Joy Formidable start US tour

By |March 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Read Adam Walton’s excellent tour blog, ‘A couple of months ago, I got into work on a Saturday evening to find the following e-mail in my inbox:

Hey Adam
I manage The Joy Formidable. The band will be touring the East Coast of the US at the end of March and would like you to join them to do some work for a tour DVD. This is the intinerary:
26 Arrive in New York City
27 (day off) spend time with band
28 (T5) NYC show / interview
29 (Philly) show / interview
30 (Boston) Welsh day
31 Leave.’


By |October 20th, 2011|0 Comments

[taken from –]

There’s a lot to be said for touring extensively in support of your records, but it must also be a source of great frustration for bands who’d like nothing more than to move on to the next phase of their careers. This is particularly true for new bands with limited flexibility as to what they can actually play, and in recent months The Joy Formidable have provided a classic example of such issues. In January, the Welsh trio released their long awaited LP The Big Roar, which remains among the strongest debuts released all year, while continuing to thrill live despite the fact that they’d essentially been touring with little respite for two years. I myself witnessed their live show both prior to and in the immediate aftermath of the album’s release, and each time they were mightily impressive, but tonight’s gig at Newcastle’s Riverside unfortunately fell way short by comparison. In fact, you could even make a case that they were overshadowed at their own gig, with the excellent And So I Watch You From Afar arguably grabbing the spotlight with their support slot.


By |May 18th, 2011|0 Comments

No wonder Nicky Wire smiles throughout the performance – the Manics grossed about £80k in ticket sales for this gig alone. Not a bad job if you can get it, and they are worth every penny. Granted, you have to pay for the venue, the staff, the roadcrew, two tour buses, the stage, lights and sound transport, catering, accommodation etc… But there’s still a fair few pennies left to afford to mooch around the shops for a leopard print jacket. Yeah, I’d be smiling too.

Joy Formidable tour – February 2011

By |February 1st, 2011|0 Comments

01.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Bournemouth Old Fire Station
02.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Thelka, Bristol
03.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play O2 Academy, Birmingham
04.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Academy, Manchester
06.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Electric Circus, Edinburgh
07.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play King Tuts, Glasgow
08.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play O2 Academy, Newcastle
09.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Cockpit, Leeds
11.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Plug, Sheffield
12.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play St Pauls, Cambridge
13.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play O2 Academy, Leicester
14.02.2011 – Joy Formidable play Koko, London