Jonny & The Baptists confirm general election 2015 tour
Musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists have announced a 30-date tour in the run-up to the 2015 UK general election.
Offering £5 tickets for first time voters at all venues, their new show, Jonny & The Baptists Rock The Vote, opens at Oxford’s Old Fire Station on 2 April before travelling across the country and ending with an election night special on 7 May at London’s Soho Theatre before a post-electoral aftermath finale on 8 May at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre.
Familiar to fans of the UK circuit and Radio 4’s The Now Show, Jonny & The Baptists have rapidly won acclaim for their unique blend of riotous rock’n’roll, satirical soul and anthemic absurdity.
Independently, frontman Jonny Donahoe has also won fame for smash-hit one-man show Every Brilliant Thing at the Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway, while his Baptists partner Paddy Gervers has garnered a cult following as host of his acclaimed ‘Podshambles’ podcast.
A press release for the new show reads: “Leaving partisanship aside to tackle the big issues of our times, Jonny & The Baptists Rock The Vote is their most ambitious show yet. And with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in the public’s trust, it’s a desperate bid to find at least one good reason to vote.
“After topping the iTunes UK Comedy Chart last year with hit single ‘Farage’, the Baptists now take on the whole political spectrum to engage, enrage and inspire.”
Full tour dates are:
2 April: Old Fire Station, Oxford
3 April: Rondo Theatre, Bath Comedy Festival
4 April: Beggar’s Theatre, Millom
6 April: Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter
7 April: Bridport Arts Centre
8 April: Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
9 Apr | Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
10 April: The Poly, Falmouth
12 April: Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
13 April: The Stand, Glasgow Comedy Festival
14 April: The Stand, Newcastle
15 April: The Stand, Edinburgh
16 April: Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
17 April: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
18 April: The Lighthouse, Poole
21 April: The Stables, Milton Keynes
22 April: West End Centre, Aldershot
23 April: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
24 April: The Met, Bury
25 April: The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor
26 April: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
29 April – 1 May: Salisbury Playhouse
3 May: Machynlleth Comedy Festival
4 & 5 May: Komedia, Brighton Fringe
6 & 7 May: Soho Theatre, London
8 May: Unity Theatre, Liverpool
£5 tickets for first-time voters available at all venues – must be aged 18-23 on 7 May 2015, limited allocations may apply, check with venues for details. More information at jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk.