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  • Elbow

  • Elbow

  • Elbow

  • Elbow


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Injecting a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based British peers, Elbow have been known to refer to their orchestral, grandiose sound as "prog without the solos." The members of the band -- vocalist Guy Garvey, drummer Richard Jupp, organist Craig Potter, guitarist Mark Potter, and bassist Pete Turner -- met during the early '90s while attending college in Bury. After moving several miles south to Manchester proper, the band went through a couple of developmental stages before attracting the interest of Island Records, which signed the group in 1998.

Island was bought out by Universal several months later, though, and Elbow found themselves dropped from the label as a result. After a partnership with EMI also dissolved, the guys linked up with local independent label Uglyman and released two EPs, Newborn and Any Day Now. The acclaimed EPs gained the band a contract with V2, which released 2001's equally tipped Asleep in the Back. The record was short-listed as a nominee for 2001's Mercury Prize and was issued in the States in early 2002.

Cast of Thousands, which appeared in 2004, proved to be a strong, critically acclaimed follow-up. Leaders of the Free World, inspired by political events and behavior in the media, was released in fall 2005, with The Seldom Seen Kid following in 2008. Although all three of Elbow's past albums had enjoyed significant popularity in the U.K., The Seldom Seen Kid was the band's first album to go multi-platinum, eventually selling over one million copies and winning the 2008 Mercury Prize. Writing sessions for a new album began in 2010, and Build a Rocket Boys! was released one year later, followed in 2012 by Dead in the Boot, a collection of B-sides and non-album cuts.

That summer, not only did Elbow's ambitious, especially written track "First Steps" serve as the theme to the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics, but the band also played two songs at the closing ceremony of the games, which helped to further bolster sales of their back catalog. Recording sessions for a sixth studio album -- eventually titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything -- took place at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire in late 2012 and were completed in their own Salford studio the following year. Following the January release of the single "New York Morning," the album appeared to strong reviews in March 2014 and became their first album to debut at the top of the U.K. charts.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
06.15.17 Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Tetbury, Gls UK
06.17.17 Bedgebury Pinetum Goudhurst, Ken UK
06.21.17 Live At The Marquee Cork, C Ireland
06.24.17 Dalby Forest Nr Pickering Nth Yor, North Yorkshire UK
06.25.17 Sherwood Pines Nottingham, Ntt UK
06.29.17 Thetford Forest Thetford, Sfk UK
06.30.17 Delamere Forest Northwich, Cheshire UK
07.06.17 Tynemouth Priory and Castle Tynemouth, North Tyneside UK
07.07.17 Cannock Chase Forest Rugeley, Staffordshire UK
07.08.17 Hyde Park London, London UK


  • 03.27.17 Listen to Guy and Pete talking with @BBC6music's @BBCRadMac. Skip to 1hr32mins https://t.co/uE9FPKJZEF
  • 03.21.17 Thank you to everyone who came out to see the band. Share your gig pictures with #elbowlive2017
  • 03.21.17 elbow’s UK tour with special guest @mrchrisduncan comes to a close tonight at the @O2ApolloManc https://t.co/2809yKVO7h
  • 03.21.17 Find a participating #RSD17 store near you here: https://t.co/tgAYmRcoXp
  • 03.21.17 elbow will release an exclusive 7" vinyl cover of The The's 'August & September' as part of @theCALMzone's Torch So… https://t.co/QmrIMMUDtq
  • 03.21.17 Tune into @BBC6Music from 14.30 this afternoon to hear Guy and Pete chatting with @BBCRadMac: https://t.co/uE9FPKJZEF
  • 03.20.17 elbow's four-night residency at the @O2ApolloManc tonight. Share your gig pictures with #elbowlive2017 https://t.co/dbRb79lLzx
  • 03.19.17 Share your pictures from elbow's show at @O2ApolloManc tonight with #elbowlive2017
  • 03.18.17 elbow play the first of four sold out shows at @O2ApolloManc with special guest @mrchrisduncan tonight. #elbowlive2017
  • 03.16.17 elbow play to a sold out @demontforthall in Leicester tonight. Share your gig photos with #elbowlive2017
  • 03.16.17 A limited number of tickets for all 4 elbow shows at the @O2ApolloManc have just been released. https://t.co/PErri0R4Gm
  • 03.15.17 elbow are live at The Dome in Doncaster tonight. Share your gig pictures with #elbowlive2017