Funeral’s Farewell to Darran

Funeral for a Friend - Photograph courtesy of SJM Promotions

Funeral For A Friend will be playing 2 shows in July as an explosive celebration of outgoing guitarist Darran Smith’s time with the band.

The welsh quintet intend to play breakthrough album ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ in it’s entirety – plus a few extra little surprises to keep the audiences on their toes.

As drummer Ryan Richards explains – ‘As sad as we are to see Darran leave, these shows will be guaranteed to give him a great sendoff. We played ‘Casually Dressed..’ in it’s entirety when we toured it back in 2003/4 and never really planned to do that again, but obviously with it being Darran’s last shows it seems like a perfect opportunity to play the record for the final time. Don’t miss it!’

Darran himself chipped in with ‘I’m really excited about these shows, it’s gonna be great playing the whole of ‘Casually Dressed…’ plus they’re gonna be some of my last shows with Funeral & I’ll be goin’ out with a bang!’

Darren is leaving the band after this years’s Sonisphere Festival to concentrate on family life, while FFAF are reshuffling the ranks in time for the release of album #5. Current bassist Gavin Burroughs is moving to guitar, whilst Ex-Hondo Maclean/The Future bassist Richard Boucher has joined on four string.

The shows in July, along with Darran’s final show at this year’s Sonisphere Festival, promise to be absolutely spectacular, and a real treat for fans of these stalwarts of the UK music scene.

Thu 22 Jul: Cardiff, University

Fri 23 Jul: London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Hot newcomers Young Guns will be supporting Funeral at both these shows but all other details of the evening are being kept under wraps for now.

Tickets will be available exclusively from at 9am on Wednesday 19th May, 48 hours before they go on general sale.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens


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