Win Tickets ($94): Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Bow Wow Wow, The Plimsouls, DJ Gregarious

We are giving you another chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey @ Crystal Ballroom on June 26. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 17.


From our sponsors:
Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Bow Wow Wow
The Plimsouls
DJ Gregarious
June 26, 2024
6:30PM Doors 8PM Show | $42.50 ADV, $47 Doors | 21+
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The classic ‘artist biog’ traditionally takes a strictly linear path. Year by year, album after album. But that wouldn’t do Tom Bailey justice. Bailey’s creative past, present and future can’t be plotted along a straight line. It’s a prism, with dub, pop and world influences at each corner.

The pop element is his most well-known and comes back into play in 2018 with a brand new album, Science Fiction. It arrives just over 25 years after Play With Me, the last single by the Thompson Twins, which sat alongside tracks by Bowie, Eno and Moby on the soundtrack to 1992’s Cool World. The previous decade of course, had seen the Thompson Twins rise from squat-based free-form indie anarchy – with 1981’s Set and ’82’s A Product Of… – to world domination, with a set at Live Aid backed by Nile Rodgers and Madonna. They had 7 top 40 hits in the US and 10 in the UK with another 4 top 40 hits in the US Dance Chart including 2 No1’s with ‘Lies’ and ‘Hold Me Now’ and over 10 million album sales worldwide.

Those singles tell a unique story: Tom accessing early synths; being so taken aback by the possibilities they offered; the Twins shifting from band to project as a result; where as much creativity – thanks to his two accomplices in the classic trio line-up, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway – was poured into design, video and production as it was into everything else. It was that ethos that meant no group other than the Thompson Twins could possibly have released an anti-ballad as captivating as Hold Me Now, or an anti-drugs song as danceable as Don’t Mess with Doctor Dream.

“People accuse the Thompson Twins of being saccharine because we were so poppy,” Tom recalls. “But we headed in that direction consciously – we turned ourselves into cartoon characters for God’s sake! – so it doesn’t get more superficial on the surface. But we were doing things for real, for sure. Everything we did, we did because we felt seriously about it.”




  1. Mike on June 3, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Tom Bailey is my favorite musical artist of all time.

  2. Brian on June 4, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Thompson Twins, Bow Wow Wow, and The Plimsouls since I was a teenager. Never seen any of the three of them. This would be amazing!

  3. Ana on June 4, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    I’d love to see this show!

  4. David on June 4, 2024 at 8:46 pm

    I am entering this contest, because “I feel serious about it”…

  5. CR on June 5, 2024 at 2:04 am

    Plimsouls! Love that band!

  6. Tracy on June 9, 2024 at 9:04 am

    What a night this would be!! Great music🎶🎶🎶

  7. Heather Weigel on June 10, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    I normally don’t enter contests, but this would be an awesome surprise to take my sister. We both have been going through a lot of personal issues and this would be a much-needed release. I was in middle school, and she was in high school when these bands were popular. We both would really enjoy it!

  8. Paul on June 11, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Would love to see these bands! Not to mention it’s my birthday month…

  9. Heidi on June 11, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    I would love to take my husband to this!

  10. Steve Russell on June 11, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    This would be worth losing a nights sleep to see.

  11. John Thomas on June 11, 2024 at 6:55 pm

    Wow that would be rad

  12. Michelle Blake on June 11, 2024 at 10:02 pm

    I would love to win tickets!

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