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- 03/03/2022Find ticketsLeadmill - Sheffield The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 03 2022 19:30Thursday 19:30Leadmill - SheffieldThe Coral 20th Anniversary Tour
- 05/03/2022Find ticketsAlbert Hall - Manchester The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 05 2022 18:00Saturday 18:00Albert Hall - ManchesterThe Coral 20th Anniversary TourLimited Availability
- 11/03/2022Find ticketsThe Marble Factory - Bristol The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 11 2022 18:00Friday 18:00The Marble Factory - BristolThe Coral 20th Anniversary TourLimited Availability
- 17/03/2022Find ticketsLeeds Beckett Student Union - Leeds The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 17 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00Leeds Beckett Student Union - LeedsThe Coral 20th Anniversary Tour
- 18/03/2022Friday 19:00Nottingham Trent Students Union - NottinghamThe Coral 20th Anniversary TourFind ticketsNottingham Trent Students Union - Nottingham The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 18 2022 19:00Find ticketsNottingham Trent Students Union - Nottingham The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 18 2022 19:00
- 19/03/2022Find ticketsBarrowland - Glasgow The Coral Mar 19 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00Barrowland - GlasgowThe Coral
- 25/03/2022Find ticketsInvisible Wind Factory - Liverpool The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 25 2022 18:00Friday 18:00Invisible Wind Factory - LiverpoolThe Coral 20th Anniversary TourLimited Availability
- 26/03/2022Find ticketsInvisible Wind Factory - Liverpool The Coral 20th Anniversary Tour Mar 26 2022 18:00Saturday 18:00Invisible Wind Factory - LiverpoolThe Coral 20th Anniversary TourLimited Availability
Sixties-influenced outfit blending Merseybeat, psych-folk, indie pop and garage rock
When The Coral landed in the early ’00s, there was every danger of being dismissed as just one more guitar-based “The” band in a scene overrun with them. But the Wirral sextet were anything but typical. From James Skelly’s powerful, immediately recognisable vocals to the band’s ability to encourage Merseybeat, garage rock, jangle pop and sea shanties to all play nicely together, The Coral stood alone in all the best ways.
Their 2002 self-titled debut made all the above blatantly obvious. It was on shelves all of one day before it was nominated for a Mercury Prize. Skelley, brother Ian (drums), guitarists Bill Ryder-Jones and Lee Southall, Paul Duffy (bass) and Nick Power (keys) – all aged between 19 and 21 – embarked on an exhausting touring schedule, capitalising on the success of the album and singles Dreaming Of You and Pass It On.
The band teamed up with Lightning Seed Ian Broudie to record their 2003 follow-up, Magic And Medicine. Less of a manic detour through genres, the album instead demonstrated the band's unwavering aim for the sweet spot between Merseybeat and Nuggets-esque garage rock, like some wonderful gem uncovered in a time capsule from the late ’60s.
For a band that never seemed to stop touring, it was somewhat miraculous that The Coral released another album less than a year later. Nightfreak And The Sons Of Becker was again produced by Broudie, but darkened the vibe of Magic And Medicine with an ominously lo-fi approach.
The Coral stripped everything back to brass tacks for their fourth album, 2005’s The Invisible Invasion, produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Adrian Uttley. Under the duo’s careful guidance, the band did away with their more eccentric instrumentation choices and stuck to a simple-yet-effective guitar, bass and drums set-up.
Following the album’s release, Ryder-Jones decided to step back from the band, although he returned for the creation of the band’s next album, Roots & Echoes. Immediately afterwards, however, he departed the band for good, citing mental health issues.
The Coral continued their move towards a more straightforward sound with Butterfly House, given a pop sheen by noted producer John Leckie (Suede, Radiohead, The Stone Roses). The intention was to record with Leckie again for the follow-up, but the band felt they were running out of steam and instead went on hiatus.
Both Skelly brothers released solo records, while Ian also formed Serpent Power with ex-Zuton Paul Molloy. The band’s shelved 2006 album The Curse Of Love also finally saw the light of day around the same time. Collating the almost-finished record prompted James Skelly to reboot the band, albeit with Molloy and without Southall, and the stomping ’70s-flavoured Distance Inbetween arrived in 2016.
Rather than continue down this harder hitting path, the band changed tack for Move Through The Dawn, a breezy, melodic, jangling affair that called to mind Jeff Lynne’s pristine work with Tom Petty and The Travelling Wilburys.
That album’s gentle closer, After The Fair, served as an appropriately titled introduction to the themes of the band’s next album, a lovingly crafted concept album about a fictional seaside resort. The double album Coral Island contrasted the highs of the summer season with the dereliction and faded glory that follows, complete with spoken word interludes courtesy of the Skelly’s grandfather.
To support the album, The Coral confirmed a 2022 UK tour.
The Coral have announced a March 2022 UK tour.
The Coral have announced the following UK dates:
03 Mar 2022 – Sheffield Leadmill
04 Mar 2022 – Birmingham O2 Institute 1
05 Mar 2022 – Manchester Albert Hall
10 Mar 2022 – London O2 Forum Kentish Town
11 Mar 2022 – Bristol Marble Factory
13 Mar 2022 – Brighton Concorde 2
17 Mar 2022 – Leeds Beckett Students’ Union
18 Mar 2022 – Nottingham The Level
24 Mar 2022 – Newcastle Riverside
25 Mar 2022 – Liverpool The Invisible Wind Factory
26 Mar 2022 – Liverpool The Invisible Wind Factory
The Coral tickets go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 10 September.