With their eagerly anticipated eleventh album ‘Foreverland’ due for release 2nd September, The Divine Comedy have announced 18 U.K. & Irish dates as part of a full European tour. The band, led by the multi-talented Neil Hannon will hit stages all across the U.K this October, with further dates including a stop off at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in early 2017.
Masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Hannon, The Divine Comedy hail from the town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. Irish fans therefore will be looking forward to the Dublin show - the only Irish date announced so far - which is set to take place on 26th February 2017. Tickets on sale at 9am this Friday, 20th May from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Since The Divine Comedy’s inception in 1989, Neil Hannon has time and again proved to be one of the U.K.’s best and most original songwriters. New album 'Foreverland' exemplifies this, with references to everything from Catherine The Great to the French Foreign Legion.
Says Neil of the new record: "it's about meeting your soul mate and living happily ever after... and then what comes after happily ever after. Get ready for the most historically inaccurate hit of the summer".
'Foreverland' follows on from 2010's 'Bang Goes The Knighthood', with Hannon busying himself in the intervening years with various outside projects. He co-wrote a second album for acclaimed cricket-themed project, The Duckworth Lewis Method, composed a choral work for the Royal Festival Hall's newly renovated organ entitled 'To Our Fathers In Distress', and oversaw the transfer of his musical, Swallows And Amazons, to the West End stage.
For more information go to www.thedivinecomedy.com
The Divine Comedy 2016 / 2017 U.K. and Ireland dates:
7 Oct - Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
8 Oct - Cardiff, Tramshed
9 Oct - Bristol, St. Georges
11 Oct - Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall
12 Oct - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
14 Oct - Liverpool, St. George’s Hall
15 Oct - Sheffield, The Foundry
16 Oct - Scunthorpe, Baths Hall
17 Oct - Newcastle, Sage Gateshead
19 Oct - Leamington Spa, Assembly Rooms
20 Oct - Cambridge, Junction
21 Oct - Folkstone, Quarterhouse
22 Oct - Norwich, Open
24 Oct - Birmingham, Town Hall
25 Oct - Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
21 Feb - Londond, Palladium
25 Feb - Manchester, Albert Hall
26 Feb - Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre