Rock ‘n’ roll is a religion, and GRAMMY® and BRITs award-winning icon DAVE STEWART has quite literally found its “church.”
The music legend’s own DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT has teamed up with U.K. national heritage charity THE CHURCHES CONSERVATION TRUST to bring a new kind of concert series, the fittingly titled “CHURCH KEYS,“ to life. Partnering with FULLER’S BREWERY, RAYMOND WEIL WATCHES, and THE BUDDY HOLLY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, “CHURCH KEYS” transforms historic, vacant churches in England into concert venues, hosting a myriad of modern acts across genres at more than 349 churches. York Press (6/27) called it, “Ground-breaking,” while Telegraph (6/25) claimed, “Now, empty churches are to be filled with the sound of pop, rock and folk music in a bid to make them the centres of the community once again.”
Masterminded by Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, Jono Hart and The Churches Conservation Trust, the idea is to exploit the building’s natural acoustics by turning them into venues for rock and pop concerts.After a year of meticulous planning and coordinating, “CHURCH KEYS” kicked off on Thursday June 16 with a sold-out show at All Saints’ Church in Langport just outside of Glastonbury. STEWART delivered a heavenly and hypnotic set alongside SQUEEZE‘s CHRIS DIFFORD, and NIK KERSHAW.
About “CHURCH KEYS,” DAVE STEWART comments, “These churches are part of the fabric of England’s history. The buildings themselves hold so many stories in their walls. We want to expand that legacy and give it a soundtrack. We have so much reverence for these spaces, and it’s an honor to showcase them in a different light.”
The church setting enables fans to get up-close-and personal with their favorite artists in a truly immersive setting where sound literally becomes rapturous amidst stunningly beautiful architecture. This revolutionary concept provides a truly different touring path for talent from around the globe. Each house of worship takes on the traditional aspects of a club gig, with a full merch set up and FULLER’S BREWERY providing bar service with a full range of beers. This is yet another extension of STEWART‘s lifelong pledge to foster and encourage the careers of emerging artists.
A list of presently confirmed “CHURCH KEY” dates can be found below. LAKE POETS–the moniker for acoustic singer and songwriter Martin Longstaff–whose current self-titled debut album was produced by Dave Stewart-embarked July 3 (in York) on a tour of churches across the U.K. Chris Difford (a founding member and songwriter of the British group Squeeze) will go on to headline the August 7 concert at Kings Lynn.
Later this fall, a special series of “CHURCH KEY”“By Candlelight” shows will kick off, with shows lit entirely by candles. Beyond these, Dave Stewart Entertainment is planning to launch similar projects of this realm around the world. Click here for additional details and to purchase tickets.