Sturgill Simpson announces Manchester O2 Ritz gig

Manchester gigs - Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson has announced a series of European dates including three UK shows and will perform at Manchester’s O2 Ritz.

The Grammy Award winner will be touring with his full band following the release of new album Sound & Fury.  The album is accompanied by a Netflix anime film which will be released on 27 September.

The album and film have been preceded by lead single Sing Along.  The track has already garnered huge support and is accompanied by a video directed by Japanese anime legend Jumpei Mizusaki.  The video offers a preview of the upcoming film which is set entirely to music from the album.

Sound & Fury was recorded by Simpson largely at the McGuire Motor Inn in Michigan.  It is co-produced by bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, Miles Miller as well as Grammy nominee John Hill.  The album, which Sturgill Simpson describes as a “sleazy steamy rock n roll record” sees Simpson departing from the sound of 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.

Merging American rock music and Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way, Sound & Fury the film, was produced and based on a story by Simpson entitled Sound & Fury.  Featuring some of the biggest names in the genre, the film was written and directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, founder of renowned animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film, “Batman Ninja,” while Takashi Okazaki, creator of Japanese manga series ‘Afro Samurai,’ served as the film’s character designer. Additional directors include Koji Morimoto of Phy (‘AKIRA’) / Griot Groove, Michael Arias (‘Tekkonkinkreet’), Masaru Matsumoto of Grayscale Arts (‘Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars’), Henry Thurlow and Arthell Isom of D’ART Shtajio (‘Indigo Ignited, XOgenaSYS’). Shunsuke Ochiai is co-executive producer. Hiroaki Takeuchi is production executive (‘The Animatrix’)

Sound & Fury is Simpson’s fourth full length release

When does Sturgill Simpson headline at Manchester’s O2 Ritz?

Sturgill Simpson headlines at the O2 Ritz Manchester on 29 January 2020.  The Manchester gig is one of three UK shows he is performing:
28 January   –   London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
29 January   –   Manchester, O2 Ritz
31 January   –   Glasgow, Fruitmarket

When do tickets for Sturgill Simpson’s UK tour dates go on sale?

Tickets for Sturgill Simpson’s UK tour dates go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 September.

Mark Kelly

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