August 14, 2023
Photo by Joe Sing.

Welsh alternative rock trio The Joy Formidable have released a brand new single. Entitled Cut Your Face, it is the first of three to be issued ahead of a UK tour in September.

Cut Your Face is a reminder to myself that even in shyness, when that voice is telling you to hide away, that what I really want is deep, authentic connection,” states singer Ritzy Bryan. “The only way to satisfy that longing is to be vulnerable, messy and imperfect…and life is all the more beautiful because of it.”

The band’s Cradle You Again tour commences on 20th September and includes several shows that were originally due to take place in the spring.

  • 20.09.23  GLASGOW King Tuts
  • 21.09.23  LEEDS Wardrobe
  • 22.09.23  MANCHESTER Academy 3
  • 23.09.23  OXFORD O2 Academy 2
  • 24.09.23  BRISTOL Fleece
  • 26.09.23  CARDIFF The Globe
  • 27.09.23  NORWICH Epic Studios
  • 28.09.23  LONDON Clapham Grand *
  • 30.09.23  PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
  • 01.10.23  NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms

*with the Wolf Orchestra

The tour is preceded with appearances at the Beautiful Days Festival in Devon (18th-20th August) and Outwith Festival in Dunfermline (9th-10th September), dates in Taunton and Sheffield with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and their own pre-tour headlining show in Aberdeen. Full details plus ticket info can be found HERE.

Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan, bassist/vocalist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas, The Joy Formidable are originally from North Wales and currently split their time between there and Utah, “in the middle of nowhere” and the closest thing they could find in the USA to their home turf. Nevertheless, they have remained close to their loyal fanbase and launched TJF Music Club in 2019, with members able to request Backstage access, watch online shows and get exclusive songs and merchandise. It grew and evolved during the subsequent pandemic.

They released their most recent album, Into The Blue, in 2021, touring it extensively in North America. Commenting on what will be their first full UK tour in four years, Ritzy continues: “We are so looking forward to reconnecting with our UK fans again after a long time away. Our live shows are so special to us and we will be celebrating all our releases across this tour, including a special one night only orchestral show at the beautiful Clapham Grand. The Cradle You Again tour is a collective ‘cwtch’ to all our fans and a thank you for supporting us across the years.”

Ritzy Bryan – lead vocals, guitar
Rhydian Dafydd – bass, vocals
Matt Thomas – drums, percussion


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