Indie icons Razorlight set to visit Bristol on their first tour in a decade

Indie icons Razorlight set to visit Bristol on their first tour in a decade

Posted on: 10 Nov 2022

The 2000s indie rock mainstays are heading out on the road next spring with O2 Academy Bristol as one of their scheduled stop offs.


Razorlight will play O2 Academy Bristol on Wednesday 26 April 2023.


The 2023 tour is in support of Razorwhat? The Best of Razorlight, the band’s upcoming greatest hits compilation, due for release on Friday 9 December; along with a selection of classic material, the record will feature two new songs.


Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday 18 November and can be found HERE.



Razorlight formed in 2002 by Johnny Borrell after the frontman and guitarist spent a period performing all around London as an acoustic singer-songwriter with bands such as the Libertines – who he played bass for very briefly.


Borrell soon enlisted the help of Swedish born duo Björn Ågren (guitar) and Carl Dalemo (bass) as well as old school friend Shïan Smith-Pancorvo (drums). Their hooky songs, inspired by the likes of Television and The Strokes, and raucous live shows quickly created a buzz around the band.


Their 2004 debut record Up All Night proved a critical success thanks to a blend of American rock style and brit-pop cool and was soon followed by high profile shows supporting a Paul Rodgers fronted Queen and Oasis.



Razorlight’s eponymously titled sophomore record came in 2006 and featured their first chart topping single, ‘America’, with the album also reaching number one in the UK charts and going multi-platinum.


Despite a fluctuating lineup that has left Borrell as the only original member, the band have continued to play regular live shows and release material, their last album, Olympus Sleeping, came in 2018.


However, Razorlight’s April 2023 tour will see the classic lineup back together to celebrate the December release of Razorwhat? The Best of Razorlight. As well as Bristol, the band will play Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield, Oxford, Bournemouth and London. Head to the band’s Facebook page for more information.

Tickets for Razorlight’s show at Bristol O2 Academy on Wednesday 26 April will go on sale next Friday 18 November and can be found HERE.

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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.