FOLK punk star Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls will be in town with their new show next week and here’s your chance to see them for free.

The 2019 tour celebrates the release of Turner’s seventh studio album, Be More Kind, which has been hailed as a game changer for the 36-year-old singer songwriter who grew up near Winchester.

It’s a record that combines the political and personal with his trademark intricate folk and punk.

“I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” says Turner.

After the stripped-down, live-sounding previous album, Positive Songs, Turner wanted to try a new approach for the record.

Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months, giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions and shake up the dynamics within his band.

One of the driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy.

“You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can’t do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea,” he explains.

READER OFFER: As a special offer for Daily Echo readers we have three pairs of tickets for his show at the BIC on Friday, February 1.

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