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Billy Bragg - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


Wed 21 Nov 2018, 8:00pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018, 8:00pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 8:00pm

Where: The Hollywood Avondale, 20 St Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland

Restrictions: R18


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Listed by: Great Things

Handsome Tours is proud to announce the return of Billy Bragg to New Zealand for a trilogy of Auckland-only solo shows at the intimate Hollywood Avondale this November.

Entitled “One Step Forward. Two Steps Back.”, these three unique performances will trace Bragg’s career from its humble beginnings to the present day.

Tickets on sale, Fri 13 Sept.

21st Nov: Current Billy Bragg Set

22nd Nov:
- Songs From First Three Albums
- ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy’ (1983)
- ‘Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984)’
- ‘Talking with the Taxman about Poetry’ (1986)

23rd Nov:
- Songs From Second Three Albums
- ‘Workers Playtime’ (1988)
- ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ (1991)
- ‘William Bloke’ (1996)

The first performance on Wednesday 21st November will comprise of Billy Bragg’s current set, including 35 years of his most beloved works.

The second performance on Thursday 22nd November will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk-charged debut ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy’ (1983), its similarly utilitarian follow-up ‘Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984)’ and “the difficult third album”, ‘Talking with the Taxman about Poetry’ (1986).

The third performance on Friday 23rd November will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled ‘Workers Playtime’ (1988), pop classic ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ (1991) and the back-to-basics ‘William Bloke’ (1996)

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. Politicised by a Tory government operating without love or justice, this previously adrift young man from Barking, whose failure at the eleven-plus had reduced his career opportunities to two, bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 (‘the best £175 I ever spent’), determined to make a living out of song.

Don’t miss the orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’, Billy Bragg, across three extraordinary evenings in Auckland.

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