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 Friday, August 31.



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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: crystalballroompdx.com

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

  1. Kevin B August 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    I love Frank Turner, I remember seeing him at the zoo and would love the chance to see him again!

    • KR August 22, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Be kind, great music!

  2. Paul August 2, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Id really love to see this show! Frank is great.

  3. John August 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    I’ve never yet seen Frank. Here’s hoping that changes this time.

  4. Dave G. August 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Can I be a Frank with you! You could be Ernest…

  5. James August 2, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    Such a great live band. Thanks for the opportunity

  6. Scott Pierce August 2, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    Great show, I would love to win.

  7. seri August 4, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    love frank turner! never seen him live before! would like to!

  8. Scott R Worthington August 7, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    i met Frank Turner at Music Millennium, would love to catch a full on show!

  9. Cora August 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

    Frank sings mine & my hubby’s song! Would love to win tix and have a date night.

  10. Scott August 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    Would love to have a chance to see Frank!

  11. Trent S August 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    Hey I’m getting on my feet here in Portland so in the mean time it’d be great to get to go to a show and experience a new band like they should be experienced, (at least for the first time), live.

  12. Linda S August 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    I saw Frank once and would enjoying seeing him again

  13. Christopher August 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Never had the chance to see Frank and his band, but I will now.

  14. Riona Abhainn August 14, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    Folk/punk sounds fun and the idea of the album sounds timely and very important, because Portland could definitely learn to be more kind. I would really enjoy getting to go.

  15. Luise Willson August 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Would love a chance to see Frank Turner. Four Simple Words is the song that is me!

  16. Bing August 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Grand Master Turner will wake my soul!

  17. Luise W August 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    Would love to see Frank Turner. Four Simple Words is me!

  18. poppy August 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    Be Kind keep me in Mind!

  19. Puneet August 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    I would love to see this show!

  20. Jasmine Jay-Bonn August 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

    I <3 Frank Turner! It would be great to see this show.

  21. Byron C August 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    I haven’t seen Frank Turner live – I’d love to go.

  22. Ariana Overton August 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    I need me some Frank Jams!

  23. Glenn B August 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    I would love to take my wife to see Frank Turner. Concerts are our happy place!

  24. Michael August 27, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve never seen FT… I’ve always wanted to!

  25. Shelby August 28, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    I love Frank!

  26. Margaret H August 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Love Frank Turner and strive to be kind.

  27. Evan David August 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    I’m so ready to see this show…

  28. Caitlin August 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    His voice and lyrics comfort my soul!

  29. Elizabeth August 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Love Frank Turner, and my husband and I need more concerts in our life!

  30. Jamie August 29, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Sounds like a nice show!

  31. K Todd August 30, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    I want to ride this Be More Kind train!!! Would YOU would be so KIND as to pick me??

  32. K Todd August 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    YES!! Be More KIND!!! Would YOU would be so KIND as to pick me??

  33. Nicholas LeMon August 31, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    Never seen him
    And what a venue for it!

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