The Good, The Bad & The Queen

Friday 12 April 2019, 7:30pm - 11pm

The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA

“…a uniquely eclectic and deft-handed ensemble, live they realised their queasily kaleidoscopic vision in a richness of styles, shades and textures.” – METRO, 5/5 stars 

“…a deliciously weird seaside-pier-flavoured dub rock as a hypnotic backdrop to Albarn’s surrealist and lyrical state-of-the-nation address.” – THE TELEGRAPH, 5/5 stars 

“…affecting, subtle and joyous”– EVENING STANDARD, 4/5 stars

Off the back of a recent run of sold-out shows, The Good, The Bad & The Queen have confirmed an extended tour with new dates announced today for April 2019.

Last month saw the release of GBQ’s critically-acclaimed second album Merrie Land – “…a masterpiece - Album of The Year (SUNDAY TIMES) – and was followed by a selection of unique live performances in venues that included working-men’s clubs in the North East, a converted art-deco cinema in Hackney and a triumphant night on Blackpool’s historic North Pier. 

And now the band will take this “… thrilling, thoughtful and cathartic end-of-the-pier show with a difference” (EVENING STANDARD) on the road again with dates in Norwich, Cardiff, Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester, culminating with a very special hometown show at the iconic London Palladium on Good Friday, 19th April.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Thursday, 20th December. For ticket information, visit 


November 2018 saw the release of Merrie Land, the second album from The Good, The Bad & The Queen, a band comprising of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. 

Following an eleven-year hiatus since their eponymous debut, the four musical storytellers returned with Merrie Land, self-released on the newly created label Studio 13. Produced by Tony Visconti and The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Merrie Land contains 10 new songs - written during the current period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union - creating a reluctant good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. 

The Good, The Bad & The Queen began life as the acclaimed 2007 album of the same name, a heartfelt tribute to London described by The Observer in a 5-star review as –“One of the most surprising and magical records for which Damon Albarn has ever been responsible”. The record traced a journey from the English music hall tradition to West Africa and Afrobeat, zigzagging through the West Indies and its reggae and dub, back to England and London's punk scene, all the while taking in a strand of British beat music from the '50s right through to Britpop. The result was a record specific to a place and mood but with a background that was geographically wide-ranging.

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