Live at Bath Pavilion – Saturday August 4th 2012
One of music’s seminal vocalists, Elizabeth Fraser is returning to the stage to play her first full shows since 1998. The former Cocteau Twins singer has chosen Bath Pavilion as the venue to debut new material, as well as performing re-interpretations of Cocteau Twins songs. The show is an intimate warm up for her two sold out nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall in August.
After the breakup of Cocteau Twins in 1998, Fraser continued to collaborate with a range of performers, including The Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong, Massive Attack (who she performed the classic song “Teardop” with and toured extensively with the band in 2006), and Peter Gabriel’s millennium project OVO. She has subsequently contributed to the soundtracks of several films, including In Dreams, Cruel Intentions, The Winter Guest and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
In May Elizabeth confirmed two dates as part of the Meltdown Festival 2012 at London’s Royal Festival Hall in August, curated by Antony Hegarty. She confirmed that she has assembled an album's worth of material and will showcase these at the event in addition to performing re-interpretations of some of the Cocteau Twins songs. Fraser also referred to the physical exertion involved in her singing against the wall of sound in many of the Cocteau Twins songs, of which she said it was "like an endurance test. I don't intend to do that again. I've been using my voice more gently." Antony Hegarty referred to Fraser agreeing to perform as "unprecedented" and said further "that's going to be probably one of the centerpieces of the festival, Liz Fraser doing two nights. It's a really, really big deal." Hegarty also described Fraser as one of the artists who "have used their platforms as cultural producers to challenge us . . . "