FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
Following a massive sell-out show in May of this year, Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend prepare to storm Gloucester Guildhall a second time.
Funeral for a Friend, named after a song by Planes Mistaken For Stars rather than the Elton John instrumental, came together in Bridgend in 2001. They started off by recording four tracks for a proposed self-funded EP but as soon as Mighty Atom Records heard the tracks they signed the band up for a two-album deal, from which came their debut EP Between Order and Model. Before its release in 2002 the majority of the band actually quit, but this didn`t deter the remaining members and they re-recruited and recorded their second EP, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, the following year. Thanks to their dedicated fan base, the band won the Kerrang! award for Best UK Newcomer in 2003, beating The Darkness and Million Dead. They followed up their success by playing at Reading and Leeds the same year.
With expectations building, Funeral for a Friend released their first full-length album, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, to critical acclaim in October 2003, which produced three Top 20 singles. The band extensively toured the album, including opening for Iron Maiden in a series of European dates. Going from strength to strength, and with their fan base steadily growing, they went on to release three more albums and a greatest hits compilation entitled Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009. They toured internationally, landed themselves a support slot for Guns N` Roses, picked up another Kerrang! award, this time for Best British Band, and notched up more six Top 40 singles.
Funeral for a Friend`s eagerly anticipated fifth album, Welcome Home Armageddon, was released earlier this year through Pledge Music. Speaking to the BBC, singer Matt Davies said, â€œ2011 will be the year of Funeral for a Friend so you all better be prepared for it!â€ Make sure you don`t miss out on what is guaranteed to be an exciting, high-energy show.
Thursday 15th December // Tickets Â£14 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall`s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.