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Thursday 3rd September 2015
David Announces First Ever South American Tour

David has announced his first ever touring trip to South America, playing Brazil, Argentina, and Chile in support of Rattle That Lock. Tickets go on sale on September 10th 2015 (at times below) for the shows, all in December 2015:

12th, Brazil – São Paulo, Allianz Parque.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website:
14th, Brazil – Curitiba, Pedreira Paulo Leminski.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website:
16th, Brazil – Porto Alegre, Arena do Grêmio.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website
18th, Argentina – Buenos Aires, Hipodromo de San Isidro.
On sale: 00:01 ART. Website:
20th, Chile – Santiago, Estadio Nacional.
On sale: 11:00 CRT. Website:

David has also announced the touring band that will accompany him on his 2015/16 tour, as previously reported, which will include: Phil Manzanera – guitar; Guy Pratt – bass; Jon Carin – keyboards; Steve DiStanislao – drums, percussion; Kevin McAlea – keyboards; Theo Travis – saxes, clarinet; Bryan Chambers and Louise Clare Marshall – backing vocals. João Mello will replace Theo Travis on saxophone for the London Royal Albert Hall and South American dates. Lucita Jules will replace Louise Clare Marshall on the South American tour.

Thursday 20th August 2015
Extra UK Tickets Available Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, at 10am UK time, a limited number of extra seats will be released for David's Brighton Centre preview show on Saturday 5th September, as well as for each concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, on September 23rd, 24th and 25th, and October 2nd and 3rd.

For Brighton tickets, call the box office on 0844 8471515, or click here. For the London tickets, click here.

There are also a few tickets remaining for David's show at The Forum in Los Angeles; click here for tickets.

A reminder: tickets for David's third and final show in Chicago, at the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday 6th April 2016, go on sale tomorrow at 10am CDT. They will be available online here, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. Tickets purchased online each include a code redeemable for a CD of Rattle That Lock.

Tuesday 18th August 2015
Third Chicago Date – 6th April at the Auditorium Theatre

David has added a third live date in Chicago – on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605.

The new date will be a rare performance at the venue that David last played with Pink Floyd back on 28th April 1972.

Tickets will be available from 10am CDT on Friday 21st August 2015 from this link.

Every ticket purchased online in North America will include a copy of the new Rattle That Lock album, via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the Live Dates page for all confirmed live dates, 2015/2016.

Thursday 6th August 2015
David and Polly Announced as Liberty Choir Founding Supporters

Following their performance on the title track of Rattle That Lock, the Liberty Choir has announced that David Gilmour and Polly Samson have become founding supporters. The choir has just relaunched their Website at the following link here.

Launched at London's Wandsworth Prison in April 2014, the Liberty Choirs programme is a unique, community interest company and choir singing opportunity. Created by MJ Paranzino and Ginny Dougary, it brings singers into prisons to join inmates as a choir, and provides ex-offenders the opportunity to join the choir and be part of a community upon their release. The programme follows through when the ex-offenders are released, with former prisoners joining community choirs, where they would recognise familiar faces and friends and re-integrate.

On Tuesday 4th August, David and Polly visited Wandsworth Prison and sang with the Liberty Choir. David said: "The guys from the prison are lightened by this beautiful thing that they're doing and they're taking part in this action with no stigma. They're just part of the community in that room and they are with someone who is as inspirational as MJ guiding them – and impressing on them that there is no success and no failure here – you do your best and enjoy it". Polly said: "The great thing was the milling around before and realising that on the whole there is no difference between people on the inside and people on the outside, it's just luck and circumstance. That was very clear today".

For more information and quotes, as well as more details on the choir's Major Founding Supporters, please see the Press Release from LD Communications.

Tuesday 4th August 2015
3rd LA Date – 27th March at The Forum

David has added a third live date in Los Angeles – on Sunday 27th March 2016 at The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90305.

Tickets will be available from 10am PST on Friday 7th August 2015 from this link.

Tickets can also be purchased at, at all Ticketmaster outlets, The Forum box office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 (toll-free only inside the US). Every ticket purchased online in North America will include a copy of the new Rattle That Lock album, via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the Live Dates page for all confirmed live dates, 2015/2016.

Friday 31st July 2015
Rattle That Lock – by Alasdair and Jock

Now available to view above is the animated video for Rattle That Lock, created by Alasdair and Jock from Trunk Animation, the London-based production house, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The hand-drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which Rattle That Lock lyricist Polly Samson drew her inspiration. The poem itself encompasses twelve books, concerning the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Trunk directors Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, alongside producer Richard Barnett, assembled a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors, who worked continuously over three months to bring the narrative and many technical elements together. The team developed the narrative and took its main inspiration from the first three books of Paradise Lost, but also drew on details from across all twelve volumes. The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth.

Sunday 26th July 2015
New UK 'Preview Show' with Pre-sale NOW

In advance of David's 2015 tour dates, he has added one special 'PREVIEW SHOW' – at the BRIGHTON CENTRE on SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available NOW: click here for limited pre-sale to this show, which will act as a precursor to the European 'Live 2015' tour, starting in Pula, Croatia. The venue is the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2GR. General sale commences at 10am tomorrow, 27 July.

The Box Office phone number is +44 (0)844 8471515, while the Website is at

There are some restrictions: no persons under 5 years old will be admitted; under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited to 4 per person, per household, and the ticketholder's name will be printed on the ticket. Photo ID checks will be in place on arrival to confirm customer identity, in order to limit re-sale of tickets on the secondary market. Please check the venue's Website for other Terms & Conditions.

Tuesday 21st July 2015
Huge Demand Prompts Extra US Shows

After the huge demand for Friday's release of tickets to David's North American shows, four extra shows have been added.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, 27th July, for Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl on 25th March 2016, Toronto, Air Canada Centre, on 1st April 2016, Chicago, United Center, 4th April 2016, and New York, Madison Square Garden, on 12th April 2016.

The links below are not yet active, but please use them to order tickets on 27th July – at 10am local time in all markets.

NB Some persons seeking tickets have received the response 'We were unable to process your request. Try again later'. We are told it may mean that high demand is causing a delay in ticket processing, so we're told that fans should keep trying.

The four extra dates are:

25 March 2016 – Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl (On sale: 10am PST)
Click here when onsale begins.

1 April 2016 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre (On sale: 10am EST)
Click here when onsale begins.

4 April 2016 – Chicago – United Center (On sale: 10am CST)
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12 April 2016 – New York – Madison Square Garden (On sale: 10am EST)
Click here when onsale begins.

Tickets can be purchased at, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone.

As with the concerts announced so far, every ticket purchased online in North America will include a Rattle That Lock CD.

Tuesday 21st July 2015
Polly's Kindness in the USA Today

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, The Endless River, and the forthcoming Rattle That Lock) will see her acclaimed novel The Kindness published in hardcover and as an e-book in the US today.

Already described as a "sumptuous, vivid and painterly work" by The New York Times, reviews in the UK included this from the Financial Times: "This is elegant, witty writing, informed throughout by generosity and wise perceptiveness. Dealing with many kinds of love, and with misunderstanding, betrayal, grief and forgiveness, the novel dares to posit, ultimately, the possibility of redemption. It is a book to cherish, to recommend, to return to – and not to lend anyone".

To see more and order The Kindness in the US click here, in the UK here, and in Australia here. See also the panel on the right for information on Polly's literary events, or click here for some recent features. To order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.

Thursday 16th July 2015
The New Album 'Rattle That Lock' Released on Sept 18
North American Dates Announced for 2016

David's new album Rattle That Lock will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015 on Columbia Records. The first single, also titled 'Rattle That Lock', will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, 2015.

Additionally, David's 2016 North American dates have been confirmed for March and April, with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a Rattle That Lock CD*.

Tickets for the North American concert dates, David's first since the On An Island tour in 2006, go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, with individual venue times listed below.

March 24, 2016 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – on sale 12pm (PST).
Click here when onsale begins.

March 31, 2016 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – on sale 10am (EST).
Click here when onsale begins.

April 8, 2016 – United Center, Chicago – on sale 12pm (CST).
Click here when onsale begins.

April 11, 2016 – Madison Square Garden, New York – on sale 10am (EST).
Click here when onsale begins.

Tickets will also be available at, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. See the Live Dates page for all details.

Rattle That Lock follows the 2006 #1 platinum album On An Island, and once again features novelist Polly Samson as primary lyricist, as well as Phil Manzanera, who co-produced the album with David. The striking cover was art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

The tracklisting is:
1. 5 A.M. (Gilmour)
2. Rattle That Lock (Gilmour/Samson/Boumendil)
3. Faces Of Stone (Gilmour)
4. A Boat Lies Waiting (Gilmour/Samson)
5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me (Gilmour)
6. In Any Tongue (Gilmour/Samson)
7. Beauty (Gilmour)
8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Gilmour/Samson)
9. Today (Gilmour/Samson)
10. And Then... (Gilmour)

The title track, 'Rattle That Lock', will be heard for the first time in the UK on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Show, hosted by Sara Cox, on Friday, July 17th and will be available immediately to download and stream worldwide. The song begins with the four notes, created by Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David recorded on his phone at Aix-en-Provence station. Polly's lyrics were inspired by Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which is also featured in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness. The single also features The Liberty Choir, as well as singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

The Rattle That Lock album will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, but also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips. Available in CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions, the deluxe edition also includes 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a David Gilmour plectrum.

Pre-ordering for all editions will be available around the world at various times tomorrow, July 17th.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Tuesday 9th June 2015
Phil Manzanera's TV Tribute to David

Masters of the GuitarDavid's live bandmate and co-producer Phil Manzanera is featured in a new TV programme for Sky Arts, which transmits tonight. Entitled 'Masters Of The Guitar', it focusses on ten acclaimed guitarists talking specifically about the guitarist who inspired them the most. Airing at 7.00pm in the UK, it includes Phil talking about the significant influence that David has had on his own playing, both solo and with Roxy Music, intercut with some choice video clips from Pink Floyd and David's solo career.

As Phil says in the show: "The thing about David [is], it's not a competition about [being] the fastest gun slinger in the west, it's the notes that you don't choose to play that actually define who you are as a guitarist." For more, tune in to Sky tonight.

Sunday 7th June 2015
Polly and David Unlock Details at Literary Festival

Polly Samson and David Gilmour were special guests at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in County Carlow, Ireland, on June 6th. In a session entitled 'Louder Than Words', they touched on lyric writing and the nature of creativity, amongst other topics.

As well as discussion on the process of writing lyrics for both On An Island and The Division Bell, Polly expanded on the collaborative nature of her writing for David and Pink Floyd, and how rewarding it has proved to be. Questions from the floor inevitably centred on the forthcoming album, and alongside praise for contributors and album co-producer Phil Manzanera, David and Polly revealed that the title will be Rattle That Lock.

Thursday 4th June 2015
Change of Venue

Just announced by the local organisers in Firenze (Florence), Italy, is the move of a number of summer concerts due to be held at Teatro Le Mulina, including David Gilmour's show on Tuesday 15th September. The concerts have been moved to the nearby Ippodromo del Visarno.

The revised venue is sited a few hundred metres from Mulina and closer to various public transport stops; tickets already purchased remain valid for the new venue.

Thursday 23rd April 2015
More tickets released for David Gilmour in Oberhausen, September 19

All David's European shows are sold out on the initial sale, but the finalising of the production design details means that a limited number of seats will now be made available for the show in Oberhausen, Germany, on September 19, 2015, via the link below.

Tickets will be in the top price bracket of 100 Euros and the third price bracket of 75 Euros.

The ticket link is here.

There will be a limit of two tickets per person/purchase. The name of the purchaser will be printed on both tickets.

Please note: tickets are not transferable, returnable or refundable. Terms and conditions apply.

Sales will be open to the public from 10.00am on Friday morning, April 24.

Thursday 12th March 2015
Polly's The Kindness Published Today

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, and The Endless River) has seen her novel The Kindness published in hardback in the UK today. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.

Early reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the UK here, and pre-order in Australia here and in the USA here. See the panel on the right for information on Polly's literary events, or click here for some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row and spreads in You magazine, the UK Sunday Times, and The Guardian.

Friday 6th March 2015
UPDATE – New UK Shows Added: Oct 02, 03

The three UK concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall have been an instant sell-out, so two ADDITIONAL UK SHOWS have been added – on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October. Tickets available from 10.00am today, 6th March. One unfortunate side effect of the shows' popularity is that tickets are starting to appear on unofficial sites.

Please note that anyone purchasing a ticket from any unauthorised site or seller will not be granted admission. The restrictions on ticket sales, including named purchasers and photo ID required for entry, are designed to restrict ticket sales to genuine fans and not those seeking to profit from resale. Official outlets are: the Royal Albert Hall box office,,,, and

Wednesday 4th March 2015
2015 UK and European Live Dates and New Solo Album

David Gilmour Tour 2015David announced today that tickets will go on sale at 10.00am GMT on Friday 6th March for his first live dates in nine years. The UK and European shows, planned for September 2015, will coincide with the release of his, as yet untitled, fourth solo studio album, which follows the platinum and UK Number 1 album On An Island.

The shows kick off at the historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, on 12th September, and continue through some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues. Other places visited include Verona and Florence in Italy, Orange in France, and Oberhausen in Germany, before David undertakes three consecutive nights at London's sumptuous Royal Albert Hall on 23, 24 and 25 September. For full details, click here to go to the Live Dates area.

David's new solo album follows the worldwide success of Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River, which hit the Number 1 chart position in 21 countries around the world, and was one of the UK's Top 10 best-selling albums of 2014. Pink Floyd have also just been named by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) as the seventh top-selling artist globally in 2014.

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Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, The Endless River, and the forthcoming Rattle That Lock) sees her novel The Kindness now available in hardcover and e-book in the US, following its UK and Australia publication, where reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the US here, in the UK here, and in Australia here.

To order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.



Thursday 1st: Henley Literary Festival; 2.30pm; with Patrick Gale. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday 13th: Barnetts Bookshop, Gordon House, High Street, Wadhurst TN5 6AA.

Saturday 17th: Isle of Wight Literary Festival; 2.30pm; with Patrick Gale. More information here.

Thursday 22nd: Manchester Literature Festival.
More information here.


Saturday 21st: The Hatchery Reading Group at Hove Library.

You can read reviews of The Kindness, and interviews with Polly, here.