Review + Photography by Kat Storey

Frank Turner is definitely an old favourite of mine, so when I spotted he was bringing his unique brand of folk-punk to Coventry, I jumped at the chance to go and see him again. Fresh off the Glastonbury stage, he came to Coventry to help raise money for Way Out Arts, an arts programme in Sierra Leone that changes the lives of street, vulnerable, and conflict affected young people through the arts. It’s a very worthy cause, so go check it out!

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To support him in this fundraiser, he brought along Jessica Guise who, after a couple of songs displaying her superb talent and comfort on the stage, introduced herself as none other than Frank’s Fiance. Jessica may have joked about nepotism, but her talent more than stood up for itself. I enjoyed her melodic acoustic set and it fit in very well with the evening’s entertainment.

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The second support was Johnny Lloyd, former Tribes frontman, now going solo with another acoustic set very reminiscent of Bob Dylan. He’s also just stepped off the stage at Glastonbury before high-tailing it over to coventry for the fundraiser.

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Frank Turner’s set was a little different to those we’re used to. His band, the sleeping souls, were given the night off so we were treated to a very intimate, acoustic set, just Frank and his guitar. What else, you could argue, could you even wish for?

He blasted through some old classics like Long Live the Queen, mixed up with newer favourites like the very politically relevant 1933 with his own brand of folk flair, enhanced by the acoustic atmosphere. He’s also, if you didn’t know, just on the cusp of releasing his newest album, No Man’s Land, all about famous women in history (and his mum). Each song on the new album is also being released alongside a podcast all about these amazing women. We were treated to a couple of these new songs along the way and If I was looking forward to the new album before, I’m very excited now!

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Everybody at the show appreciated the acoustic change of pace, and there was such a friendly vibe there. It was definitely a very special performance and an absolute treat for Frank Turner fans.

So, if you don’t know who Frank Turner is, go forth and find his music, he is a very intelligent songwriter with poetry and punk at the heart. Make sure you check out his new album, No Man’s Land, and catch one of his shows – he never disappoints.

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Don’t Worry
Recovery
Long Live the Queen
1933
The Next Storm
I Am Disappeared
Sister Rosetta
Be More Kind
The Way I Tend to Be
If Ever I Stray
Mr. Richards
Little Changes
How It Began
The Ballad of Me and My Friends
Demons
Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
The Road
Photosynthesis
Get Better
I Still Believe
Polaroid Picture

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