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June 30, 2016

The Levellers’ success continued throughout the 1990’s, with sell out tours and their debut on one of the main stages of the Glastonbury Festival.  Throughout 1993, the band worked on their second album Levellers which reached number 2 in the album charts. It contained This Garden, which peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

1994 saw the Levellers really hit the big time when their appearance at Glastonbury Festival attracted the biggest stagefront crowd that the event had ever seen. In 1994, the band purchased a derelict factory in Brighton, “The Metway”, and created a self-contained headquarters which they still own to this day. The buildings housed their offices, fan club, rehearsal area, a bar and a recording studio (initially equipped with gear bought from Tom Robinson). The move to The Metway (the name of the clock manufacturer who originally built the factory) enabled the band to operate on their own terms as far as possible and they still use the building. They are strong supporters of the Brighton music scene giving local, young and upcoming bands use of the studio and rehearsal facilities. Other acts including Orbital, Nick Cave and Electric Soft Parade have recorded at the studio in the past.

Number one and gold-selling album ‘Zeitgeist’ followed in 1995. The third single released from this album took the Levellers to their first Top of The Pops appearance, playing the tongue-in-cheek drinking anthem Just The One whilst dressed in tuxedos.

The band explored alternative guitar pop on 1997’s Mouth to Mouth, which featured the single What A Beautiful Day. This catchy slice of pop rock has since become a firm live favourite, reaching out far beyond the Levellers’ traditional fanbase and helping to form the name of their festival in the years to follow. The album entered the UK album chart at number 5 and spawned several more singles including Celebrate, Dog Train and Too Real.

Greatest hits collection One Way Of Life: The Very Best Of The Levellers hit the shelves in September 1998 and in 2005 the band released their seventh studio album Truth & Lies, the similarly rousing follow up to Green Blade Rising. The album, released on Eagle Records, catches the band in an upbeat mood, highlighted by the singles Make You Happy and Last Man Alive.

The Levellers celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2008 and released Letters From The Underground which debuted at 24 in the UK Album Charts.

Documentary ‘A Curious Life’, a film about the Levellers’ rise to fame in the 1990’s, premiered in June 2014. Told through the unique perspective of Jeremy Cunningham, the band’s bass player and artist, the film focuses on the Levellers phenomenal success between 1988 and 1998.

Levellers release their ‘Greatest Hits’ on 29th September 2014 via their own On The Fiddle Recordings label. Released both digitally and on CD/DVD, versions include every Levellers single and video released over the last 25 years together for the first time.

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