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Oct 5, 2020 - Message from TV:

“LOCKDOWN HOLIDAY”

I’m excited to announce the arrival of a brand new album.

To be honest, this was a record I never intended to make. At the beginning of March I was about to embark on a lengthy UK tour with Stiff Little Fingers and I had more than fifty gigs planned for the rest of the year, including some of the biggest venues I had ever played supporting Die Toten Hosen in Germany over the Summer. There was no prospect of setting time aside for writing and recording, and it was, after all, less than two years since I released “Land Of The Overdose.” Then suddenly everything changed. Even before the tour started, news of the Covid-19 virus reaching Europe arrived. After only three dates the tour was abandoned, I headed back home, the country went into lockdown, and - even worse - a couple of days later my partner Sally and I fell ill and we realised we had gone down with the Coronavirus. If Britain’s government had taken the situation seriously and put the country into lockdown a week earlier, as much of the rest of Europe had, it would never have happened. But now the damage was done.

From my sickbed I watched with utter disbelief as the mismanagement of the situation got worse and worse, and when I started to feel well enough again I did what any writer would have done: I began to write about what was happening.

The resulting album will be released on November 27th, preceded by a free double A-side video single of two of the songs, “Send In The Clown” and “I Surf The Second Wave,” available on YouTube from 9th October. Local lockdowns permitting, I will preview the songs from the album along with some old favourites live at Blackpool Winter Gardens, home of the Rebellion Festival Acoustic Stage, at two socially distanced gigs on November 6th and 7th. The Winter Gardens has been awarded the Visit England “We’re Good To Go” industry standard confirming that it complies with the Public Health Guidance on Covid-19 measures being in place to ensure a safe visit for its guests. Ticket link here: https://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/whats-on

The album will be released on CD and vinyl formats in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by JKP, distributed by Warners, and on CD only in the United Kingdom and rest of the world by Easy Action, distributed by Cargo. It is available to pre-order in CD format only at a discounted price on tvsmith.com from today, reverting to full price on release. Price on the webshop includes postage according to country - please choose your correct territory!

I think these are some of the most powerful and poignant songs I have ever written. I hope you agree, and enjoy my take on these extraordinary times.

TV Smith

Tracklist:

  1. THE LUCKY ONES
  2. BOUNCE BACK
  3. ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS
  4. FAKE NEWS
  5. LOCKDOWN HOLIDAY
  6. SEND IN THE CLOWN
  7. THE RACE FOR LAST PLACE
  8. JOIN THE MAINSTREAM
  9. GOOD OLD DAYS
  10. I SURF THE SECOND WAVE
  11. GOING NOWHERE FAST

Apr 7, 2020 - Message from TV:
These are strange times without gigs...
I've tried to make up for it a little by recording some live performances in my home studio for you.
Hope you enjoy these ten songs I've chosen...all for free and available now.
Please consider joining my YouTube channel and I'll see if I can record some more as the lockdown continues!

Watch the complete Acoustic Video Sessions:

New TV Smith Album
NOW AVAILABLE - CD and Vinyl

New T-Shirt Design
NOW AVAILABLE in shop


Gigs
last updated: 27 Nov 20

UK Booking:
Crucialtalent@googlemail.com
Tel : +44 (0) 7884 348176
www.myspace.com/crucialtalent
www.crucialtalent.co.uk

UK
Sat 06 Feb 2021 PRESTON - Riva Showbar
A socially-distanced punk all dayer, with TV, The Drones, System Of Hate, Fire Exit, Dead Objectives, U Want Fox, Boggy Formby and more tba. Postponed from December 5th.
Sun 07 Feb 2021 NORTHWICH - Salty Dog
Postponed from 6th December. Social distancing and bubble tables, and a strictly limited capacity of 30 people. Get in quick for tickets! https://salty-dog.co.uk/gigs
Thu 04 Mar 2021 BRISTOL - O2 Academy
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Fri 05 Mar 2021 CARDIFF - Great Hall
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Sat 06 Mar 2021 BIRMINGHAM - O2 Academy
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Mon 08 Mar 2021 PORTSMOUTH - Pyramids
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Tue 09 Mar 2021 NORTHAMPTON - Roadmenders
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Wed 10 Mar 2021 NORWICH - Waterfront
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Fri 12 Mar 2021 NEWCASTLE - O2 Academy
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Sat 13 Mar 2021 LEEDS - O2 Academy
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Sun 14 Mar 2021 NOTTINGHAM - Rock City
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Tue 16 Mar 2021 TROON - Concert Hall
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Wed 17 Mar 2021 GLASGOW - Barrowland
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Fri 19 Mar 2021 MANCHESTER - O2 Academy
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year.
Sat 20 Mar 2021 LONDON - Roundhouse
Stiff Little FIngers, The Professionals, and TV Smith on the rescheduled tour from last year, with special guests the Neville Staple band.
Fri 09 Apr 2021 BLACKPOOL - Winter Gardens
Two socially-distanced gigs in the home of the Rebellion Festival. Re-scheduled from November, these gigs will now be held in the beautiful Spanish Hall in the Winter Gardens. https://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/whats-on?Query=&Date=2021-04&DateRange=Date
Sat 10 Apr 2021 BLACKPOOL - Winter Gardens
Two socially-distanced gigs in the home of the Rebellion Festival. Re-scheduled from November, these gigs will now be held in the beautiful Spanish Hall in the Winter Gardens. https://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/whats-on?Query=&Date=2021-04&DateRange=Date
Germany
Thu 15 Apr 2021 DORTMUND - Subrosa
Fri 16 Apr 2021 NüRNBERG - Z-Bau
Sat 17 Apr 2021 FRANKFURT - Das Bett
Tue 31 Dec 2222 -

01 Dec 20 Lockdown live!
This Friday 4th December TV will play the entire new album live on Facebook at 20:00 GMT, 21:00 UTC. Here's the link for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/687118985339494/
06 Nov 20 Video for Lockdown Holiday
Video now online: “Lockdown Holiday.” the title song from the new TV Smith album “Lockdown Holiday.” : https://youtu.be/y3E_IdLESpk
01 Nov 20 TV Livestream
TV will be performing his first ever livestream gig on Attila The Stockbroker's "Attila Introduces..." Facebook group page at 8:00pm UTC this coming Tuesday 3rd November. You need to join the group to watch! https://www.facebook.com/groups/attilathestockbrokerintroduces
15 Oct 20 Second free Video-single now available
Second song from the new video single now available to watch on YouTube. "I Surf The Second Wave" https://youtu.be/r7r6Y4nkEog
09 Oct 20 First free Video-single now available
The first song of the free double A-side video-only single from TV Smith’s forthcoming album “Lockdown Holiday” is now available to view on YouTube.

You can watch “Send in The Clown” here:
https://youtu.be/7oq8goEUoWY


The flipside, “I Surf The Second Wave” will be made available in one week and you will receive the link for it in a follow-up newsletter then.

“Lockdown Holiday” will be released on November 27th and is available to pre-order at a discounted price here: http://tvsmith.com/shop
16 Aug 20 Finally...gigs!
This time it looks like it will really happen...one of TV's favourite venues, the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich is going to host two socially-distanced seated gigs in their beer garden on the weekend of 5th and 6th September. Details of how to obtain tickets in the gig list!
16 Aug 20 Immortal Rich
TV's 1994 album "Immortal Rich" has just been re-released on CD by Easy Action Records and is available in the online shop here. This new version includes as bonus tracks the "Thin Green Line" EP that TV recorded with Tom Robinson, and the track "Eurodisneyland Tomorrow" which was previously only available as the B-side of "We Want The Road."
14 Aug 20 TV on Video
Still no gigs...but I've now uploaded the video session I recorded for the online Rebellion Festival this year to my YouTube channel as individual songs. I hope to keep adding to the songs on YouTube so please subscribe to the channel to get notified of what's new there! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2s63T1NH3GtdKbULX5pXtg/videos
03 Aug 20 No Gigs!
Very disappointed to have to report that due to the change in the laws on indoor gigs announced on Friday - with just 24 hours notice - the gigs at the Waterloo Music Bar planned for this week have had to be cancelled. Everyone tried really hard to get the event switched to an outside location but sadly it just wasn't possible to do it in time. Full refunds to everyone who bought tickets of course. https://www.waterloomusicbar.com
28 Jul 20 Gigs!
The wait for a gig is finally over! The Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool has been granted permission to stage four nights of gigs over the period when Rebellion was due to take place, with TV playing on the Thursday and Saturday, and Arturo Bassick on the Friday and Sunday. These will be seated table service gigs following the current guidelines and strictly limited to 70 people per night, advance tickets only. https://www.waterloomusicbar.com

TV's books of tour diaries

TV's tour diaries - available at most gigs, at the webshop on this site and through the Arima Publishing website


TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers
perform 'Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts' Live at the 100 Club.

TV Smith: Your Ticket Out Of Here - The Complete Collectors Guide
Slaby Witness, Sleaze, the Adverts, TV Smith's Explorers, Party Line, High, Production House, Cheap... the TV Smith story is one of rock's richest, filled with some of the most exhilarating music of the past 30 years. And Your Ticket Out Of Here is the first comprehensively detailed guide to every last note of it. Written by Dave Thompson - editor and publisher of the legendary TV Times fanzine.
paperback book, 170 pages. PRICE $25
https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3405418



TV TIMES - THE COMPLETE SERIES FOR SALE

Between 1980-1984, members of TV Smith's fan club received a free fanzine, running from two to twenty pages, for 43 issues.
The entire series has now been archived on CD, 357 black/white pages of text and images (.bmp) comprising a priceless 357 page archive not only of TV Smith, Adverts and TV Smith's Explorers news, interviews, reviews etc, but also a wealth of related artists... Richard Strange (including a 1981 interview), Doctors of Madness (including a complete band history), Lords of the New Church (three very early interviews, pre-first album), Ian Mitchell Band, Last Touch, many more.
Includes discographies, biographies, family trees, press cuttings, much more. Unpublished in any other form. Photos were taken from one of no more than three surviving complete sets, and reflect the occasionally haphazard photocopying that characterized the series - however, all are readable, while the bmp/bitmap format allows the user to print and reconfigure pages at will.
Disc also includes a couple of unpublished issues, and color originals of several covers.

PRICE $15 + shipping: $1 USA, $2 international.
Contact quatrmass@aol.com to reserve your copy and for payment details.


Archive History

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