Win Tickets ($60): Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Crystal Ballroom | Be More Kind World Tour 2018, Folk, Punk, Alternative, Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Crystal Ballroom to on September 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 25.


From our sponsors:
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Be More Kind World Tour 2018
September 6, 2018
6:30 p.m. Doors, 7:30 p.m. Show | All Ages | $27.50 advance, $30 day of show
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon 97209

Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album entitled Be More Kind available on May 4th via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor UK /Interscope Records. The album is available for pre-order HERE and those who pre-order will receive instant downloads of “1933” and the previously released track “There She Is” from the 2017 release Songbook.

Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades. Be More Kind is produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner.

Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from the historical record who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James’ poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. It was from a poem called Leçons Des Ténèbres: “I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late.” “It devastated me the first time I read it,” he says.

Turner and his band, the Sleeping Souls, were on tour in the USA in 2016 “when the world decided to go collectively nuts” and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. “Somewhere in the record, there’s a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album,” Turner says. One of the driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. “You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can’t do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea.”

Turner’s last two records, 2013’s Tape Deck Heart and 2015’s Positive Songs For Negative People, dealt with the fallout from a break-up and saw Turner struggling to cover the cracks in his personal life. Now happily in a relationship and living with his partner and their cat, he again set his sights to the bigger picture. Positive Songs… was cut in nine, intense days whereas Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band.

The first track to be released from Be More Kind is “1933,” a clattering, state-of-the-nation anthem. Furious and direct, it’s inspired by articles Turner saw that suggested the alt-right was punk rock. “That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger,” says Turner. “The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry.”

The Be More Kind World Tour will begin in the UK in April and head to North America on May 31, with its first leg playing to over 200,000 people across the UK, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, taking them through to Christmas. Turner promises that 2019 will include visits to some “slightly more weird and wonderful places.”

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37 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Crystal Ballroom | Be More Kind World Tour 2018, Folk, Punk, Alternative, Country

  1. Joey May 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    Frank Turner is one of the modern greats, and the band always operates at 100%. I’ve seen him open locally for Flogging Molly and Jason Isbell, and I’d love to see him as a headliner.

  2. Jason May 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    I love Frank Turner so much. I’ve seen him open for others but never as a headliner. Would love to get that chance.

  3. Aleks May 30, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Free concert, count me in!

  4. Joseph May 31, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Promise of the real is provided by renaissance man Frank Turner. Count me in!

  5. Puneet May 31, 2018 at 6:05 am #

    I am a fan. He is amazing song writer of our times. would love to have the chance!!

  6. William Longnecker May 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Must. Win. Tickets…

  7. Dave G. May 31, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

    Can I be Frank with you? I’d like to be with Frank…not that way, though!

  8. Margaret H June 1, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    This would be a real treat.

  9. Melissa June 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm #


  10. Joseph June 3, 2018 at 6:18 am #

    I would very much love to jive with this singer’s positivity. Pick me and I’ll make the world a better place.

  11. CoraK June 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    OMG! Frank Turner is my favorite musician!!! Would love to win tix!!!

  12. Paul June 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I’d love a chance to finally see Frank live!

  13. CHRIS MILLER June 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    I really enjoy the song Recovery and I’d like to see him

  14. Cory June 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm #


  15. Mac Hays June 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ll just be getting back from the tail end of wedding season and I’ll need to get down and detox from the “chicken dance” and other pre marital musical atrocities

  16. Riona Abhainn June 6, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    This sounds interesting, it would be fun to win.

  17. Brandi A. June 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

    Frank gets me through bad days!

  18. Victoria Creel Turner June 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    More folk music, less Trump!

  19. panda June 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    turn turn turn

  20. Jasmine June 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    I love Frank Turner, it would be awesome to see him live. I’ve been a fan for years!

  21. Gary S June 12, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    oh, HELL YES!!!

  22. Margaret H June 12, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    ❤️ Frank Turner

  23. Therese Long June 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    Count me in!

  24. seri June 14, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    frank turner is an idol of mine!

  25. William Dollarhide June 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    Would love to take my son to this show!

  26. Matthew June 14, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    I Still Believe.

  27. Linda S June 17, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    Would be. Ice to win those tickets and attend.

  28. Kristen M June 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Frank Turner is awesome! Would love to see this

  29. William Dollarhide June 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    This would be a great “all ages” show I could go to with my son!!

  30. Cory June 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    FT is a soul bro

  31. James June 19, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    Such a great band to see live.

  32. Shelby June 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    I love Frank!

  33. Judy W June 21, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Listening to Frank’s raw emotion would be tantamount to an incredible evening at the Crystal Ballroom.

  34. Marie Fisher June 22, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    Love the melding of these genres – folk, punk, alternative and country!

  35. Glenn B June 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

    I’d like to attend because, well, Frank Turner is awesome!

  36. Riley June 24, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Cause I heart Frank Turner and who doesn’t love free tickets

  37. Tara Keitz June 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    Wouldn’t this be a great little night out on the town!

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