When Rivers Meet come to Southampton’s The 1865 this month

When Rivers Meet come to Southampton’s The 1865 this month

Award-winning blues rock duo When Rivers Meet have recently released “Perfect Stranger” the second single taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated third album “Aces Are High” released later this summer.

The new single coincides with their “Breaker of Chains” UK headline tour which kicked off on 28 April with a sold-out hometown concert at the Colchester Arts Centre, and comes to Southampton’s The 1865 on May 13.

“We wanted to write a song about our relationship and how we first met,” says WRM’s lead singer and mandolin player Grace Bond. “Our relationship is intense and creative. We wanted to write a song that reflects that tension throughout.”

Photos by Peter Nicolson of WRM supporting Reef.

Regarding the forthcoming album the duo say, “As our music is progressing, we’re finding our sound even more.  When we went in the studio this time, we’ve never been so sure on what we wanted to create—we had a really clear vision and have stuck to it.”

“Before we held back on being too rocky, but this time we allowed ourselves to create what we wanted to hear, without restricting ourselves. We also allowed ourselves to express the different colours to our music with tracks like ‘Golden’ and ‘By Your Side’, so this album has more extremes.  We still call upon our influences from all the years but remain true to ourselves to create music we love.”

Since their formation in 2019, the husband-and-wife duo Grace Bond (vocals, mandolin, violin) and Aaron Bond (vocals, guitar) have been quick to prove themselves one of the most exciting names in British blues rock. Blending Americana, folk, blues, and rock in a distinctly unique manner, they have been showered with many awards and accolades.


When Rivers Meet were the first band to win four awards at the UK Blues Awards 2021 and another three awards in 2022, including Blues Band Of The Year on both occasions. In 2023, WRM won Blues Band Of The Year, making them the only band to win this category three years in a row, and the only band to be inducted into the UK Blues Awards Hall Of Fame for this category.

In 2021 When Rivers Meet were voted Best New Band at Planet Rock’s The Rocks Awards, and in 2022 won Planet Rock’s Blues Power Award and Album Of The Year Award with “Saving Grace.”

When Rivers Meet developed a powerful live reputation and with their first headline tour last year, which they played to capacity crowds across the country.

WRM just finished supporting Reef on their UK tour, before heading out on their own headline tour. This summer, the band have been announced to play a number of festivals.

Details of their UK tour, with special guest Arielle, are below.

For tickets and more information, visit: WHENRIVERSMEET.CO.UK/TOUR 



Bristol Fleece

Thursday 11 May 2023


Birmingham, Asylum
Friday 12 May 2023


Southampton, 1865
Saturday 13 May 2023


Tavistock, Wharf
Sunday 14 May 2023


Barnard Castle, The Witham (Last Few)
Friday 19 May 2023


Glasgow, The Garage
Saturday 20th May 2023


Newcastle, University Students Union
Sunday 21 May 2023


Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (Last Few)
Thursday 25 May 2023


Bradford, Nightrain
Friday 26 May 2023


Manchester, Academy 3
Saturday 27 May 2023


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