Adrian Utley – The Passion of Joan of Arc at Shakespeares Globe & Wells Cathedral


Adrian Utley will be performing alongside Will Gregory and the 23 piece orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood at 2 UK shows this year….

Shakespeares Globe on September 19th

Wells Cathedral on October 7th

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial and execution during her captivity in France.

Posted by sandbag on 8/08/16

Geoff Barrow

Geoff is fundraising for Breast Cancer Care

Posted by sandbag on 19/07/16

Jason Hazeley in Calais….

As well as playing keyboards with Portishead, Jason writes books and recently went out to Calais, read below……

This week, I spent a paltry 48 hours in Calais, doing anything I could to join the effort to help the thousands of refugees stuck there.
It wasn’t enough.
L’Auberge des Migrants, the huge warehouse and volunteer community that feeds 2,000 people a day thanks to donations, was one of the two places I visited. To do so is the most colossally humbling experience. People with skills I can only gawp at — building, cooking, sewing — doing everything they can. With not enough.
The Jungle, a place on the constant choke chain of the authorities, surviving nonetheless. Cafés, shops, places of worship, a school, libraries, barbers, a bike repair place. Children have been born there. People wearing shoes and clothes they were gifted — some of whom are doctors or lawyers; the kind of professional you’d ordinarily rope in to sign your passport form — and yet a guy from Sudan pleaded with us for the one thing he’d like more than anything in the world: a chair. A CHAIR. He may not have sat in a chair for six months, for all I know. We didn’t have a chair. Not enough.
What a waste of human resources. Doctors, anyone? Someone who speaks English, Arabic, Russian and French, yet lives in second-hand shoes, anyone?
What an obscene cartoon of human rights. One of the new rules is NO WOOD ALLOWED. So homes are routinely built from branches and ground sheet and anything lying around. Including spent tear gas canisters. The indignity is fucking staggering.
And yet, what a jawdropping effort is underway there. I met so many people whose simple act of helping made me feel about as useless as I’ve ever felt — David, Lesley, Tom, Hayley, Tina, Ollie, Katerina, Anna — their constant efforts are fucking incredible. They won’t agree; modesty will win. But they are.
Nothing we can do is enough.
The south half of The Jungle has been demolished, apart from the school and the church. The north half survives. But these people need money and NOW. It means survival to them. It means food and shelter. 30 more people turn up every day. The kid who hung around our van for an hour on Tuesday eventually got a Lego set because it needed offing. To him, living somewhere with next to fuck all infrastructure and fly-squatted dead rats baking in the sun, that was a dream. And it’s not enough.
Give some money. You can. You can give something every month. Doesn’t need to be much. Even if you give all you can afford, it’s not enough. So give something. Please.

Posted by sandbag on 8/07/16

Portishead SOS

Posted by sandbag on 22/06/16

PRS for Music Ivor Novello Award – Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Ivor Novello Award

Posted by sandbag on 25/05/16

Beak dates – Summer 2016

May 25th Brighton UK – Bleach
May 27th Antwerp Belgium – Trix Club
May 29th Paris, France – Villette Sonique
June 2nd Barcelona, Spain – Primavera
June 8th Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew
June 10th Porto, Portugal – Primavera
June 17th Lucerne, Switzerland – B-Sides Festival
June 19th Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret
June 25th Glastonbury, UK
Aug 20th Green Man Festival, UK

Posted by sandbag on 12/05/16

High Rise in UK cinemas tomorrow, March 18th

Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise is in UK cinemas from March 18th. 
Portishead recorded their cover of the Abba song SOS specifically for the film and not for general release. 
Inevitably there will be low quality bootleg versions but if you’d like to hear it within the film you can check your local cinema screening times here…..
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Posted by sandbag on 17/03/16

Portishead News

We have contributed a track to the new Ben Wheatley film High Rise which is the Empire Gala at London Film Festival on Friday 9th October at the Odeon Leicester Square.

The track is a cover version of Abba’s SOS.

Posted by sandbag on 8/10/15

PORTISHEAD announce Latitude warm up show at Cardiff University – Thursday 16 July

Tickets on sale – Tuesday 14 July – 9am GMT

Portishead have announced that they will play a headline show at Cardiff University this Thursday 16 July which will serve as a warm up show to their headline slot at Latitude Festival on Saturday 18 July.

Tickets will be available to buy from 9am on Tuesday 14 July from the below links:

Cardiff University –

Bristol Ticket Shop – Physical tickets can be purchased inside the shop at 41 High Street, Bristol BS1 2AT

See –

Posted by sandbag on 13/07/15

Montreux Jazz Festival

Portishead are playing Montreux Jazz Festival’s Stravinski Hall on July 10th.
Tickets on sale 9am GMT Friday 17th April –

Posted by sandbag on 16/04/15