Levellers heading to Sheffield with Greatest Hits tour

The Levellers are, from left, bassist Jeremy Cunningham, drummer Charlie Heather, singer Mark Chadwick, Matt Savage on keyboards, guitarist Simon Friend and fiddler Jon Sevink.
The Levellers are, from left, bassist Jeremy Cunningham, drummer Charlie Heather, singer Mark Chadwick, Matt Savage on keyboards, guitarist Simon Friend and fiddler Jon Sevink.

Everyone’s favourite ‘crusty’ band are back on the road – and heading back to Sheffield.

After a triumphant headline show Under the Big Top in Graves Park last summer, the Levellers are heading back to the Steel City as part of a European Greatest Hits tour.

The Brighton rockers released their second greatest hits album earlier this year – compiled by the band themselves.

The double-CD set features more than 30 tracks, including all the band’s singles together for the first time, from 1989’s Carry Me to last year’s Recruiting Sergeant, as well as top-20 hits such as 15 Years, This Garden, Julie and Hope St.

Guest performers on the album include Imelda May, Bellowhead and Billy Bragg

And the band have now hit the road to promote the album – ‘performing some of the songs for the first time in many years’.
Speaking just before the tour started, Levellers frontman Mark Chadwick said: “It’s going to be a well-tailored set and we’ve been doing a lot of work on the production.

“There are things we did over the years we forgot we did, and we’re going to bring those back into the set.

“We’ve just got to make it spectacular, a proper rock’n’roll spectacle show.”

Support comes from legendary 2 Tone ska revival band The Selecter, who headlined Tramlines, Sheffield’s urban music festival, last year, and Bristol solo artist Laura Kidd, performing as She Makes War.

n Levellers play Sheffield’s 02 Academy on Thursday. 
For tickets, priced from £22.50, visit www.o2academysheffield.co.uk