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5 reasons BNL’s UK tour is gonna be a hoot

Barenaked Ladies head back to the UK in September and here’s what you can expect…

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1. Smaller audiences, bigger atmospheres

BNL’s shows in the UK are largely general admission, meaning there’s always an excitable queue and a palpable anticipation leading up to doors time. Once fans are packed inside the venues, you can expect a rousing atmosphere and our full attention (support acts included). Well, maybe except for a trip or two to the bar. Especially up north. Oh how they like a beverage up north. 😉🍺

With BNL hitting cities they’ve not played for years (in some cases, decades – the last stop in Liverpool was 2004, for instance), the crowds will be sure to give the band a rapturous reception to ensure they don’t leave it so long next time…

2. The Ladies are on 🔥 🔥

Having wrapped up the #LSOE2016 tour at the end of July, the band will have had a good month of R&R before hitting British shores. Over the summer, BNL entertained over 200,000 adoring fans across the States – with many long-time fans commenting that the band are in the best form ever. They bring their good vibes over to the UK for the 7 dates.

3. You might hear stuff you haven’t heard for years…

Since honing their live act as a four-piece, BNL have notably resisted rotating their setlist as much as in previous years; understandable for a band determined to rework and refine a polished, practiced set in their new iteration. However, this summer fans were treated to rarities such as “Beautiful” and “Peterborough and the Kawarthas”; as well as the reemergence of fan favourites such as “Hello City” and “Testing 1,2,3”. Expect to hear some forgotten gems in Blighty – oh and if you have a VIP ticket, get your requests in!

Example #LSOE2016 setlist

4. Boothby is supporting!

A UK tour wouldn’t feel quite right without this troublemaker around. Mr Boothby Graffoe is a superb musician, comedian and storyteller – and will kick-off the shows this September with his inimitable style of laid-back musical musings. He has some serious dirt on the Ladies, too, as this is his sixth time as opening act for the band in the UK – having only missed one tour over here in 12 years. They keep asking him back not only because he’s brilliant, but because he KNOWS STUFF. 😉

Look out for members of BNL gatecrashing his set, and the possibility of some scarily accurate Yoko Ono impressions…

5. BNL love the UK, and the UK loves BNL

Lugging a huge amount of gear over to our shores isn’t the cheapest thing to do – it’s fair to say the band don’t tour here for a money-spinner. The reason BNL have been coming back to the UK for over 25 years is because, simply, they love it. Different audiences, more intimate shows, and a fresh challenge all keep the band on their toes, which brings out the best in their live act.

Tyler told Get Barenaked:

What we always keep in mind when we come here – the ‘raison d’être’ for coming to the UK – is the fans.

The audience over here, I find they’re quite literate and educated in terms of music. So if we’re shite, they’ll let us know. If we’re doing a great show, then they’ll really encourage that and support it.

I feel like it’s a bit of a challenge for us to deliver over here – and sometimes that’s idiomatic – the jokes, are they going to work? Do they translate?

All in all, the band’s jaunt to the UK is gonna be a hoot – and you can follow every step of the way with Get Barenaked.

Friday 2nd September – Glasgow O2 ABC
Saturday 3rd September – Bingley Live Festival
Sunday 4th September – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 6th September – Cardiff Tramshed
Wednesday 7th September – Liverpool O2 Academy
Thursday 8th September – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 9th September – London Roundhouse

Don’t forget that you can join this Facebook group for all things BNLUK. Get Barenaked will be using the hashtag #BNLUK2016 across the tour on Twitter.

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