Gloucester Guildhall Presents
Brit Award nominees The Feeling come to Gloucester Guildhall as part of an intimate ten-date tour.
In 2006, every five minutes someone somewhere was playing a song by The Feeling. Their first four singles saw them rack up 97,436 radio plays, which meant that, on average, a song by the band was played on the radio 267 times a day. Every day. For a whole year. Unsurprisingly this made them the most played band on UK radio that year.
But we’re jumping ahead here. Meeting at school (lead singer Dan and bass guitarist Richard at Croydon’s famous BRIT School) and going on to all study Commercial Music at the University of Worcester, they worked as session musicians for many years before coming together as a group to play covers to drunken tourists in the Alps. Taking their name from a neon sign hanging above a Parisian bar, the band were suddenly catapulted to stardom in February 2006 when Dermot O’Leary played their debut single Sewn on his Radio 2 show, which went on to enter the UK singles chart at #7. Despite entering three places lower at #10, second release Fill My Little World vastly outsold their debut and spent four consecutive weeks at #16. The album, Twelve Stops Then Home, burst into the UK albums chart in June at #2 and to date has sold over a million copies, boasting as it does five Top 40 singles. To celebrate the release, their record company, Island Records, took 120 British music journalists to Paris on the Eurostar, where the band performed live in a restaurant in a nod to the origins of their name.
As well as massive chart success, 2006 also saw The Feeling touring with The Fray, embarking on their own headline tour just days after returning to the UK.
Two years later, after being nominated for a BRIT, an NME and a Q Award, and winning the Ivor Novello for Songwriters of the Year, they were ready to release their second album, Join With Us, which shot straight to #1 in the UK album charts in February 2008, with the lead single, I Thought It Was Over, charting at #12 on the strength of downloads alone. Three more singles and a one-off Christmas record followed that year, as well as appearances at V Festival and the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, two more tours and a support slot on the UK leg of Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway World Tour.
There are few people who wouldn’t list The Feeling as a guilty pleasure. And the thing is that nothing about the band is supposed to be cool – defiantly unfashionable and fabulously naff, the band are under no pretence that they are “a bit rock” and can’t help but challenge their naysayers (which these days are few and far between) with the overpowering, giddy rush of their songs. Their honest, direct lyrics mean that the songs are filled with heart as well as hooks, which goes a long way to explain why the band are enduringly popular, with loyal fans stretching to every corner of the world.
Although the band are yet to secure themselves a number 1 single, with a third album on the way and in increasingly glum times, maybe now we need their persistently upbeat blend of indie-pop more than ever. The Search Every Corner tour is more intimate than their previous shows, allowing the band to showcase new material and giving fans the chance to hear the latest sound from The Feeling. Make no mistake about it, this show will sell out, and sell out fast.
Tuesday 15th February // Tickets £12 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street