Royal Albert Hall – Thursday, November 1 (On Sale June 29)
World Party has announced details of their first proper UK live dates in ten years culminating with a huge show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, November 1. The group will first play the Assembly Rooms in Leamington Spa on October 28 and the Academy in Oxford on October 29 before heading to the capital. The shows will follow an official UK release for Arkeology- a massive, 5 CD collection of 70 never-before-heard tracks – on August 27. Tickets for Leamington Spa and Oxford go on sale June 27 and the Royal Albert Hall on June 29.
The news marks the return for Karl Wallinger/World Party after Wallinger’s recuperation from an aneurysm and the acquisition of Wallinger’s entire back catalogue from EMI. Formed in 1986, as Wallinger’s solo project, (previously of cult heroes The Waterboys), World Party carried the torch for intelligent pop and outstanding live musicianship. The group amassed five critically acclaimed albums over its history, including the Grammy nominated Goodbye Jumbo, (Wallinger’s take on Carl Jung) which won the first ever Q Magazine “Album of the Year” award in 1990 and a series of hit singles, most notably"She’s the One", written after the death of Wallinger’s mother, and subsequently recorded by Robbie Williams, earning Williams a No.1 and Brit Award.
Now operating with Wallinger’s own label Seaview,Arkeology is at once a new album – with songs finished as recently as 2011 – and an unreleased, unheard history of rare studio gems, live sessions, concert recordings, radio interviews, covers, demos and B-sides. Spanning the band’s 25-year history, new songs showcase some of Wallinger’s strongest work to-date, whilst others offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Wallinger’s quirky humour and love of studio experimentation with several genre-bending demos, some recorded as early as 1985. Elsewhere, live versions of familiar hits – including an ascendant crowd sing-along of “Ship of Fools” – capture the band at some of its finest moments.
The entire collection is packaged in the Any Year Diary, a 142-page, full-colour day calendar for fans’ personal use that features rare photos, clips of articles, and World Party memorabilia from Wallinger’s personal archives, as well as his notes and commentary about various shows and recordings. “The reason it’s all inside an any-year diary,” Wallinger says, “is because I just got so sick of the CD packaging, but I wanted to create something that you could hold and get lost in. It was my way of making something useful and interesting!”
World Party UK headline dates are as follows:
Sunday, October 28 Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms £22.50
Monday, October 29 Oxford Oxford Academy £22.50
Thursday, November 1 London Royal Albert Hall £25/£35/£45/£55
“I looked for a rubbish bit but couldn’t find it,sorry. In fact, the more you leaf through Arkeology while the CDs spin, the more its very existence feels like Wallinger’s grandly melodic Fuck You to everything and everyone who’s ever tried to shut him up” -Word Magazine
"Arkeology is really beautiful. It’s great to hear all these songs, and the new songs are great as well!" -Stereogum