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Big Country

Big Country

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Based in the UK

29 gigs listed (see below)

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About Big Country

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.

Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.

The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.

The run of success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’ . In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases ‘The Seer’ (1986, which included the bands biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and ‘Peace In Our Time’ (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.

At the start of the 90’s ‘Through A Big Country’, featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album ‘No Place Like Home’ (1991) taking the band’s total record sales to well over five million copies.

Further studio albums Buffalo Skinners (1993) and ‘Why The Long Face (1995) followed, which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones ‘Voodoo Lounge’ European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995.

In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ‘Bridges To Babylon” tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were “one of the best opening bands we ever had”.

Two songs written at that time (‘Somebody Else’ and ‘Devil In The Eye’) were co-written with Ray Davies of The Kinks who invited the band to back him on the main stage at Glastonbury to perform a storming set in the rain.

By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album ‘Driving To Damascus’. It would be the last album they recorded together. With Stuart at the helm, Big Country, scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way. Stuart and Big Country would tour Europe one final time in 2000 and on the closing night at their beloved Barrowlands in Glasgow the band were fatefully joined on stage for one last song by Alarm singer Mike Peters and Bruce Watson’s son Jamie on guitar.

On December 16th 2001, Stuart Adamson took his own life in Honolulu, USA. He is survived by his children Callum and Kirsten. A celebration of Stuart’s life was held at Glasgow Barrowlands in May 2002 featuring the remaining members of Big Country with special guest vocalists including Mike Peters who would also sing with the band at a fan club convention in Zaandam, Holland.

The remaining three members had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again. But, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s Twenty-fifth anniversary. “It wasn’t a come-back… it was just the three of us having fun, as friends and as a band, and hoping to give the fans some enjoyment by playing our songs live, to celebrate 25 years” – Bruce Watson

In the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson finally picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters to do what he had previously been reluctant to do and sing with Big Country officially. In order to celebrate 30 years since the band was formed, Mike (a longstanding friend of Stuart’s who credits the words of ‘In A Big Country’ as literally inspiring him to ‘Stay Alive’ through two very public cancer battles), instinctively agreed and dates were booked. The first was fittingly in Glasgow, Scotland on New Years Eve 2010 and the second in the band’s hometown of Dunfermline. There was instant chemistry with the band also being joined by Bruce Watson’s son Jamie on guitar as Big Country again sought solace in the music and the freedom to express their love and admiration for their departed friend Stuart Adamson (who’s usual space at the centre of the stage was left symbolically vacant).

“When we are playing it is as if we never stopped, but I know we have, I know we suffered a great loss. But you heal . . . slowly. I can assure you that Stuart will be there with us every night, in our thoughts, in our words, and in our hearts. And now we find ourselves maybe not fully healed, but whole enough to hear the calling to continue this story. And time has made me realise that this story has always been about our fans, the love we have for our fans, and the love they have selflessly given us back.” – Bruce Watson

“When Bruce Watson called and asked me to sing for Big Country it was something I didn’t need to think twice about. It’s been an incredible honour getting to know the music of Big Country intimately and a pleasure to be around such great musicians and fans alike. I find singing the lyrics of Stuart Adamson very life affirming” – Mike Peters

Two years of intense and emotional shows followed with the ‘new’ Big Country fuelled by a renewed energy and once again revelling in the dreams and visions that had brought them together in the first place, finding instant and respectful acceptance by fans and critics alike. Since then, the band have performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park, Oxegen, Pink Pop and Cropredy creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards with the introduction of new original songs such as ‘Another Country’ and ‘The Journey’ which encapsulate not only the sound but the heart and soul of Big Country past, present and future.

With the promise of a new era dawning for the band and the realisation that Big Country now have the platform to once again record and tour on a world wide scale, bassist Tony Butler has decided that his time in Big Country has come to a close and so he has retired gracefully from the stage. The band now welcomes Scott Whitley on bass.

In April 2013, Big Country released The Journey and toured across the globe in support of this highly acclaimed album throughout the year.

Coming into 2014, new challenges arose for Big Country. With Mike Peters dedicating his efforts full-time towards the support of the 30th Anniversary of The Alarm’s Declaration, Big Country have been joined by Simon Hough to perform vocal duties. He has fit in perfectly as the band continues its touring throughout the year that Big Country celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the release of the album, ‘Steeltown’. 2015 sees a massive Best Of (and more) tour of the UK and Europe, during which, Scott Whitley joined the band on bass, following Derek’s departure after 3 years. With 2016 comes the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Seer’ with the album being performed in its entirety on tour.

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Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow, West Lothian

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Foundry, Students' Union

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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The Foundry

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Foundry, Students' Union

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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MECA

Swindon, Wiltshire

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Limelight

Belfast, Antrim

Venue Type : Live Music Club Complex

A brand new purpose built live / club venue. The venue has recently hosted live shows from acts including SLAYER, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, THE BREEDERS, DISCLOSURE, STEVE EARLE & PRIMAL SCREAM.

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Opium

Dublin

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The Empire

Coventry, West Midlands

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Empire

Coventry, West Midlands

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O2 Academy Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Dorset

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The Flowerpot

Derby, Derbyshire

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Derby's foremost Real Ale pub with Live Music!

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De Valence Pavilion

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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The Tivoli Venue

Buckley, Flintshire

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The Tivoli is a live venue with a rich heritage based in Buckley, North Wales.

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The Ballroom, SU

Keele, Staffordshire

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Keele University SU

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

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Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal, Cumbria

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The Old Fire Station

Carlisle, Cumbria

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The Old Fire Station

Carlisle, Cumbria

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Dorking Hall

Dorking, Surrey

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Engine Shed

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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TV Studio SWG3

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

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Perth Concert Hall

Perth, Perthshire

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O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Shepherds Bush, Greater London

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Cresset Theatre

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1978, The Cresset has been at the heart of the community ever since.

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Glen Pavillion

Dunfermline, Fife

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Past Gigs

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Electrik Warehouse

Liverpool

Sat 4th May 24

The Rockin' Chair

Wrexham

Fri 3rd May 24

The Forum

Bath

Sat 27th Apr 24

O2 Academy

Leicester

Fri 26th Apr 24

King Georges Hall

Blackburn

Sat 30th Mar 24

O2 Ritz

Manchester

Sat 16th Mar 24

Hangar 34

Liverpool

Fri 15th Mar 24

Boiler Shop

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Thu 14th Mar 24

The Assembly Rooms, Leamington

Leamington Spa

Sat 9th Mar 24

THE JUNCTION

Cambridge

Fri 8th Mar 24

Corn Exchange Ipswich

Ipswich

Thu 7th Mar 24

Leeds Beckett Students' Union

Leeds

Sat 2nd Mar 24

Roadmender Northampton

Northampton

Fri 1st Mar 24

Epic Studios

Norwich

Thu 29th Feb 24

Tramshed Cardiff

Cardiff

Sat 24th Feb 24

Patti Pavillion

Swansea

Fri 23rd Feb 24

CHALK

Brighton

Sat 17th Feb 24

The Great Hall At Priestfield Stadium

Gillingham

Fri 16th Feb 24

The Level

Nottingham

Sat 10th Feb 24

O2 Academy Bristol

Bristol

Fri 9th Feb 24

Old Fire Station

Carlisle

Sat 25th Nov 23

The Flowerpot

Derby

Thu 23rd Nov 23

Elgin Town Hall

Elgin

Fri 27th Oct 23

Rocknrolla's

Paisley

Fri 13th Oct 23

Alloa Town Hall

Alloa

Sat 9th Sep 23

Queen Margaret Union (QMU)

Glasgow

Sat 3rd Jun 23

Aberdeen Music Hall

Aberdeen

Fri 2nd Jun 23

Queens Hall

Edinburgh

Thu 1st Jun 23

Wylam Brewery

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Wed 31st May 23

Roadmendor

Northampton

Sat 27th May 23

Y Plas

Cardiff

Fri 26th May 23

The Cheese And Grain

Frome

Sat 20th May 23

The 1865

Southampton

Fri 19th May 23

The Engine Shed

Lincoln

Sat 13th May 23

The Level

Nottingham

Fri 12th May 23

Islington Assembly Hall

London

Fri 5th May 23

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds

Sat 29th Apr 23

The Foundry Sheffield

Sheffield

Fri 28th Apr 23

The Crossing

Birmingham

Sat 22nd Apr 23

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill On Sea

Fri 21st Apr 23

The Assembly

Leamington Spa

Sat 15th Apr 23

Epic Studios

Norwich

Fri 14th Apr 23

Hangar 34

Liverpool

Sat 8th Apr 23

O2 Ritz

Manchester

Fri 7th Apr 23

Reconnect Regal Theatre

Bathgate

Sat 4th Mar 23

New Parks Social Club

Leicester

Sat 4th Feb 23

The Flowerpot

Derby

Thu 24th Nov 22

St Peter's

Brighton

Wed 3rd Aug 22

Troon Concert Hall

Troon

Sat 30th Jul 22

Leadmill

Sheffield

Fri 6th May 22

MK11 LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Milton Keynes

Fri 1st Apr 22

The Middlesbrough Empire

Middlesbrough

Fri 18th Mar 22

The Empire

Coventry

Fri 18th Mar 22

Brudenell Social Club

Leeds

Thu 17th Mar 22

Boiler Shop

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Wed 16th Mar 22

Glassbox Theatre

Gillingham

Sat 12th Mar 22

The Brook

Southampton

Thu 10th Mar 22

Islington Assembly Hall

London

Wed 9th Mar 22

Dorking Halls

Dorking

Tue 8th Mar 22

Portland House

Cardiff Bay

Sun 6th Mar 22

Chinnerys

Southend On Sea

Sat 5th Mar 22

Chinnerys

Southend On Sea

Sat 5th Mar 22

The Empire

Coventry

Sat 17th Apr 21

Leadmill

Sheffield

Fri 16th Apr 21

Boiler Shop

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Fri 29th Jan 21

Grand Central Hall

Liverpool

Sat 16th Jan 21

Junction

Cambridge

Thu 10th Dec 20

Islington Assembly Hall

London

Sat 5th Dec 20

Fiddlers

Bristol

Fri 4th Dec 20

Troon Concert Hall

Troon

Sun 29th Nov 20

The Middlesbrough Empire

Middlesbrough

Sat 10th Oct 20

Stylus

Leeds

Fri 9th Oct 20

Foundry

Sheffield

Fri 2nd Oct 20

The Empire

Coventry

Fri 11th Sep 20

Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal

Thu 12th Dec 19

The Flowerpot

Derby

Wed 6th Nov 19

The Flowerpot

Derby, Derbyshire

Wed 21st Nov 18