Over the course of an astonishing career spanning 20 years + and counting - during which he has
to date sold in excess 1 million records and played to over 2 million people - Frank Turner’s
popularity has grown with his artistry. From the ferocious, sweaty box venues of rock band Million
Dead and starting from scratch with an acoustic guitar in pubs and bedrooms in 2005, to his name
now routinely appearing in the largest font on ticket stubs that permit entry to such venues as
Wembley Arena, The O2 or the Royal Albert Hall. In short, it has been a number of years now
since the hardcore troubadour transformed himself from The Boy Who Surely Could Not, to The
Man That Did.
2019 saw the release of ‘No Man’s Land’ - Turner’s eighth solo record and his fourth consecutive
UK Top Three album release. Produced by MPG Producer of The Year Catherine Marks (Foals,
The Big Moon), it is an esoteric concept album driven by the extraordinary lives & legacies of 13
fascinating women, previously overlooked by history. A self-confessed history nut, Turner began
work on the project after learning about Jinny Bingham, a witch who lived in Camden in the 1600s.
Working with Marks - which Turner calls “an absolute fucking dream” - a dynamic cast of female
musicians were bought into the studio to bring the songs to life. There’s strings and piano from
Anna Jenkins and Gill Sandell of Emily Barker’s Red Clay Halo band, Lock drummer Holly Madge,
Paloma Faith’s bass player Andrea Goldsworthy, Kat Marsh of Choir Noir and a full West End
brass section on the jazz-inflected Nica.
The ‘No Man’s Land’ album release was also accompanied by a 13 part podcast series ‘Tales
From No Man’s Land’ created by Turner in conjunction with Somethin’ Else, which debuted at #2
on the UK charts, also making Apple Music’s ‘Best Listens Of The Year’ review. Following his first
global tour, which saw him play over 100 headline shows across 4 continents, Frank rounded out
2019 with a UK tour putting a unique twist on his formidable live set up. Solo sets from Frank were
followed by an unplugged band performance in seated venues, culminating in two sold-out nights
at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.
The new decade looks unlikely to provide little respite for the artist who has quite rightly been
awarded AIM gongs for both Hardest Working Artist and Best Live Act. 2020 so far promises a 15
date UK headline tour - with Turner’s milestone gig released on audio & visual formats in late 2019
as ‘Show 2000 - Live At Nottingham Rock City - 15/12/16’ - and the fourth incarnation of his wildly
successful Lost Evenings Festival. Already upgraded to a larger space due to ticket demand, Lost
Evenings IV will take over Germany’s Arena Berlin between May 21st-24th with appearances from
Henry Rollins and Catfish and Bottlemen (amongst others) alongside multiple sets from Turner and
the Sleeping Souls, that most supple, dexterous and punishing of permanent backing bands.
Winning the AIM award for Best Independent Festival in its augural year in 2017, Lost Evenings
has since enjoyed sold-out iterations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Elsewhere, the list of accolades goes on and on - Frank was personally asked by Danny Boyle to
perform at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony; ASCAP awarded him their Vanguard Award
for emerging talent in 2012; he played his tenth consecutive slot at Reading and Leeds festival in
2016, an unprecedented achievement; he released his Amazon number 1 bestseller The Road
Beneath My Feet in paperback in February 2016 (also a Times #1 best-seller in hardback),
followed by his Top 5 best-selling memoir, Try This At Home - Adventures In Songwriting. ‘Tape
Deck Heart’, ‘England Keep My Bones’ and ‘Love Ire & Song' are all certified Gold for sales in the
UK (with ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ on the brink of going Silver), and in 2017 Turner
released a documentary feature film, Get Better, charting a turbulent year in the singer’s life.
He has carved out a career as a hard-touring, punk-folk troubadour with a diehard fanbase drawn
to a singer-songwriter who refuses to play the game and does things on his own terms.
And so it goes on.
A Wessex Boy by inclination, these days Turner’s post is delivered to Holloway, North London. He
intends to spend the next 18 months, and probably the rest of his life, on tour.
Sleep Is For The Week (Jan 07)
Love Ire & Song (March 08, certified Gold)
The First Three Years (Dec 08) – a collection of singles, b-sides and rarities
Poetry Of The Deed (Sept 09)
England Keep My Bones (June 11, certified Gold)
The Second Three Years (Jan 12) – a second collection of single, b-sides and rarities
Tape Deck Heart (April 12, certified Gold)
Positive Songs For Negative People (Aug 15, certified Silver)
The Third Three Years (Dec 15)
Ten For Ten (Dec 15)
Songbook (Dec 17) - a retrospective collection, incl. new versions recorded especially for this
Be More Kind (May 18)
No Man’s Land (Aug 19)
Kerrang! Spirit Of Independence – 2010
AIM Hardest Working Act – 2011
AIM Best Live Act – 2011
ASCAP Vanguard Award – 2012
AIM Best Independent Festival (for Lost Evenings) - 2017
Celebrity Mastermind – January 2014 (specialist subject Iron Maiden)