Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls today announced the release of a new album, Live In Newcastle, which is due for release on April 24 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. 

Frank Turner performing at the O2 City Hall. Pic: Gary Welford.

Captured at O2 City Hall in Newcastle last November, the 20-track live recording was made during Turner’s 2019 headline tour in support of his latest studio album release, No Man’s Land, his fourth consecutive UK Top 3 album. 

Read our review of the City Hall gig here: Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls put a new twist on their live show

The new album comes amid Turner’s #IndependentVenueLove series of virtual fundraising shows, created to provide support to the UK’s independent music venues during the current coronavirus crisis.

The digital release of Live In Newcastle snapshots a shake-up of Turner’s live set-up, featuring un-plugged versions from his extensive back catalogue, performed with his band The Sleeping Souls, unusually for Frank, to seated audiences.

Speaking about this alternate approach to those shows (where full-band sets followed a solo acoustic opener from Turner), he said: “The story-telling set that I put together with the Sleeping Souls last year was a new venture, an experiment, a risk, and in the end a huge success – I couldn’t be more proud of the way we found a new angle on my songs and my live show.

“I’m excited that we managed to capture the magic and get it out there for everyone to enjoy.”

The album recording also takes in introspective and deeply personal discussions of the material, shedding new light on old favourites.

Turner’s current #IndependentVenueLove virtual fundraiser has already helped to raise enough funds to save Southampton’s Joiners Arms from closure, and has also provided over £10,000 in donations for London’s Nambucca venue.

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