Big Big Train announce live dates for Autumn 2023

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UK prog rockers Big Big Train have announced a run of live dates in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and the UK. The tour will take place in August and September 2023 - full dates below - in support of the forthcoming Ingenious Devices album, which will be released on June 30. You can watch a tour trailer video below.

The band had previously announced a headline appearance at Italy's 2 Days + 1 Festival in Italy on September 2. The shows will give many fans their first chance to see keyboard player and singer Oskar Holldorff, who recently replaced Carly Bryant, as well as Italian guitarist Maria Barbieri, who was announced as a stand-in for Dave Foster, due to the latter's prior commitments in September with the Steve Rothery Band. The Big Big Train brass ensemble, led by trombonist Dave Desmond, will perform at all shows.

“It was a major challenge but an absolute thrill to play the shows last year as part of Big Big Train," says Holldorf, whose own band Dim Gray will once again act as support band on the live dates. "Having now joined the band as a permanent member, I’m looking forward enormously to being tested to my musical limits once more.”

“I have been campaigning for a long time for Big Big Train to come to Sweden, so I am really pleased that we’re bringing the band for the first time not only to my home country for two shows but also to play two other dates in Denmark and Norway,": adds Rikard Sjöblom. "I hope the Scandinavian prog fans will come out in force to see us live!”

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am UK/11am central European time on Friday February 10.

Big Big Train European Tour 2023

Aug 26: Zotertemeer Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Netherlands
Aug 27: Hamburg Markethalle, Germany
Aug 28: Gothernberg Stora Teatern, Sweden
Aug 29: Oslo Cosmopolite, Norway
Aug 30: Stockholm Fryshuset Klubben, Swden
Aug 31: Copenhagen Viften, Denmark
Sep 02: Novara 2 Days + 1 Festival, Italy
Sep 03: Pratteln Z7, Switzerland
Sep 05: Reichenbach Neuberinhaus, Germany
Sep 06: Cologne Carlswek Victoria, Germany
Sep 07: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany
Sep 08: Stuttgart Mozart-Saal, Germany
Sep 10: Edinburgh Queen's Hall, UK
Sep 11: Birmingham Town Hall, UK
Sep 12: London Cadogan Hall, UK
Sep 13: London Cadogan Hall, UK

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.