Last week, Toronto rockers July Talk completed a Canadian tour that can be termed their biggest and best yet.
The group’s booking agent, Zaed Maqbool of United Talent Agency, tells FYI that “every single ticket to the tour was sold. Not one ticket remaining.”
July Talk played some major Canadian festivals in the summer, including Festival D'Été de Québec, Osheaga, XFest in Calgary and Sonic Boom in Edmonton, prior to the Sept. 9 release of their album Touch, on Sleepless Records/Island.
They played 14 European shows in September, followed by 13 US shows and then a cross-country Canadian trek that included two sold-out nights at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto (Oct. 28-29).
After a very short break, they’re back on the road, playing 25 US club dates between now and Feb 18, followed by a return to the UK and Europe for 11 shows, March 5-20.
Maqbool confirms that the ongoing July Talk tour is by far the group’s most extensive yet. "I remember for the longest time JT’s twitter bio was 'always on the road.' That never rang more true than for this album cycle."
He explains, “I’m the RA [responsible agent] and hold the overall calendar. My colleagues in the US and UK book those territories. I also handle the band in Asia, Australia and the rest of the world."
Maqbool notes that the European dates in September, “put July Talk on a couple of radars that were crucial to building more of a profile there.”
He adds, “seeing a band that has such a steep trajectory has been immensely exciting. Touch exceeded expectations. The best part of this band is that they are such a grounded, great bunch of people. I look forward to seeing where this cycle takes them.”
Maqbool recalls: “I was in LA at the El Rey when they played with Nothing But Thieves and was also at the two sold out Toronto Danforth shows. Good times.
"After the Danforth shows I flew out to London to see them play Wembley Arena to an even bigger crowd with Catfish and the Bottlemen. There was a night off between London and Dublin where they played a tiny club called The Fighting Cocks in Kingston, which is just outside of London. The show sold out instantly and the venue held no more than 120 people.
“The contrast between seeing them play to their hometown crowd - and then an arena - and then in a tiny club with the exact same ferocity, was something I won’t soon forget. The energy in that room was palpable and I was transported to the old days when I saw them playing in miniscule basement clubs. That show definitely stood out and we reminisced about the old days over some beers later that night.”
July Talk’s current heady success is a source of pride at UTA. The agency’s Jack Ross tells FYI that, “representing July Talk is a true labour of love for all of us at UTA. We couldn’t be more proud of the global success story they are having”.
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