A progressive is
someone who wants
to see society
re-organised
so that everyone
has access to
the means by
which to reach
their full potential
Billy Bragg
38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

In these challenging times, we all need something to hang on to. Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 have been disrupted by the pandemic, but today I’m announcing an extensive UK & Irish tour for this time next year to give me something tangible to work towards. My hope is that, by then, we’ll be able to get together again and enjoy the uplift that live music brings, to audience and performer alike.
Hope to see you next Autumn

 “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.” Billy Bragg 2019

In each town Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights.The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).

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That's it, final straw, we can't go giving basic human rights & respect to trans people because it will cause absolute havoc with the dinner party place settings. https://twitter.com/setoacnna/status/1215002003732094976

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Wed Nov 11th, 2020

Billy Bragg

A bunch of my posts from the past fortnight seem to have disappeared, so I'm re-posting the info about this week's poster sale on BBbay. There are a couple of the massive five feet by three feet four inch street posters for Levi Stubbs' Tears and the Sexuality single, as well as Greetings to the New Brunette and the successful 2002 campaign to get take Down the Union Jack into the charts in the week of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

There are fifteen posters up for grabs this week, including one designed by Jamie Reid for the Red Wedge election campaign. See them all at https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/braggcentral
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Mon Nov 9th, 2020

Billy Bragg

Happy to announce a new show has been added at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland on 18 February as part of the re-scheduled 2022 tour dates.

But it is with disappointment that we must announce that my scheduled performance for Dunedin cannot be rescheduled and must be cancelled. Christchurch Town Hall will now be my only exclusive South Island performance.

If you have purchased tickets to Dunedin, you do not need to do anything. These will be refunded to the same bank account of which you made the purchase.

Christchurch has been postponed to Saturday 19 February 2022. If you have purchased tickets and cannot attend the new date, please contact your point of purchase to receive a refund.

Due to demand, the scheduled performances in Wellington have been upgraded from San Fran to The Opera House and will now be taking place 13, 14, 15 of February 2022. If you had previously purchased a ticket or ticket bundle for San Fran, you will automatically be given an allocated seat for the Opera House and notified via email. If you cannot attend the new date, please contact your point of purchase to receive a refund.

The show for Sydney has been upgraded to The Enmore Theatre. All previously purchased tickets have been allocated a seated ticket, either on the floor or on the upper balcony. However, if you would like to change for a General Admission standing ticket, or if you require special needs seating, please contact the Enmore Theatre at boxoffice@century.com.au by Monday 16 November, 9AM AEDT and they can switch it for you free of charge, until allocation is exhausted.

Full Listings: www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistings
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Sun Nov 8th, 2020

Billy Bragg

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the pandemic, I’m sorry to have to announce that my 2021 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been postponed again. This is incredibly frustrating for everyone concerned, but with the current situation regarding live music scene and with no vaccine on the near horizon, the consensus among the venues, the promoter and myself is to push this tour back into 2022.

New dates and venues can be found at www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistings

All ticket bundles in all cities will be honoured. Although some venues have changed, the three night format will be retained. If you are unable to attend your new performance date listed on the link, please contact your point of purchase. New tickets will go on sale Monday 16 November, 12pm local time.
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