Leonard Cohen Announces One-off UK Gig

Posted on April 26th, 2012 by in Gig News

Leonard Cohen Old Ideas album cover

Three-hour set in the southern countryside.

Having been last been in the UK to promote the release of his latest album, Old Ideas, the veteran musician is making this his only UK tour date, and so the three-hour set will feature many of his classics (He is often best known for songs such as Hallelujah, I’m Your Man and Suzanne), as well as new material from the recent LP release.

The event will take place on 8th September at The Hop Farm in Kent. The venue and promoter, Vince Power, have also hosted ‘The Hop Farm Festival’ each summer over the last five years – a fiercely independent event that prides itself on the fact that they accept no corporate sponsorship or branding. Hop Farm seems very fitting for the zen-master Cohen, who seems to do things on his own terms also. Tickets for the open air one-off Cohen gig are now on sale, priced at £65-£95, and available from A Day At The Hop Farm.

Cohen returned to performing live back in 2008 after a 15 year hiatus – mostly due to a preceding court case and his sparse finances at the time. His ‘comeback years’ have been superb and he has continued to deliver the goods with new music and some stunning live performances, holding the audience in the palm of his hand.

We first listened to Cohen’s latest LP back in January, and enjoyed the continued evolution of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s work. You can stream the Old Ideas album via Spotify below.

by Lee Jarvis.
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