Sparks announce 3 UK shows in May 2018
Tickets will go on general sale at 9AM (GMT) on Friday 19th January.
Ticket links: allsparks.com/calendar/
Tuesday 22nd Glasgow O2 ABC
Wednesday 23rd Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday 24th London O2 Kentish Town Forum.
Sparks, Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael, kick off 2018 by announcing 3 UK shows in May.
“We’re extremely thrilled to continue the celebration of Hippopotamus live in concert with all our UK fans. The joy you expressed last year was overwhelming. Bring on 2018!
‘Hippopotamus’, their 23rd album, received unanimous acclaim and a UK Top 10 hit on its release in September 2017, subsequently appearing in many Album Of The Year lists.
★★★★★ The Times | ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★★ Daily Express | ★★★★★ Record Collector
★★★★ Mojo | ★★★★ Guardian | Classic Pop – 9/10 | Uncut – 8/10
The accompanying world tour saw Sparks and their band play a set that was euphoric, vital, brilliant and uncompromisingly typical of a band that refuses to rest on their laurels. The new songs (from ‘Hippopotamus’ including ‘Edith Piaf Said It Better Than Me’, ‘What The Hell Is It This Time?’ & ‘Missionary Position’) sounded like classics, the classics (including ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us’, ‘Amateur Hour’ and ‘The Number One Song In Heaven’) sounded as vibrant and essential as ever, and audiences, and critics, were left in no doubt this genre-hopping band is on sparkling form.
★★★★★ The Times (What a band)| ★★★★★ The Independent (one of the most innovative outfits in pop) | Record Collector (What a night) | ★★★★★ Classic Pop (The Mael brothers burn up the place) | Classic Rock (A brilliant night) | ★★★★★ The Skinny (a band performing at their absolute best)
Further continental European headline shows and European festivals will be announced soon.
Since storming into the UK charts, minds and TV sets in 1974 with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us, Sparks have consistently created genre defying music and inspired – and continue to inspire and influence – generations of artists. Released on BMG, ‘Hippopotamus’ has been universally acclaimed with many critics declaring it to be one of the finest albums of the year and the pinnacle of the band’s career. Written, recorded and produced by Sparks ‘Hippopotamus’ is released on digital, CD, LP, picture disc and cassette formats.