New single Sirens and an accompanying EP is out today as a digital download. The tracks can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon online stores below:
Watch The Rainband perform a rip-roaring 15 minute set before the Man City v Wigan FA Cup Quarter Final at The Etihad Stadium. The set included new single Sirens and previous 2 single releases World We Seek and Fire. There was a very special appearance from BBC’s Ian Cheesman on tambourine.
This Sunday we make our 3rd performance at Man City’s Etihad Stadium, playing live at City Square before the FA Cup tie between Man City and Wigan Athletic. It’s the bands first performance of the upcoming Sirens tour. Be part of it!
We’re pleased to announce the 11 date Sirens tour this coming March and April. The new tour will promote the latest release Sirens and the accompanying EP. Tickets can be purchased through the Tour menu on this site
London – 19 March – Royal Holloway University
Hull – 20 Mar – O’Riley’s
Manchester – 21 Mar – Band on the Wall
Paisley – 27 Mar – Paisley University
Glasgow – 28 Mar – Pivo Pivo
Kendal – 29 Mar – The Brewery
Derby – 02 Apr – The Victoria Inn
Audlem – 03 Apr – Lord Combermere
Preston – 04 Apr – 53 degrees
Walsall – 05 Apr – The Wharf bar
Liverpool – 06 Apr – Lomax
Today’s gig at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium was something else. There’s no better feeling than playing to our hometown crowd and helping another great cause along the way. Nice to throw in a couple of cheeky Christmas numbers too! We’re in the studio next week to record new single Sirens. A great end to another great year for us.
Thank you all
Due to circumstances beyond our control, which led to changes to the agreed schedule by The View and their tour management, it’s with regret we have had to cancel our participation in the 4 UK dates arranged with The View this week. The View and their management have put us in an extremely difficult position. Despite being booked as main support for the North of England dates The View have, at the twelfth hour, rescinded on this agreement.
We are fully aware that the Manchester date is only one of two sell outs on the Views European tour in part due only to our name being second on the bill. We never want to disappoint our fans coming to these gigs and have worked long and hard over the last week to come to a compromise with The View and their management. Their stance is clear. They don’t want us at the shows unless we go on at 7.30pm before another support act. This is a tough one for us to take as we gave up our own end of year show to do these dates. For the past 2 years we have generated crowds of 1000+ at The Ritz Manchester. We took on the View dates to branch out to a new crowd. Their management knew with our name on the Manchester date and the others in the area the shows would sell well. This has indeed been the case.
It was a shock to us to find out all the above during last weeks Dublin show. All the correspondence preceding the gig in Ireland showed clearly we were due on at 8.30pm before The View. We even took the ferry across with our tour bus (at a substantial cost to us) to supply, in good faith, our backline to the other support act. Only at the twelfth hour did they deny us the pre arranged agreement.
We have asked that any fans coming to see us at these shows should be entitled to a full refund. The View and their management have denied this too. We are left only to ‘tell it like it is’ in this statement. Their management threatened that this will ‘look bad on us’. We can only tell the truth.
Finally we will therefore be announcing a special one off performance in Manchester which will be free for anyone who brings along their View tickets from Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool or Preston.
The Rainband’s ‘Fire Tour 2013’ is well under way but leaves these shores after the Shildon date on 22.11.13 for the long drive south through Europe taking in France, Switzerland and Italy. Tour dates are below:
The UK and European ‘Fire’ Tour began in Manchester last week, continuing with dates in Glasgow, Hull and Dundee this weekend. On the way through to Hull the band had the pleasure of stopping off at BBC Leeds to record a live acoustic session on Alan Raw’s BBC Introducing West Yorkshire programme. You can listen to the full 15 minute interview on our Soundcloud link below. 2 songs were recorded, an intimate version of ‘Fire’ plus live favorite ‘Two Ways, Two Seas’ which appears on the 5 track ‘Fire EP’.