From their early gigs in Brighton in the spring of 1988 — in venues such as The Richmond and The Zap — Levellers were a ‘gang band’ that attracted an instant following. Then as now, just like their heroes The Clash, they represented a potent brew of activism and hedonism. Their music appeals to the head, the heart and the feet in equal measure.
Over the years Levellers have worn many masks; most self-made, some imposed upon them. Pastoral folk-punks, poster boys for the underdogs, Top of the Pops-bothering pop stars. But while their status has evolved over the decades, the basic humanity underpinning their music has remained constant. Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, their songs became instant anthems. Over their career, they’ve had seven Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, and 14 Top 40 singles. Their landmark 1991 album, Levelling the Land, spent 38 weeks in the Top 100 album charts.
And now they’re back to celebrate a whopping 30 years, with new album We the Collective, featuring re-worked classics and brand new songs. Levellers will be playing their full electric show at Doune the Rabbit Hole, before they head out to Europe to start their 30 Years – One Way of Life tour.
Day: Sunday, 21:20 – 22:30