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Land Yacht Regatta (LYR)

Land Yacht Regatta (LYR) – sets Armitage’s spoken vocals to music from Richard Walters and Patrick Pearson. For full information, music videos, tour dates, social media links and to sign up for the LYR newsletter, please visit

LYR’s new Lockdown track features Florence Pugh, and Pete Wareham of Melt Yourself Down. The song was recorded and filmed remotely at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is released digitally by the label Mercury KX,

Please find the donation button on the above link because proceeds from the release will go to Refuge, a UK-based charity providing specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

LYR’s debut album, Call in the Crash Team, is out June 26,

Lockdown is a new song by LYR, featuring Florence Pugh and Pete Wareham of Melt Yourself Down. The song is set to a poem by poet laureate Simon Armitage, written in response to the coronavirus restrictions. ‘Lockdown’ moves from the outbreak of bubonic plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in the 17th century – when a bale of cloth sent from London inadvertently brought fleas carrying the plague – to the poem Meghadūta by the Sanskrit poet Kālidāsa, which follows the legend in which an exile sends words of reassurance to his wife in the Himalayas via a passing cloud.

Music video by LYR performing Lockdown, directed by Daniel Broadley. © 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited. 





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