Scottish indie favourites Teenage Fanclub announce tour

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Scottish indie favourites Teenage Fanclub announce tour

Teenage Fanclub Australian Tour
Words by Mixdown Staff

Scottish indie icons Teenage Fanclub will return to Australia and New Zealand in March 2024, performing their first live shows down under since 2019.

The renowned Glasgow five-piece – led by founding members Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley, with drummer Francis Macdonald, bassist Dave McGowan and keyboardist Euros Childs – will perform six headline shows next Autumn in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Auckland.

The tour news comes in celebration of the band’s upcoming 11th studio album, Nothing Lasts Forever – set for release on September 22.

Teenage Fanclub

  • Tuesday 5 March – ​Astor Theatre | Perth, WA
  • Friday 8 March – Metro Theatre | Sydney, NSW
  • Saturday 9 March – ​The Croxton Bandroom | Melbourne, VIC
  • Tuesday 12 March – ​The Northern Hotel | Byron Bay, NSW
  • Wednesday 13 March – ​The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD
  • Friday 15 March – ​Powerstation | Auckland, NZ

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A rare thing, Teenage Fanclub are one of Britain’s most beloved cult outfits, with a career spanning three decades and fervent fans growing up alongside them. Ever since their formation in 1989, the band’s esteemed discography has soundtracked many a life: from the early ‘90s era-defining Bandwagonesque to albums such as Thirteen, Grand Prix, Songs From Northern Britain, Howdy!, Man Made, Shadows & Here, Endless Arcade and more.

In June 2023 Teenage Fanclub kicked off an extensive northern hemisphere tour, playing everywhere from Madrid to Manchester, Barcelona to Berlin, with a full UK run set for November.

With music recorded in an intense ten-day period in the bucolic Welsh countryside at Monmouth’s Rockfield Studios, one of the recurring themes of the new LP Nothing Lasts Forever is light, as both a metaphor for hope and as an ultimate destination further down the road. You can hear the effect of that environment on the band’s new record – it’s full of soft breeze, wide skies, beauty and space.

“We never talk about what we’re going to do before we start making a record,” explains Raymond of the forthcoming release. “The record feels reflective, and I think the more we do this thing, the more we become comfortable with going to that place of melancholy, feeling and expressing those feelings.”

“These songs are definitely personal,” adds Norman. “You’re getting older, you’re going into the cupboard getting the black suit out more often. Thoughts of mortality and the idea of the light must have been playing on our minds a lot … When we write, it’s a reflection of our lives.”

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