Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, the Levellers have announced a UK headline tour in November and December plus the release of a series of limited-edition coloured vinyl album reissues – to be made available from independent outlets only.
The anniversary celebrations continue following the release of their Top 20 album ‘We The Collective’ earlier this year, which saw the band transform classic tracks into new acoustic arrangements, resulting in their highest chart position in twenty years and widespread critical acclaim. The UK tour at the end of the year will be their full electric show where they will be playing all their hits and live favourites from the last 30 years and follows on from a huge European tour in the Autumn.
From their early gigs in Brighton in the spring of 1988 — in venues such as The Richmond and The Zap — Levellers were a ‘gang band’ that attracted an instant following. Then as now, just like their heroes The Clash, they represented a potent brew of activism and hedonism. Their music appealed to the head, the heart and the feet in equal measure. The self-styled ghetto kings of downside town, Levellers never looked back. And on and on the river flowed.
Over the years Levellers have worn many masks; most self-made, some imposed upon them. Pastoral folk-punks, poster boys for the underdogs, Top of the Pops-bothering pop stars. But while their status has evolved over the decades, the basic humanity underpinning their music has remained constant. Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, their songs became instant anthems.