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UK Tour 2019

In autumn 2019, Big Big Train will embark upon their first UK tour, performing songs from their forthcoming studio album (due in May 2019) and back catalogue, including The Underfall Yard (in its 10th anniversary year). The shows will feature the band’s full live line-up, including our five-piece brass ensemble.

Support will come from Sweet Billy Pilgrim, an English genre-spanning band who, on this occasion, will comprise the duo of Jana Carpenter and Tim Elsenburg.

Tickets are on sale now directly from venue box offices and tour details and venue ticket links are below:

EDINBURGH, Queens Hall‬, Saturday 26th October 2019

NEWCASTLE, City Hall‬, Sunday 27th October 2019

HALIFAX, The Victoria Theatre‬, Tuesday 29th October 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall‬, Wednesday 30th October 2019

NEWPORT, The Riverfront‬, Friday 1st November 2019

LONDON, Hackney Empire, Saturday 2nd November 2019‬

For discussion about the gigs and other BBT matters, the Big Big Train Facebook Forum is here:

A number of sub-forums (one for each gig) have been created to facilitate communication between ticket holders (and also to assist with ticket swaps and sales if necessary). The links to the sub groups can be found on the forum.


We are planning tours outside of the UK and are expecting to be playing in the US and Canada in the Spring of 2020, and in mainland Europe in the autumn of 2020. More news on these tours in 2019.

New live album and single in July 2018

Big Big Train’s new live album Merchants of Light (available on triple vinyl, double CD and download and streaming) was released on 27th July.

Merchants of Light received a four star review from John Bungey in The Times:

and a five star review from Paul Davies in The Daily Express:

“Merchants of Light” is available from our official stores at Burning Shed and The Merch Desk and from all other good rock stores as well as streaming and download sites.

Big Big Train have also released a single ahead of the “Merchants of Light” album. The single features a live recording of “Swan Hunter” and a 2018 remix of the studio version of the song which originally featured on the English Electric album.

The single also includes two previously unreleased tracks: a new version of “Seen Better Days” which features Tim Bowness on vocals alongside Big Big Train’s singer, David Longdon, and a live studio recording of “Summer’s Lease”.

Merchants of Light tracklisting

Folklore Overture
Brave Captain
Last Train
London Plane
A Mead Hall in Winter
Experimental Gentlemen part two
Swan Hunter
Judas Unrepentant
The Transit of Venus Across the Sun
East Coast Racer
Telling the Bees
Victorian Brickwork
Drums and Brass

Swan Hunter tracklisting

Swan Hunter (radio edit)
Swan Hunter (2018 remix)
Swan Hunter (live at Cadogan Hall, London, October 2017)
Seen Better Days (the brass band’s final piece)
Summer’s Lease (live at Real World Studios, April 2017)

Progressive Music Awards nominations 2018

Big Big Train has received two nominations in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, for Album Cover of the Year (The Second Brightest Star) and for Event of the Year (the Cadogan Hall shows.) Vote for your favourites in all categories here:

Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf) joins live line-up

We are delighted to announce that Robin Armstrong will be joining the live line-up of Big Big Train for our shows in 2018 and beyond.

Robin is a multi-instrumentalist and the leader of progressive rock band, Cosmograf. Nick, Rachel and Greg have played as guest musicians on Cosmograf albums and we are looking forward to performing with Robin at our shows at The Anvil in Basingstoke and at the Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany.

A final batch of tickets have been released for Big Big Train’s July 11th show in Basingstoke and these can be purchased here:

Tickets for Loreley (July 13th) can be purchased here:

Find out more about Robin Armstrong and Cosmograf here:

Announcement from Andy Poole

Big Big Train would like to thank Andy for the significant part he has played in the band’s journey and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Big Big Train will continue with the seven-piece line-up of D’Virgilio / Gregory / Hall / Longdon / Manners / Sjöblom / Spawton alongside the five-piece BBT brass band led by Dave Desmond.

For future live performance, the band have recruited an additional musician to assist the band with keyboard and guitar work. An announcement will be made in due course.

Best wishes

Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel and Rikard

BBT release Christmas single on Dec 8th

What wouldn’t you give to believe again like you believed back then?

Big Big Train will be releasing a Christmas single on December 8th 2017.

The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on limited edition 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, high-resolution and standard-resolution download, and streaming. The vinyl, CD and high-resolution download versions of the release will feature a ‘b’ side called Snowfalls.

The promotional film for Merry Christmas was recently premiered by Prog magazine and can be viewed directly here:

The film features actor Mark Benton who says:

‘When Big Big Train asked me to get involved with the video for Merry Christmas, I didn’t need much convincing. I’m a big fan of the band and love the way they tell stories through their beautifully crafted songs. The video was great fun to shoot and hopefully really conveys the Christmas message’.

Alongside Big Big Train’s full line-up which performed recently at the band’s three sold-out shows at Cadogan Hall in London, Merry Christmas features the beautiful singing of The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’

The artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas is available to pre-order now from the band’s official stores: (for vinyl and CD pre-orders) (for vinyl, CD, Christmas cards and other merchandise)

Merry Christmas is also available to pre-order from Amazon, HMV and other good online and high-street record stores.

The high-resolution (24/96) download version of Merry Christmas will be available to buy on
Big Big Train’s Bandcamp shop on the 8th December:

A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy of the vinyl, CD, download and Christmas card sold.

More Christmas gift ideas can be found in Sarah Louise Ewing’s shop, including Grimspound cufflinks and a beautiful Telling the Bees Pendant (25% of proceeds from pendant sales will go to The Bee Cause, a campaign which seeks to reverse the decline of bees in the UK.)

Big Big Train co-headline Night Of The Prog 2018

Big Big Train will be co-headliners at the Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany, on 13th July 2018. We will be performing at Loreley with our full 13 piece live line-up. Most of our time next year has been set aside for writing and recording and this will be our only 2018 show in mainland Europe. Festival information and tickets available here:

Interview with Nick (incl. ‘Kingmaker’ live performance)

A new interview with Nick D’Virgilio about his work with Big Big Train has been published by M Music and Musicians Magazine. The online version of the interview includes a video of the full-length version of ‘Kingmaker’ performed in London in 2015.