supported by Stiff Little Fingers in the Autumn of 1978

When Tom performed the entire Power In The Darkness album at London’s 100 Club in 2017, all three shows sold out almost instantly. In October, to mark the album’s 40th anniversary, Tom will once again perform it live on tour in the UK, culminating in a special headline show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday October 27th. As ever his incendiary band features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, guitarist Adam Phillips (Richard Ashcroft Band), keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons and Tom himself on bass and vocals.

Tom Robinson first became known in 1977 as a musician, LGBT activist and anti-racist campaigner with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) whose debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other well-known songs at the time included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True.

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, served for ten years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

Support on all shows is Mancunian soul singer Lee Forsyth Griffiths, whose first two albums were produced by Trevor Horn and Ian Grimble.



Date Venue
Wed 3rd Epic Norwich
Thu 4th Plough Arts Great Torrington
Fri 5th Marine Theatre Lyme Regis
Sat 6th Brighthelm Centre Brighton
Tue 9th Ropery Hall Humberside
Wed 10th Glee Club Birmingham
Thu 11th Band On The Wall Manchester
Fri 12th Whelan’s Dublin
Sat 13th Elmwood Hall Belfast
Tue 16th Brudenell Leeds
Wed 17th Sage Gateshead
Thu 18th King Tut’s Glasgow
Fri 19th Philharmonic Liverpool
Sat 20th The 1865 Southampton
Tue 23rd Festival Canterbury
Wed 24th The Fleece Bristol
Thu 25th The Globe Cardiff
Fri 26th Bullingdon Oxford
Sat 27th O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London

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