Wilko Johnson and Glenn Tilbrook support local foodbanks on UK tour
Squeeze frontman and co-founder Glenn Tilbrook will join Wilko Johnson on the UK leg of Wilko’s upcoming tour dates, starting on February 28th 2019. The special guest dates with Wilko will run either side of Glenn’s own headline shows.
At both his solo shows and on the Wilko Johnson tour Glenn will be promoting awareness of, and donations for, The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports a network of foodbanks around the UK. At most venues, there will be food drop points and collection boxes, and Glenn will also be donating all profits from his merchandise, including an exclusive four track EP, to the organisation.
In a statement, Tilbrook said “it is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table… Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need.
He added: “Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate. On the 3rd September 1975 – Squeeze opened for Dr Feelgood at St Albans Civic Hall. They were the only band I’d ever seen besides us, who were doing short concise songs and hitting you between the eyes. They blew my mind. I’m so happy to be doing this tour with Wilko and his extremely talented band and am pleased he has accommodated support for The Trussell Trust on this tour.”
Wilko followed that up by adding: “It is good to be on the same bill as Glenn again – we both come from the same milieu and I’m sure that it will be a great show. I’m happy to be supporting the Trussell Trust on this tour and to help raise awareness about the important work that they do.”
Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust foodbank. The service that foodbanks provide is 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 foodbanks to see what supplies are currently needed.
Tour dates Special Guests with Wilko Johnson February 28th – Opera House, Buxton
March 1st – Parr Hall, Warrington 2nd – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 8th – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend 9th – Engine Rooms, Southampton 10th – Alban Arena, St Albans 13th – The Robin, Wolverhampton 14th – Picturedrome, Holmfirth 15th – Opera House, Newcastle
April 11th – Yarm Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Stockton 12th – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh 13th – Fibbers, York 25th – Junction, Cambridge 26th – Tramshed, Cardiff 27th – Town Hall, Cheltenham
Glenn Tilbrook Solo Tour March 16th – The Grand, Clitheroe 21st – St Mary Magdalene Church, Cobham 22nd – Revelation, Ashford 23rd – The Pavilion, Hailsham 28th – Komedia, Bath 29th – Acapela, Cardiff 31st – St Mary’s Parish Church, Kingskerswell
April 2nd The Wharf, Tavistock 3rd – Lighthouse, Poole 5th – St John The Evangelist Church, Oxford