This autumn national treasures Squeeze visit Oxford and Bath on ‘The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook Tour’ to raise awareness for the Trussell Trust food bank network.
The South London legends will be bringing scintillating live performances to the UK again in 2019 featuring support from special guests Heaven 17, playing not just the hits, but also rarities that span their 45-year career both as Squeeze and solo artists.
Glenn Tillbrook said: “I am over the moon to be touring with Squeeze and raising donations for the Trussell Trust. We’ve had something of a renaissance in the last few years, and look forward to this continuing.”
Tillbrook is not a stranger to touring in the name of charity, having previously raised food funds for the Trussel Trust on his tour with Wilko Johnson as well as on his solo tours. He said: “I’ve been so humbled and moved by the generosity and compassion of the people coming to the gigs and donating.
“It’s disgraceful that in 2019 people can’t afford to put even the most basic food on the table. So far, more than 1.5 tonnes of food has been raised for those that need it, and I can’t wait to see how much we can achieve when Squeeze tour later in the year.”
With two critically acclaimed albums in the past four years and smashing the headline slots of numerous UK festivals, Squeeze have seen their tours sell out across the UK, the US and Australia.
‘Take Me I’m Yours’ – their first release in 1978 blasted Squeeze into the forefront of the UK music scene establishing Difford and Tilbrook as a prolific song writing duo. With follow up hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Goodbye Girl’, “Pulling Mussels From The Shell”, “Tempted”, and more, Squeeze proved themselves as not just a passing footnote in New Wave history, but as an important part of quintessential British music.
Chris Difford adds “I feel excited about the tour. It’s a great band full of dedicated, hardworking, passionate people and we have a fabulous catalogue of songs to dip in and out of, so I feel completely blessed.
“Like Glenn I can’t wait to see what can be achieved at our shows in the UK this autumn. Glenn very much inspired this idea [to support the food banks] and it beggars belief that people in this day and age have to feed themselves from a food bank. I can’t wait to strap on the electric guitar again and sing the songs that got me where I am today.”
At all venues there will be multiple food drop points and collection boxes, where audiences can donate non-perishable food or money. Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust food bank.
Food banks provide a minimum of three-days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible audience members are asked to check with local food banks to see what supplies are currently needed.
- Fri 25 – Oxford New Theatre
- Wed 30 – Bath Forum
- Tue 12 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
- Wed 13 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
- Sun 17 – Reading Hexagon
The Trussel Trust: www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/