Frank Turner’s award-winning festival, Lost Evenings, returned this year for its fourth instalment, which ran from 16th to 19th September. Following the cancellation of last year’s iteration in Berlin, Germany, due to the pandemic, the concerts instead filled London’s iconic Roundhouse venue (where the first two Lost Evenings took place in 2018 and 2019). The four-day event occupied the many rooms, bars and outside spaces in Camden, to create an exciting program of events, talks and live music.
Speaking about 2021’s Lost Evenings IV, Turner said: “After a thoroughly miserable year for live music – not least having to cancel the Berlin event last year – I’m ecstatic to say we’re bringing the festival back to where it started, at the Roundhouse London in Camden Town. It’s going to be a family affair – old friends (Grace, Jamie, Skinny Lister) and new (Nova Twins, Lottery Winners, Pet Needs), and just a huge celebration of what we all missed lately: getting together for a singalong.”
The series saw Frank Turner headline each night in a lineup of very different shows. The Upcoming was at the Early Years show on 17th September, where the artist and The Sleeping Souls played songs from his first three albums, as well as two new tracks from his new record FTHC (to be released in February 2022). He quipped that when he wrote the material, “Most of these songs I didn’t expect to play in a room this size”.
The well-received set included latest single Haven’t Been Doing So Well (released the day before the gig on 16th September) and Punches (a guitar-heavy, upbeat track with a Green Day-esque chorus), both of which earned a positive reception from the audience at the Roundhouse. He introduced To Take You Home (from Love, Ire and Song) saying, “It’s a song from 2008, the first thing I wrote in DADGAD tuning […]. I wrote it for my girlfriend, I went to see her in Paris after I wrote it and recorded it, and she told me ‘It’s over’. I haven’t played it in f***ing ages.”
Other artists featured as collaborators with Turner in this year’s Lost Evenings IV included Matt Nasir, Jamir Lenman, Nova Twins, and many more.