The Streets have reformed for a greatest hits tour called The Darker The Shadow The Brighter Light, with tour dates across the UK in April 2018.
They kick off in their native Birmingham on 19 April, then hit, Glasgow, Leeds, and Manchester before ending with a double bill in Brixton Academy. See full details below.
Mike Skinner, who formed the group in 1994, has kept busy with DJ sets in recent years, but the craving for a full Streets show has always been there among fans, of which there are many very passionate ones:
I'll sell my own sisters to get tickets to the streets new tour, I don't care— Luke Quinlan (@lukequinlan_) October 9, 2017
The streets announcing a tour what a day to be alive— brenDON (@brenavfc1994) October 9, 2017
The fact that this show comes so long after they last played live (seven years!) means the thirst is definitely there. The atmosphere in the venues will be more palpable than ever because The Streets influence has spread to the extent they're now readily appreciated as one of the most essential bands of the noughties.
Ultimately, it's the first two album's that are the band's most fruitful period, and what people are going to want to hear most. Original Pirate Material, released in 2002, spawned some classics with Mike Skinner's poetic meditations on the most banal side of Blair's Britain and was readily devoured by music fanatics glued to their couches with MTV2.
A Grand Came For Free comes next and eschews the difficult second album rule. The highlights from it are 'Dry Your Eyes' out which went to number one and remains one of their most distinct, unique and beguiling tracks; 'Blinded By The Lights', which was brutally honest in a way that so much other pop music wouldn't dare be; and the more light-hearted 'Fit Don't You Know It' which is unfogettable once you've heard it.
The band also have tracks from Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything is Borrowed, Computers and Blues to work into their set when they play shows next year.
Of the reformation, Mike Skinner says: "I've missed tour buses very much. Which is the least of the reasons why I have decided to tour The Streets again. The other thing I’ve missed is trying to think up what I’m going to say in the gap between the songs. When you DJ they tell you that you don’t need a tour bus and you don’t need to think up things to say between the songs. But seriously, it’s been long enough. With my Tonga parties, the new rap and grime MC’s I have been producing and the DJing, I have been living with music since making The Streets for nearly as long as I made The Streets. I’m not the guy smoking in the car anymore though, I have become the guy in the club, so I hope I will be excused for putting on after parties in nightclubs after every show”.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, 9am. Check here for details
19 April Birmingham O2 Academy
20 April Glasgow O2 Academy
21 April Manchester O2 Apollo
23 April Leeds O2 Academy
25 April London O2 Academy Brixton
26 April London O2 Academy Brixton
27 April London 02 Academy Brixton* extra date added