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The Leisure Society – Into the Arms of Hope

Two-time Ivor Novello nominees The Leisure Society have announced a new UK tour, following their 2023 single Brave Are The Waves recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno.

The band will appear with founding members Nick Hemming, Christian Hardy and violinist Mike Siddell playing through a highly-regarded songbook that spans five albums (from2009’s The Sleeper to 2019’s Arrivals & Departures)plus a new selection written during and after lockdown.

Hemming promises an “open-ended and intimate” night with fans, following the “incredibly uplifting” string of dates the band performed in November last year. Into the Arms of Hope is a line from one of the band’s earlier songs, Although We All Are Lost, taken from their sophomore album, 2011’sInto The Murky Water.

“I’ve been playing it again recently and it seems to have taken on a new significance, ”Hemming explains. “Christian just asked me to write out the opening lyrics so he could have them tattooed across his back, so it’s clearly been on his mind too!”

To celebrate the tour, the band enlisted long-time collaborator (and former bandmate)Shane Meadows to direct a live performance of Although We All Are Lost filmed in their native Midlands countryside. Hemming promises that fans of the band can expect to hear this song, plus “whatever they ask for, so long as the three of us can work out an arrangement.”

Hope abounds

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Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.

Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.

Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left.  Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.

If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.

Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if  this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue. 

  • All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
  • Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
  • Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
  • If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email info@acapela.co.uk

Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN  7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.  

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