Idlewild announce new album and 2015 tour


Band have announced release of new album Everything Ever Written and accompanying UK tour in 2015

Last night, Idlewild confirmed the release of a new album Everything Ever Written on 9 February 2015, as they previewed the lead track ‘Collect Yourself’ on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show. A subsequent European tour has been announced with five UK dates planned, including gigs in:

7 Mar – O2 ABC Glasgow
8 Mar – O2 ABC Glasgow
10 Mar – The Institute Birmingham
12 Mar – The Ritz Manchester
13 Mar – Roundhouse London

To celebrate, we look back on the rise to fame of one of Scotland’s most influential indie rock bands.

19-year-old Roddy Woomble meets drummer Colin Newton and guitarist Rod Jones at a house party in Edinburgh, and Idlewild takes seed.

The band release their debut single ‘Queen of the Troubled Teens’ in March, shortly after the addition of bassist Bob Fairfoull to the lineup. Subsequent (and chaotic) gigs in London garner favourable reviews from the likes of NME, who compared their live performances to ‘a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs’. On the release of single ‘Chandelier’, the band sign to EMI and quit their university courses.

Two years later and the band are invited to play at the launch of the Scottish Parliament in Princes Street Gardens.

Second album 100 Broken Windows is released, gaining them critical acclaim outside of the UK – American magazine Spin declared it was the ‘number one album you didn’t hear in 2000’.


A breakthrough year for the quartet, with their third album The Remote Part charting at number three in the UK and going gold, and the release of top 10 single ‘You Held The World In Your Arms’. Despite a change in the line-up (Fairfoull for Gavin Fox) they go on to support Coldplay on tour.

Idlewild play a series of opening gigs for the US leg of Pearl Jam’s Riot Act world tour (the bands later reunited in 2007 for a gig at Wembley Arena).

Idlewild are voted third best Scottish band of all time in a public poll run by The List, and fourth album Warnings/Promises is released. The band embark on a UK tour and open shows for U2, R.E.M. and The Pixies. Despite these triumphs the future seemed uncertain when their record deal of eight years ran out, and Fox quit the band.

Soon they were back on track and signed to Sequel, with Fox replaced by Astrid bassist Gareth Russell. Cue fifth album Make Another World, not as commercially successful as previous records but it reassured fans that their artistic intergrity remained fully intact (our reviewer called it ‘passionate, poetic, life-affirming rock which verges on perfection’).

Two greatest hits compilations are released: Scottish Fiction: Best of 1997–2007 and A Distant History: Rarieties 1997–2007, the second of is only available via download.

Roddy Womble announces that after a tour supporting their sixth album Post Electric Blues (released in 2009), the band would take a break.

Nearly 20 years after they met and a four year hiatus, the band confirm new album Everything Ever Written is to be released on 9 February 2015, followed by a UK and European tour.

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Fri 7 Nov. For full tour details and tickets see the listings below.

Idlewild - Album Trailer (Everything Ever Written)

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).


Formed in 1995 the current line-up includes Roddy Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitar), Andrew Mitchell (bass), Colin Newton (drums) and Luciano Rossi (keyboards). As well as releasing seven studio albums the band has supported some of the biggest names in indie rock including Ash, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers…

Button Factory, Dublin

Sat 13 Nov


Electric Brixton, London SW2

Sun 21 Nov

£22.50 / 020 7274 2290

Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Sun 14 Nov

£22.50 / 028 9024 9276

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