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, seetickets.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, eventim.co.uk, and stargreen.com.
Wednesday 4th March 2015
2015 UK and European Live Dates and New Solo Album
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.
Sunday 14th December 2014
David Plays Earls Court
Pink Floyd first played at Earls Court in May 1973 during the first year that rock bands started appearing there.
David Gilmour was invited to appear at the last performance at the venue on Saturday 13th December by stepping out
for two songs with Bombay Bicycle Club. Having given band member Jamie MacColl his first guitar as a young boy, he
joined them to a rousing reception on lap steel guitar for Rinse Me Down and then took to acoustic guitar and
vocals for Wish You Were Here. Bulldozers will now enter the site to raze this famous building to the ground.
The photograph, above, shows David with Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman at last night's Earls Court concert.
Wednesday 19th November 2014
Charting The Endless River
The Endless River is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany,
France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria,
Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.
STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland,
Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock
local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries*.
Other charts include: USA 3; Australia 3; Finland 4; and Spain 6.
*The Endless River is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.
Sunday 16th November 2014
'The Endless River' Tops The Charts
Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River reached
a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart
at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other
Tuesday 4th November 2014
Later... with Words
David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later...
with Jools Holland, in an interview with Jools about
the imminent release of The Endless River. We can
expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo
video for Louder Than Words too, so it should be
a memorable show.
The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the
UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the
UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme
will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.
Friday 10th October 2014
'Louder Than Words' Gets First Radio Play
'Louder Than Words', the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on
BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.
'Louder Than Words' is performed by Pink Floyd with lyrics by author Polly Samson.
David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us
playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that
you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to
write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more
interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the
three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder
Thursday 9th October 2014
David and Nick Talk About 'The Endless River'
In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted
to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River.
This is available on the BBC iPlayer here.
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. It will be available on 5th May
in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.
Early reviews have already 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.
To order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.
POLLY'S LITERARY EVENTS
Weds 11th: BBC Radio 4; Front Row.
Thurs 19th: London; The Athenaeum.
6.30-8.30pm. Harper's Bazaar event.
Sat 21st: Ireland; Dún Laoghaire. 12.30pm.
Mountains to Sea Literary Festival.
Fri 27th: London; Hampstead Theatre. 2.45pm.
Hampstead Literary Festival. Tickets
Sat 28th: London; Waterstones, Piccadilly.
6.30-8.30pm. Short story event. Tickets
Thurs 14th: London; Bloomsbury Publishing,
50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP. 6.30-7.30pm. Bloomsbury Book Club.
Fri 15th: Brighton; Charleston Literary Festival.
Mon 18th: London; John Maynard Keynes Library. 6.00-7.20pm. Birkbeck College event.
Sat 30th: Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. 11.30am.
You can read reviews of The Kindness, and interviews with Polly, here.