In the first of a series of Keane announcements, the band are pleased to release their UK tour dates beginning in May 2012. This will be their first UK tour in three years, the last of which culminated in two sold out O2 Arena shows.
On finishing the recording of the new album in February Keane announced two special shows at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, a location close to their hearts as it was both their teenage haunt and near to where the album was recorded. They announced the dates in the local paper only and within 5 minutes they were sold out. This will be the first time fans will hear new material.
Highly anticipated and years in the making the band recorded the album in the UK at Sea Fog, Ivor Novello Award winner Tim Rice-Oxley’s studio and are calling it their most personal record yet. Release details to be announced soon.
Four years have elapsed since Keane’s last album ‘Perfect Symmetry’; two since ‘Night Train’, the mini-LP which followed its three full-length predecessors to the top of the British album charts, securing them a place in pop history. If Keane’s feverishly loyal fanbase wondered what the group’s next album would sound like, they weren’t the only ones. In the eight years following the release of 2004’s 9× platinum Brit award winning ‘Hopes & Fears’, every Keane album has marked a clear progression from the previous one: the anxious emotional terrain mapped out by ‘Under The Iron Sea’; the iridescent poptimism of ‘Perfect Symmetry’ featuring the electro charged hit song ‘Spiralling’, voted Q Magazine’s 2008 Song Of The Year. Now a four piece, new member Jesse Quin, who collaborated with Rice-Oxley on Mt. Desolation, plays bass and has been playing live with the band since the release of ‘Perfect Symmetry’.
O.K. tour dates below:
Wednesday 23 Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 24 Glasgow O2 Academy
Friday 25 Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 29 Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 30 Manchester O2 Apollo
Monday 04 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 05 Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday 06 Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 08 London O2 Academy Brixton
£25 (£28.50 London)
Keane will also be playing at this year’s South By South West Festival:
Thursday 15th March – Filter party
Saturday 17th March – Stubbs
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