Big Country News

BAND ANNOUNCEMENT : BASSIST
At the start of October we received news from Scott that he had been thinking about his future plans and as a result he would be leaving the band to pursue other interests. Scott became our full-time Bassist in December 2015 and he has been an integral part of the band during this time. Since his announcement to us we have been rehearsing with a new Bass player and we would like to announce that Gil Allan from Dunfermline will take over from Scott from 18th November in Derby. Gil is well known around Dunfermline and is delighted to be… {+};

Australia – New Zealand 2022
We are delighted to announce we will be heading down to New Zealand and Australia in September 2022. Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible Presale: Fri 5 Nov, 12pm (local time) - On Sale: Mon 8 Nov, 12pm (local time) Ticket Links AU: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/big-country-2022/ NZ: https://metropolistouring.com/newzealand/big-country-2022/ {+};

The Chance Collection
NEW ITEMS IN THE BIG COUNTRY STORE!!! https://store.bigcountry.co.uk/ {+};

SPITFIRE
WKW is proud to present our new song and video, "Spitfire." Look for an audio release soon. Full-length album "Men of Steel" now available on CD and all digital outlets. Visit wkwmusic.com for more info. SPITFIRE (written by Bruce Watson, Jamie Watson and Thomas Kercheval) Washed up on the shoreline Burning in the sunshine Left my pot of gold inside a sunken cartel Crawling through the debris Freedom isn't ever free Never gonna pay my way out of this hell Shot down in a hail of gunfire They swore we would never return Like the ghost of a lonely Spitfire… {+};

Without The Aid of A Safety Net & The Buffalo Skinners vinyl releases
Big Country’s first live album ‘Without The Aid Of A Safety Net’, is coming out 27th August on 180g triple vinyl. Recorded at The Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow 1993, it features many of their classic tracks such as ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ and ‘Fields Of Fire’ with another 8 previously unreleased tracks. Coming that same day, ‘The Buffalo Skinners’, Big Country’s sixth album is released on 180g double vinyl. It features reworkings of ‘Ships’ and ‘We’re Not In Kansas’. It also includes the demo of ‘Buffalo Skinners’, as well as the US mix of ‘The One I Love’. Pre-orders for both… {+};

EU Orders – Please Read Carefully
With the Uk's departure from European Union, (we anticipated something of this nature when the word Brexit was even mentioned), we are now experiencing problems regarding shipping/Vat/charges. It is with great regret that we have had to suspend selling online to Europe at this time. We sincerely hope this will be a temporary situation. In effect, it appears the situation would have financial repercussions for our customers residing in Europe. We can't seem to get a definitive answer to the costings, what these implications are and how they will impact on our valued customers. We are conversing with our accountants,… {+};

Interview of Mark by Kari Young of Go Beyond Here / iHeart Radio
https://www.buzzsprout.com/959248/8468752 Kari connects Mark to his cat Misha, as Mark talks about how there were no bagpipes on their '80s hit "In a Big Country," visualizing his own reality and how he felt when his vision came true to play at the Hammersmith Odeon, a milestone along his life path, as well as his determination to be on "Top of the Pops" when people joked he wouldn't, as a glass half full person he believes that having ups and downs is part of the journey, how he knew to follow his gift of being a drummer and what drives him… {+};

Gig Still Available
For anyone that missed the stream gig on Saturday, we have made it open until Friday April 9th. Tickets can be bought and watched at anytime. https://live.streamdigital.tv/ {+};

DUNFERMLINE…HERE WE GO!!!
SAT 18th DECEMBER TICKETS: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/skids-big-country-glen-pavilion-tickets/10928975 {+};

New Shirt in Store
********NEW T-SHIRT IN BC STORE***** Small-3XL Also added restock of Black Restless Natives T Shirts now Available. https://store.bigcountry.co.uk/collections/featured/products/big-country-navy-vertical-logo-t-shirt {+};

The Skids, Big Country & Armory Show
The Skids, Big Country & Armory Show (with Richard Jobson)- A unique one off evening with full electric performances. Friday 17th December 2021- o2 Academy Glasgow. Tickets on sale 9am 2nd April 9am - https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-skids-big-country-armory-show/o2-academy-glasgow/1818548 {+};

Website Re-Launch
Welcome to the new and improved Official Website of Big Country. We have updated the site to take advantage of modern technologies including mobile access while maintain the look and feel of the prior site. We Hope You Like It. {+};

Big Country World Tour 2021 – New Dates/Times Added
You can now catch our Saturday April 3rd stream in 8 different time zones to make sure it is available at a time which suits you. Times/Dates are shown to give an indicative time of when streams will go out. Once you buy a ticket you can access any of the 8 streams throughout the day. Tickets: live.streamdigital.tv/ {+};

Live Stream BIG COUNTRY WORLD TOUR 2021
SATURDAY 3RD APRIL 8PM... We are delighted to bring you our first full band electric set for over a year! For one night only we are going on a world tour and you can access this unique event (stream) by following the link and purchasing a ticket. The gig will be screened 6 times on Saturday 3rd April so you can view the show anywhere in the world. All you need to do now is get your ticket and get the beers chilling!!! Ticket Link: https://live.streamdigital.tv/ This show was professionally recorded under strict Covid-19 protocols. Mark Brzezicki Simon Hough Bruce… {+};

Big Country to headline Cleethorpes Rocks
CLEETHORPES ROCKS AND CLEE FEST have joined forces to bring you an open air one day festival as a BIG THANK YOU to the NHS for all they have done and are continuing to do in these challenging times. PROFITS will be donated to local NHS Trust as part of the BIG THANK YOU to ALL NHS STAFF there will be FREE admission with NHS id Card. Tickets for NHS staff will be available from 1st June 2021 in person from our shop at 46 Wellowgate Grimsby. {+};

Out Beyond The River – The Compulsion Years Anthology, 5CD/1DVD Remastered Boxset
• A new 5 Disc boxed set anthology (5CDs / 1 DVD) celebrating the recordings of Scottish rock giants Big Country, made between 1993 and 1994 for Chrysalis Records imprint Compulsion • Featuring 71 tracks on five discs, including the albums ‘The Buffalo Skinners’ and the double live album ‘Without The Aid Of A Safety Net’, recorded at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on 29 December 1993. • Includes rare B-Sides / bonus tracks, US radio mixes, previously unreleased instrumental demos, plus the original demo for every track on ‘The Buffalo Skinners’ album. • DVD includes highlights from the Glasgow Barrowlands… {+};

WKW – What About Peace
WKW (Watson Kercheval Watson) is proud to present our take on another Big Country song, "What About Peace?", originally written by Stuart Adamson. {+};

NEW IN THE STORE!!!
In the store now: Bottle Openers in three colours and the limited edition 30th Anniversary Through A Big Country mug. Get yours now in the BIg Country Store http://store.bigcountry.co.uk {+};

Bruce to appear on ‘Big Night In’
This Saturday (23rd May) the Big Night In with Mike and Jules Peters welcomes guitarist Bruce Watson of Big Country into the living room for an evening of talk centred about all things Big Country and The Alarm The show will continue this Saturday, with Episode 10 with even more rare and unseen video clips from Mike Peters and The Alarm's history plus exclusive films from the time Mike and Bruce shared the stage together as part of the new Big Country line up from 2011-2013. As always there will also be a host of acoustic performances from the Mike Peters'… {+};

CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT
We are currently monitoring the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus and our Bookings Agent is working closely with Promoters and venues with regards our upcoming shows. These are unprecedented times for all of us and any decisions made have to be in the interest of the fans, the band, crew, venue staff and all of our families. As you are most likely aware, the UK Government has advised against “mass gatherings” and issued guidelines regarding self-isolation and travel. Any decision made regarding shows will be taking all of the above into consideration. We never like having to cancel shows but we… {+};

K-Hits presents REWIND VALENTINE’S LIVE!
Big Country hits the stage at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California on Friday, February 14 along with Wang Chung and China Crisis Event infor available at https://thundervalleyresort.com/ Book your tickets at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/khits-presents-rewind-valentines-live/event/1C00577E74B220C9 {+};

Big Country in Los Angeles
Big Country will be part of the 80's Weekend #9 to be held at the famed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Other performers include Violent Femmes, Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, The Romantics, Missing Persons, Heaven 17 and more. Get your tickets now at :https://www.fkoapresents.com/80s-ticket-page/ {+};

Scandanavian Tour
Big Country will be making a mini-tour of Scandanavia this Spring. They will be performing in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Tickets are available at the links here: Fri 29/05/2020 Train – Aarhus, Denmark Sat 30/05/2020 Kulturhuset Viften – Rødovre (Copenhagen), Denmark Sun 31/05/2020 Pustervik – Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden Mon 01/06/2020 John Dee – Oslo, Norway {+};

WKW: Men of Steel
Bruce and Jamie Watson are proud to announce a new project with their good friend Tom Kercheval. Details about new music from WKW including the CD "Men of Steel" can be seen in the post below and at www.wkwmusic.com WKW – Bruce Watson, Jamie Watson and Thomas Kercheval – are proud to announce the crowdfunding campaign for our forthcoming album, "Men of Steel". The album has been fully recorded and mixed, and the mastering is just about finished. A digital release is definite, but we're hoping to also release the album in CD form, and that's where the crowdfunding campaign… {+};