Seminal British anarchic folk band celebrate their career with a film and very special tour
Described by John Robb as, “The brilliant and heart-warming tale of a dysfunctional band”, ‘A Curious Life’ is a film about the Levellers and their unique career.
Told through the unique perspective of Jeremy Cunningham, the band’s bass player and artist, and directed by former Chumbawamba frontman Dunstan Bruce, the film focuses on the Levellers phenomenal success between 1988 and 1998 before nearly disintegrating in a train wreck of drink, drugs and creative drought.
However, despite reaching their lowest ebb, the band never split up and after a few years in the wilderness they re-invented themselves as a self-managing collective with their own studio, label and Beautiful Days festival, and in the process became unexpected survivors of the UK’s famously fickle music industry.
Funny, warm and highly entertaining, ‘A Curious Life’ is, in Dunstan’s own words, “A potted journey through 25 years of subsidised dysfunctionalism; an uplifting tale of battling demons that reminds us that behind every band there is a story of struggle for expression, acceptance and survival.”
Each screening of the film will then be followed by a full live acoustic gig by the band themselves, who will be performing acoustic arrangements of songs from their recently released Greatest Hits, alongside many other live favourites from across their 27 year career.
LEVELLERS – A CURIOUS LIFE TOUR 2015
28th SALISBURY City Hall
29th PONTARDAWE Arts Centre
30th MALVERN Forum Theatre
31st DUBLIN St Patricks Cathedral*
1st CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre
24th ISLE OF WIGHT Shanklin Theatre
25th BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
26th LONDON Union Chapel
27th LEEDS Town Hall
28th BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
1st WARWICK Arts Centre
3rd NORTHAMPTON Derngate
4th BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
5th BUXTON Opera House
6th LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
7th BATH Forum
*Acoustic gig only
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