OK, OK, the timing wasn’t absolutely spot on, but lovers of anthemic pure pop were surely tickled of tastebud when The Lottery Winners released their self-titled first album right as the virus tore through.
That didn’t stop ’em; vocalist and guitarist Thom Rylance, bassist and vocalist Katie Lloyd, guitarist Robert Lally and drummer Joe Singleton kept going from theirGreater Manchester, they continued to fill the world with their own brand of musical colour with online performances, events and new releases.
And today they’re going for the full-on, sunshine festival anthem of “Times Are Changing”, the first single from their freshly announced second album, Something To Leave The House For; a soundtrack to hugging old friends, the rebirth of live music and festivals, festivals, festivals … more of which below.
“If something so bleak and harrowing can hit us all, totally out of the blue, and change our lives, then by definition that must mean that something beautiful can too,” says Katie, reflective but ready to party.
Their new album, 14 tracks in all, is due on Modern Sky UK on Friday, September 24th, and promises to document the tumultuous times and the path back from despair in optimistic, radio-friendly pop.
Oh yeah … festivals? Well, the four-piece have a rescheduled UK tour to look forward to in the autumn, which now comes both bookended by and peppered with festival appearances pretty much the length and breadth of it, as they say. The full itinerary is as follows:
Saturday, June 12th, Manchester, O2 Academy (socially distanced show);
Friday, June 25th, Sheffield, Tramlines Festival;
Saturday, June 30th, Kendal, Kendal Calling;
Friday, August 6th, Horncastle, Beyond The Woods Festival;
Friday, August 13th, Whitehaven, The Boof Festival;
Saturday, August 14th, Cardiff Castle, supporting Kaiser Chiefs;
Sunday, August 22nd, Ottery St Mary, Beautiful Days Festival;
Friday, August 27th, Portsmouth, Victorious Festival;
Sunday, August 29th, Bolton, Food and Drink Festival;
Wednesday, September 1st, Brighton, The Prince Albert;
Thursday, September 2nd, Southampton, Joiners;
Friday, September 3rd, Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon;
Saturday, September 4th, Lancaster, Highest Point Festival;
Sunday, September 5th, Nottingham, Bodega;
Tuesday, September 7th, Bristol, Thekla;
Wednesday, September 8th, Leeds, The Key Club;
Thursday, September 9th, Blackpool, Bootleg Social;
Friday, September 10th, Wigan, The Boulevard;
Saturday, September 11th, Stoke, The Sugarmill;
Friday, September 17th, Manchester, Food and Drink Festival;
Saturday, September 18th, London, The Roundhouse, supporting Frank Turner;
Wednesday, September 22nd; Milton Keynes, Crauford Arms;
Thursday, September 23rd, London, Oslo;
Saturday, September 25th, Manchester, The Ritz;
Thursday, September 30th, Sheffield, The Leadmill;
Saturday, October 2nd, Liverpool, Sound City;
Saturday, October 9th, Stockton-on-Tees, NE Volume;
Friday, October 22nd, Macclesfield, Suburban Hymns Festival (main stage);
Saturday, October 23rd, Newcastle, Hit the North Festival (main stage), and
Saturday, December 11th, Birmingham, Sonic Wave Festival (main stage).
Remaining tickets for all dates and are available at the band’s at website; and via their social media; it looks like there might be even more dates in the wings, too!
The Lottery Winners’ “Times Are Changing” is out now on all digital streaming platforms and is taken from their forthcoming second album, Something To Leave The House For.
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