US alternative rock group The Lemonheads are set to visit Bristol this year

US alternative rock group The Lemonheads are set to visit Bristol this year

Posted on: 29 Jul 2022

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their fifth studio album, It’s a Shame About Ray, the indie rock mainstays will perform the record in full to audiences in the UK and Ireland later this year.


The Lemonheads will be rolling into Bristol from the US on Wednesday 28 September.


Renowned for their ever-changing lineup and sound that has touched on a plethora of sonic bases from hardcore punk to country, the group will be heading out on a two-month long tour this Autumn.


Tickets for The Lemonheads at Bristol O2 Academy can be found here.



Formed during the 1980s in Boston, The Lemonheads began as part of the post-hardcore scene but quickly transitioned into a punk-pop band. However, Evan Dando’s good looks and delicate voice lead to him becoming a 90s teen icon.


The group developed a distinct sound with simple, catchy songs that combined pop, punk and Gram Parsons-esque country rock, bringing them into the public limelight at a time when bands like Nirvana were pushing alternative bands to the forefront of popular culture.


Dando and co’s fifth album, It’s a Shame About Ray, became the band’s piece de resistance on its release in 1992. A media sensation overnight, the frontman’s face became synonymous with the 90s alternative rock explosion, appearing on the cover of music magazines all over the world.

The Lemonheads could not sustain their momentum however and, in the late 1990s, disappeared from the public spotlight for over a decade before returning sporadically between the late 2000s and now.


Now they’re back and gearing up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of It’s a Shame About Ray, a record that gained rave reviews at the time of release.


It achieved a five out of five from Mojo, an 8/10 by NME (pictured below is a cover featuring Dando and alternative pop pioneer, Bjork), an 8.4/10 by Pitchfork and received the honour of being named a defining force of the early 90s by the prestigious magazine, Rolling Stone.

As well as Bristol, The Lemonheads’ UK and Ireland tour will see them visit venues in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Brighton, Norwich and Southampton. Head to the band's website for more information.


Tickets for The Lemonheads’ trip to Bristol O2 Academy on Wednesday 28 September are on sale now and can be found here.


To find out what else is coming up at the venue, visit their website now.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.