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Passenger releases Hell or High Water as lead single from new album Runaway

The new album will be released in August.

Credit: Black Crow

Passenger’s new single Hell or High Water has an impact date of 13th July but it’s already been added to BBC Radio 2’s Playlist.

The lead single from new album Runaway, released on 31st August 2018, Hell or High Water has already amassed more than 10 million streams.

“The song is a personal inquisition,” says Rosenberg of Hell Or High Water. “I came out of a relationship a few years ago, and I was just baffled by it. Was it something I’d done? Something she’d done? The video was shot in various national parks – Monument Valley, Valley Of Fire, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. These epic and vast landscapes really help to portray a feeling of being lost in a hopeless quest for answers.”


Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, will support Runaway with an extensive world tour. Over the weekend he headlined the inaugural Black Deer Festival on Sunday night.

The UK leg of the tour kicks off in August and takes in dates all over the country with sold-out shows at London, Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Passenger will then head to the US for a lengthy tour there.

Runaway is Passenger’s 10th album in 11 years and it was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo. Talking about the American influence the record has, “My dad is American,” Rosenberg explains, “and we used to go over every other summer when we were kids. I always loved it. I guess I was seduced by it a little bit. It was such a culture shock coming from England.”

The album is released on CD, Vinyl LP and download with Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Deluxe Digital formats available that include Live Acoustic versions of the album recorded across North America.

Passenger ‘Runaway’, track listing:

1. Hell Or High Water
2. Why Can’t I Change
3. Heart To Love
4. Let’s Go
5. Eagle Bear Buffalo
6. Ghost Town
7. Runaway
8. He Leaves You Cold
9. To Be Free
10. Survivors

Deluxe formats include original album plus bonus disc/tracks:

1. Survivors – Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, OR
2. To Be Free – Live from Dauphin Rd, Vineland, NJ
3. Eagle Bear Buffalo – Live from Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, UT
4. Runaway – Live from Joshua Tree National Park, CA
5. Ghost Town – Live from Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI
6. He Leaves You Cold – Live from Unityville, PA
7. Let’s Go – Live from Trough Rd State Bridge, CO
8. Heart To Love – Live from a rooftop in Manhattan, NY
9. Why Can’t I Change – Live from Tahkenitch Landing Campground, Gardiner, OR
10. Hell Or High Water – Live from Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles, CA

You can see Passenger live at the following dates:

Festival dates:

July 5 – BluesFest, Ottawa, Canada
July 6 – Festival D’Été International, Quebec, Canada
July 8 – Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
July 14 – Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Vancouver, Canada
July 26 – Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Canada
July 28 – LL Bean Summer Series, Freeport, ME, USA
July 29 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport – RI, USA
Aug 2 – A Summers Tale, Luhmühlen, Germany
Aug 4 – Ronquières Festival, Ronquières, Belgium
Aug 5 – Dranouter Festival, Belgium

Headline European Tour:

Aug 29 – Edinburgh, Queens Hall (SOLD OUT)
Aug 30 – Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
Sept 1 – Dublin, Vicar Street
Sept 2 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sept 4 – Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sept 5 – Birmingham, O2 Institute (SOLD OUT)
Sept 8 – London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)
Sept 9 – Brighton, Dome (SOLD OUT)
Sept 15 – Munich, Tonhalle
Sept 17 – Zurich, Volkshaus
Sept 18 – Milan, Alcatraz
Sept 21 – Copenhagen, VEGA
Sep 22 – Stockholm, Göta Lejon
Sept 24 – Berlin, Astra
Sept 26 – Amsterdam, AFAS Live
Sept 27 – Koln, Live Music Hall
Sept 29 – Antwerp, Trix (SOLD OUT)
Sept 30 – Paris, YOYO

Headline North America Tour:

Oct 13 – Nashville Cannery Ballroom
Oct 14 – Atlanta Buckhead Theatre
Oct 16 – Washington 9.30 Club
Oct 18 – New York Brooklyn Steel
Oct 19 – Boston Paradise Rock Club
Oct 21 – Montreal Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Oct 23 – Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver Gothic Theatre
Oct 30 – Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Oct 31 – Seattle Showbox @ The Market
Nov 2 – Portland Crystal Ballroom
Nov 4 – San Francisco The Fillmore
Nov 6 – Los Angeles The Belaboo


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