In fact, every year they sell all 17, tickets to their own festival — the proudly sponsorship-free and affordable Beautiful Days, in Devon — and have notched up seven Top 40 albums and 14 Top 40 singles. There was a period when the Levellers were the most popular indie band in Britain — their performance at Glastonbury was reckoned to have drawn the biggest crowd the festival had seen. Instead of talking about drugs and girls, we were talking about their lives. The contempt of the press irritated the Levellers. When one NME critic gave their album Levelling the Land a kicking, Cunningham responded — prefiguring Sharon Osbourne — by sending him a piece of human excrement. So Chadwick took charge, ripping the TV from the wall, pulling out the cabling and dispensing the lot on to the street below. But he never showed up as a witness, so I got away with it. The Levellers, by their own admission, were a creation of Margaret Thatcher.
Levellers release poignant new track ‘Our Future’
The band decided they wanted to do something a bit different with their back catalogue to kick off celebrations for their 30th anniversary year in They brought in a string section and enlisted legendary producer John Leckie Radiohead, Stone Roses to help develop new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles including Liberty, Hope Street and One Way which they recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. You can Pre-order all formats including signed copies now from our online store. The Levellers head out on an Acoustic Tour in the spring. They will be playing the new acoustic arrangements with guest musicians starting in Glasgow at Celtic Connections festival. They will play at the Roundhouse in London for the first time as part of the In The Round festival as well as at a number of theatres and concert halls around the country. All shows and links to buy here. Please visit www. Music News.
The band were among the most popular indie bands in Britain in the early s, and headlined at the Glastonbury Festival in , where they performed on The Pyramid Stage to the festival's record crowd, which numbered , people. This is a record which stands to this day. The band was formed with Mark Chadwick on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremy Cunningham on bass guitar, and Charlie Heather on drums. Jon Sevink, the brother of Chadwick's girlfriend, was brought in to play the fiddle. Chadwick's flatmate "Bucky" was brought in to play the guitar, but lost interest after a few months. A group of fans known as the "happy hitchers" would hitch-hike around the country, following the band while they were on tour.
It could be a reference to a disappearing value. It could be a sneering statement of irony. It could be a cry for calm in a crazed world. It could mean whatever you want it to mean. Peace is the most relevant album of Its 11 electrifying songs are a charged reaction to a world that seems to be teetering on the edge of madness and self-destruction. While a string of global crises have played out in the news, there have been more personal traumas and battles to overcome at home. All the internal and external turmoil helped give the album a focus.