Hotly tipped Derbyshire rock n’ rollers These Wicked Rivers have announced details of a new UK headline tour kicking off in May, as well as a third single, ‘The Riverboat Man’, taken from their highly anticipated new album ‘Force of Nature.’ The new track, released on January 12th, is a barnstorming tale which celebrates the underdog spirit, and champions those who dare to be different.
‘The Riverboat Man’ is supported by a brand new video and sees the band continue the upward momentum generated by their recent December 2023 headline tour, which saw them sell out shows around the country and add yet more converts to the ever growing ‘Rivers Family’.
Vocalist/guitarist John Hartwell says of the new single: “On the surface it’s a story but, as always, it goes much deeper than that. Rich in metaphor, it explores the darkness and light within us all. It’s a blast to play live and it’s been great to see such positive audience reactions to it at our recent shows.”
Guitarist Arran Day is similarly excited about getting back on the road for the UK headline dates, which the band have dubbed the ‘Peace, Love & Lampshades Tour’: “‘The ‘Force of Nature’ tour was such a massive success for us in terms of getting out and playing for new faces in new places, so we really wanted to hit the road as soon as possible and do it all over again. Fresh from the release of our second album ‘Force of Nature’ we’ll be bringing our signature stage show up and down the country, decorating each room as if it were 1974 and your nan’s just put the kettle on. In times of greed, turmoil and darkness let yourselves escape by joining us for a celebration of peace, love and of course… lampshades.”
Collectively These Wicked Rivers are aiming for the top. Described by Classic Rock Magazine as “The sound of what might’ve happened if Clutch got a bit stoned with Audioslave and Zakk Wylde – and then jammed late into the night”, the band blend subtle blues touches with a hard rock edge, adding soulful vocals to create a sound that is as dramatic as it is exhilarating.
Preaching a simple gospel of ‘peace, love and lampshades’ (a reference to the bands intimate stage set up), These Wicked Rivers have toured the length and breadth of the UK with the likes of Hayseed Dixie, Those Damn Crows, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons and Kira Mac, building a devoted fanbase and gaining new fans in every town and city they play. Now signed to the freshly minted Fat Earth Records label, the band are also setting their sights beyond the UK, with a debut European tour set for April
THESE WICKED RIVERS FULL TOUR DATES 2024
Feb 04 Huddersfield The Parish
Mar 09 Wolverhampton Uglyfest KK’s Steel Mill
Mar 16 Matlock Bath The Grand Pavilion (‘Force of Nature’ Album Celebration Show)
These Wicked Rivers ‘Peace, Love & Lampshades’
2024 Headline UK Tour Dates
May 17 Bridgwater Cobblestones
May 18 Stoke Sugar Mill
May 19 Manchester Night & Day
May 24 Cardiff Club Ifor Bach
May 25 Bournemouth Bear Cave
May 26 Call Of The Wild Festival
May 31 Leicester 02 Academy
June 01 Edinburgh Bannermans
June 02 Leeds Brudenell Social
Tickets for the ‘Peace, Love & Lampshades Tour’ go on sale via a special Planet Rock presale on Friday January 12th https://planetradio.co.uk/planet-rock/news/rock-news/these-wicked-rivers-uk-tour-2024/
Pre-order new album ‘Force of Nature’ (out 1st March 2024) HERE