Turin Brakes have announced they will bring their classic Mercury Prize shortlisted album, The Optimist LP, back to the live stage with a nationwide UK tour in October 2021 to celebrate two decades of their definitive debut.

The South London band which consists of founder members (and former primary school friends) Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, along with long-time bandmates Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, originally released The Optimist LP in March 2001 (achieving gold status in the UK),followed up by 2003’s Ether Song which featured the top five hit single Pain Killer (Summer Rain). The band has since moved on to rack up seven top 40 singles, six top 40 albums and over a million sales worldwide. The band said:

‘It’s very exciting! We can’t wait to get out and perform this big milestone set comprising of the Optimist and other TB faves for everyone. The Optimist means so much to us and the people it touched in the early part of this century. So, let’s climb into our TB time machine where we’ve set the controls for 2001. Where did the time go…?’



Date Venue
Thu 7th The 1865 Southampton
Fri 8th Junction Cambridge
Sat 9th O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
Sun 10th Chalk Brighton
Thu 14th O2 Academy Bristol
Fri 15th Cathedral Manchester
Sat 16th Boiler Shop Newcastle
Sun 17th Barrowlands Glasgow
Thu 21st O2 Institute Birmingham
Fri 22nd University Stylus Leeds
Sat 23rd O2 Academy Liverpool
Sun 24th Tramshed Cardiff


Date Venue
Tue 30th Engine Shed Lincoln


Date Venue
Wed 1st Guildhall Gloucester
Thu 2nd Live Rooms Chester
Fri 3rd The Picturedrome Holmfirth

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