Punk and post-punk icon Siouxsie Sioux, formerly of Siouxsie and the Banshees, will return to the stage for the first time in a decade as a headliner at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England in 2023.
Marking his first live concert since 2013’s Meltdown Festival, Sioux will headline the BBC Soundstage at the festival on July 23, joining fellow Pulp headliners Paolo Nutini and George Ezra at the festival, which will start from July 20 to 23.
Emerging from London’s early punk scene in the mid-1970s, Sioux formed Siouxsie and the Banshees with bassist Steve Severin in 1976, adding a number of band members in and out of the early days before landing the drummer of long Budgie, who was he has also been married to a Sioux for many years. Late Sex Pistols guitarist Sid Vicious temporarily played drums for the band on some of their earliest shows, and The Cure’s Robert Smith had a brief stint as Banshees guitarist from 1982 to 1984. (Smith and Severin also formed part-time posts short.-punk outfit The Glove in 1983.)
Over the years, from the band’s 1978 debut Screaming through RaptureSiouxsie and The Banshees emerged with the most unique arrangements of punk-psychedelia, influencing everyone from U2, Radiohead, The Smiths, PJ Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins, and Garbage, among others.
Siouxsie and the Banshees released their 11th and final album together, Rapturein 1995. When the Banshees disbanded in 1996, Sioux and Budgie returned to the experimental art-punk project they formed in 1981, The Creatures, and released one more album, Alive! before Sioux went on to explore his solo career in 2005.
Sioux released his solo album, Mantarayin 2007 and later recorded the song “Crime of Love,” for the television series Hannibal in 2015. His first song after eight years at that time, the song was written by him Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell.
Siouxsie and The Banshees’ 1981 hit, “Spellbound,” recently got a bit of a reboot when it aired on the fourth season of the Netflix series. Stranger things.
In October 2022, All Soulsa collection of The Banshees classics and rare Sioux arrangements was released.
Remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell and under the supervision of Sioux, the compilation features recordings of the band’s 1982 single “Fireworks,” as well as “Spellbound” and “Peek-a-Boo” and other rare recordings , including “El Dia De Los Muertos,” the B-song from “Last Beat Of My Heart,” “Supernatural Thing” from 1981’s “Arabian Knights,” and “Something Wicked (This Way Comes)” from that song. of “The Killing Pitcher.”
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