Fontaines D.C. have announced new UK tour dates for May 2021. The new dates will also include the band’s biggest headline UK show to-date at London’s Alexandra Palace.
7th May – Manchester Academy
10th May – Leicester De Montfort Hall
11th May – Leeds O2 Academy
12th May – Newcastle O2 City Hall
14th May – Glasgow Barrowland
17th May – Cambridge Corn Exchange
18th May – Sheffield O2 Academy
20th May – Birmingham O2 Academy
21st May – Cardiff Great Hall
22nd May – Bristol O2 Academy
24th May – Bournemouth O2 Academy
25th May – Southampton O2 Guildhall
27th May – London Alexandra Palace
Tickets are on sale Friday July 3rd at 9AM BST at fontainesdc.com, metropolismusic.com, seetickets.com and ticketmaster.co.uk – but fans can gain access to artist pre-sale on Wednesday July 1st 9AM BST by pre-ordering the album from the band’s official store or signing up to their mailing list at fontainesdc.com.
NHS staff and Key Workers will also have the chance to secure free tickets to the shows, with 50 being made available at all regional events, and a further 200 for London’s Alexandra Palace. Tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis, and anyone wishing to apply must email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00pm BST on Tuesday June 30th, listing their profession and the show they want to attend. Tickets will be limited to 2 per customer. ID will be required.
The news of the tour follows the announcement of the band’s second LP A Hero’s Death, and comes right after their performance on Later… with Jools Holland earlier this month. Watch their remote performance here.
A Hero’s Death’ was produced in London by Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes). The band announced the album alongside the title track, which features a music video that stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders). Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
The band have also recently shared the opening track from the album. With its lonely intensity, I Don’t Belong stands in stark relief to the swagger that kicked off their debut album last year (Big). The song is also accompanied by a music video directed remotely by FDC bassist Connor Deegan III. Watch here.
‘Dogrel’ debuted Top 10 on the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold out tours in the UK and abroad – including triumphantly selling out London Brixton Academy in just 1 week. The Guardian (who gave the album 5 stars) praised ‘Dogrel’ as being “brilliant, top to bottom,” The FADER called Fontaines D.C. “One of the most exciting new bands around,” and NME (who also gave ‘Dogrel’ 5 stars) called them “One of guitar music’s most essential new voices.” Watch a clip from their instantly legendary Glastonbury set here.