“Their music flows with a groove and swagger built on those post-industrial bass lines but still dripping with melody…They could be the best young band in Britain right now” - Louder Than War 

With their debut album ‘Columbia’ dropping on September 21st, The Blinders have announced they will follow the release with an extensive UK headline tour throughout October and November. The 22-date tour, The Blinders second headline tour of 2018, kicks off in their adopted hometown of Manchester at Academy 2 on October 15th and includes a show at London’s The Garage on November 7th. The fast-rising alt-rock trio, whose current single ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’ has been playlisted at 6Music, played sold-out shows in London and Manchester last week.



Mon 15 Manchester Academy 2

Tues 16 Newcastle The Cluny

Thurs 18 Hull The Adelphi

Fri 19  Cardiff SWN Festival

Sat 20 Cardiff SWN Festival

Mon 22 Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill

Tues 23 Birmingham The Castle & Falcon

Weds 24 Nottingham Bodega

Thurs 25 Derby The Venue

Fri 26 Sheffield Plug

Sun 28 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Mon 29 Liverpool Buyers Club

Tues 30 Aberdeen, Drummonds


Thurs 1 Preston The Ferret

Fri 2 York The Crescent

Sat 3 Lincoln 2Q Festival

Mon 5 Oxford The Bullingdon

Tues 6 Cambridge The Portland Arms

Weds 7 London The Garage

Fri 9 Southampton Heartbreakers

Sat 10 Brighton The Haunt

Sun 11 Bristol Thekla

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‘Columbia’ is bracingly thrilling debut which firmly places The Blinders at the vanguard of a new generation of politically engaged British guitar bands. Loosely based around the concept of Columbia as “an alternate world informed by reality”, on the album The Blinders display a ferocious intelligence, as influenced by history, literature and art as they are by Britain’s current political and economic woes. As well as ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’ – “a delirious indie stomper with a heart of gold” CLASH – the album contains previous single ‘Gotta Get Though’, which spent five weeks at No.1 at Amazing Radio.

The Blinders are Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals, word), Charlie McGough (bass guitar), and Matthew Neale (drums, backing vocals). Growing up in Doncaster, the trio met at school and were originally inspired by local heroes Arctic Monkeys, though for ‘Columbia’, which was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton, they draw on influences as diverse as The Smiths, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kanye West.

Now based in Manchester, The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.

After a series of support tours and 2017 Festival appearances including Reading & Leeds, Isle Of Wight, and TRMSMT, The Blinders undertook their debut headline tour in February. Earlier this month they supported Cabbage (who called them the “best band in the country right now”) at their all-day festival at Manchester’s Ritz, and drew a huge crowd at the Neighbourhood Weekender festival. They play Kendal Calling festival on July 28th, with more UK Festival appearances to be announced shortly.





1. Gotta Get Through

2. L’Etat C’Est Moi

3. Hate Song

4. Where No Man Comes

5. Free The Slaves

6. I Can’t Breathe Blues

7. Ballad Of Winston Smith

8. Et Tu

9. Brutus

10. Brave New World

11. Rat In A Cage

12. Orbit


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