COOKCD683Billy Bragg has released his latest single, Saffiyah Smiles, today, October 9th 2017, on the Cooking Vinyl label. The song is a rousing Hammond-drenched country soul shuffle that was inspired by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan, who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of the far right group the English Defence League at an anti-immigrant demonstration in Birmingham (UK) in April ’17. On Friday Nov 3rd, the mini album, Bridges Not Walls, will be released featuring all of the singles he has released over the summer plus two other gems that stand shoulder to shoulder with every song Billy Bragg has written in his 30 year career on the frontline. Bridges Not Walls can be pre-ordered here
 
You can view the lyric video for Saffiyah Smiles, and Billy Bragg‘s tour dates below

 
Bridges Not Walls November Tour Dates
 
3 REYKJAVIK Iceland Airwaves
5 BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
6 LONDON Islington Assembly Hall [SOLD OUT]
7 LONDON Islington Assembly Hall [SOLD OUT]
8 CAMBRIDGE Junction [SOLD OUT]
10 OXFORD O2 Academy [SOLD OUT]
11 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall [SOLD OUT]
12 SHEFFIELD The Leadmill [SOLD OUT]
14 LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
15 EDINBURGH The Queen’s Hall [SOLD OUT]
16 NEWCASTLE Wylam Brewery [SOLD OUT]
18 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
19 CARDIFF Tramshed (SOLD OUT)
21 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook [SOLD OUT]
22 LONDON Clapham Grand [SOLD OUT]
25 ANTWERP De Roma
27 COLOGNE Gloria Theatre (SOLD OUT)
28 BERLIN Heimathafen [SOLD OUT]
29 FRANKFURT Batschkapp
30 HAMBURG Fabrik [SOLD OUT]