Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Squeeze Launch Their Pop Up Shop & Announce New Songs Prior To Brighton Dome Appearance

Squeeze unveiled their Pop Up Shop, “a combination of new songs and technology, of musicianship and experience,” a unique idea that their Brighton fans will be able to take advantage of at the Domenext month.


With music consumers who still cry out for music in the old fashioned sense - that they can touch, and feel – whilst existing in an industry where the outlets for the physical product are diminishing, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford will be taking their Pop Up Shop on the road.

Thirty-five years after their first record release they are embracing technology to ensure that they remain as relevant and accessible as ever.

At the end of each of the 22 nights of the tour Glenn and Chris will move from the stage to the Pop Up Shop, performing as they go.



Fans will then be able to buy a recording of that night’s show which will include new Squeeze songs.

Glenn said: 'When Squeeze signed to a major label in 1978 the phrase they used to describe our first album was 'A Giant Step Sideways'. That world no longer exists and I definitely don't mourn its passing.

“I love the opportunities and surprises thrown up by the digital age and the fading away of the major labels. Being able to innovate and take control of our own destiny is something I could only have dreamt of back then.

“So this Pop Up Shop tour is where we're at now... a combination of new songs and technology, of musicianship and experience that make this tour for Squeeze 'A Giant Step Forward'.”



To develop the shop Chris and Glenn are working closely with Sandbag, a merchandise company who only source ethical products which is an important factor for the band. 

“With the traditional record label no longer relevant for us, our relationship with the merchandisers is increasingly important in order to help us deliver quality products for our fans” explains Glenn.

Fans will be delighted to hear that Glenn and Chris have been writing new material, the first in 14 years, and that these songs will be available at the shows.

Chris added: "It's taken a long time to get ourselves back to the writing table, mainly because we've been touring our greatest hits packages in the UK and in the States. Time for new material, and things have moved on.

“Glenn now co writes the lyrics and as before produces the music in his South London studio. Simon Hanson, John Bentley, Lord Large are the backbone of the lineup.

“The tour and album will prove I hope that we can move with the times and use our imaginations to sell our songs.

“I'm looking forward to next year and holding the old fashioned version of the new album in my hands, but for the meantime we are tooled up like travelling sales men and going on the road with new songs and our live show. See you at the Pop Up Shop.”


Squeeze play Brighton Dome on Wednesday 29th November. See brightondome.org for more details.

by: Mike Cobley



Related links

Squeeze Brighton Dome

Share    


City Reads is all about the pleasure of sharing books and stories  - and let's face it - Brighton & Hove is a very bookish city.  

Brighton's British Sea Power are set to release their first new material in four years. Melodic, direct and brimming with emotional urgency, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is an album where rock muscularity joins inseparably with pop immediacy like a crate of the finest sparkling wine exploding inside a Marshall stack. 

Brighton played its part in the recent national One Day Without Us campaign, a solidarity movement for migrants facing uncertainty over their rights following the referendum vote to withdraw Britain's membership of the European Union.

City Reads returns with a stunning debut novel, from a British Asian writer, that is both relevant and important. The Handsworth Times is a book for our times - and should be read by everyone who believes in society.

Count Arthur Strong, who made Komedia in Garnder Street his home, will, following the successful transfer to TV in his own sitcom, grace the stage of Theatre Royal Brighton, this spring.

Ricky Gervais has had a busy couple of years with a mockumentary comedy feature filmDavid Brent: Life On The Road - 2016 also marked the debut album release of David Brent & Foregone Conclusion.

The Kemptown Carnival will be taking a year off in 2017 to fundraise and restructure the community group that runs it, with a view to staging the next Carnival in 2018.


The full programme for Brighton Festival 2017 - the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England - has been unveiled with the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest as Guest Director. 

Husband and wife team, Emma and Ross Murray, are taking on the Brighton Marathon this April to raise money to find a cure for children with Duchenne.

The Dance Space, which is due for completion in 2019, will be an iconic new centre for dance in the heart of Brighton & Hove and will provide much-needed space for professional dancers and the local community to enjoy dance. 

Following on from the recent announcements that jazz legends George Benson and Herbie Hancock are lined up to perform at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, the next wave of acts confirmed for the event.
We Are Ian - Credit Matt Austin

Komedia Brighton has launched their May 2017 Festival programme, with tickets for over one hundred performances now on sale. 
Image (c) John Ingham 1977

Cartoon punks or just plain loveable rogues with an ear for a melody and a patent acquired on goodtime punk ‘n' roll?

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd