Blur frontman to play London and beyond
Andrew Trendell
09:06 12th February 2014

Damon Albarn has announced a string of London and European shows to launch his debut solo album, Everyday Robots. Dates and ticket details are below. 

The Blur frontman turned solo star will play two intimate London shows in April at the Rivoli Ballroom, before heading to the iconic People’s Palace at The Great Hall, Queen Mary University of London. He'll be joined by a backing band that includes guitarist Seye, drummer Pauli The PSM, bassist Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith on keyboards.

Watch the video for 'Everyday Robots below

As well his newly revealed run of European shows, Albarn has also been confirmed to be headling the BBC 6 Music Festival in February.  Latitude 2014 in July. 

Everyday Robots will be released on 28 April, 2014, and features collaborations with Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan.

The Blur and Gorillaz frontman describes the album his "most soul-searching and autobiographical yet, explores nature versus technology."

Damon Albarn's full 2014 tour dates are below. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 14 January. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

30th April The Rivoli Ballroom, LONDON
1st May The Great Hall at Queen Mary University of London, LONDON
3rd May SOS 4.8 Festival, SPAIN
5th May Alhambra, PARIS
27th June Down The Rabbit Hole Festival, NL
3rd July Werchter Festival, BELGIUM
4th July Roskilde Festival, DENMARK
19th July Latitude Festival, UK

Below: From Damon Albarn to Tame Impala - why Latitude 2014 is going to be amazing

  • Tame Impala: The Aussie psych rockers have become a favourite at festivals around the world - especially since the release of 2012 universally acclaimed Lonerism. They're the perfect summer booking for Latitude.

  • Bombay Bicycle Club: They don't come much more festival ready than BBC. This is going to be super fun.

  • Hall and Oates: Oh Latitude, you make our dreams come true.

  • Slowdive: Indie fans rejoiced when the 90s shoegaze kings announced their reunion last month. Expect a heroes' welcome down at Suffolk in July.

  • Agnes Obel: Haunting melancholy from one of Denmark's finest. What better way to wind away a dusty Suffolk afternoon?

  • Julia Holter: Few people have heard her third album, Loud City Song, without falling in love. That's a fact.

  • Jungle: Blog dominators and tipped for huge things in the world of dance in 2014, prepare to feel The Heat at Latitude.

  • Damien Jurado: More fire, brimstone and a whole lotta soul from Seattle.

  • Valerie June: The Memphis blues never sounded so good.

  • Koreless: More intricate twitch brilliance from the good folks at Young Turks.

  • East India Youth: Combining Krautrock, sweet electronica and ambient sounds, this chap is destined for huge things. He's even found a fan in Brian Eno.

  • Kwabs: Like your R&B dark and inventive? Well, you're in luck if you're off to Latitude

  • Eagulls: These Leeds noise-rockers have been tearing America a new one lately. They're coming home to make Latitude a hell of a lot louder.

  • Fat White Family: Latitude is renowned for its calm cleanliness. This lot, are not. This should be pretty interesting.

  • Damon Albarn: The genre-defying Blur and Gorillaz frontman is finally going solo. Excerpts from Everyday Robots make it sound like a typically dynamic but diverse affair, and all signs point towards it being awesome. As his exclusive UK festival appearance, this is not a show to be missed (but fingers crossed for a few Blur tracks too)

  • Royksopp and Robyn: You're getting two for the price of one with this performance. After announcing a 2014 joint tour, the team are now set to perform together at Latitude. They've already collaborated on 2009 song 'The Girl and the Robot', and predict "one helluva ride" for their live shows together.

  • Nils Frahm: You're unlikely to hear this German musician and composer's music on Radio 1's chart show, but his instrumental sound captivates audiences. "Every space I perform in has its own magic and spirit" he says.

  • Son Lux: Ryan Lott, aka Son Lux, was wasted in the world of advert jingles in which he worked from 2007 until 2012. In 2012 he contributed to the orchestrations of the soundtrack to 'Looper', but its his solo music that he'll be showcasing in his Latitude set. Son Lux has been performing his solo music, which is a mix of post-rock and alternative hip hop, since 2008.

  • San Fermin. Named after a Spanish festival (which includes the spectacularly cruel running of the bulls, hence the band's artwork), San Fermin was created by Brooklyn based composer Ellis Ludwig-Leon. Contributions from Passion Pit and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, combined with the classical composition that Ludwig-Leone is trained in, results in a surprising and complex sound.

  • Willis Earl Beal: Described by NME as "the most fascinating outsider in the game", Beal's musical style travels through folk, via R&B, with a short stop at gospel. Beal got through to the boot-camp stage of The X Factor USA, before dropping out. Very good call.

  • Marika Hackman: Though she's quite a successful model (she was part of a high-profile Burberry campaign), Hackman insists that she's "never been interested in fashion. I want to be taken seriously as a songwriter." Though she's not made it big yet, her music is sincere and promising, putting an unsettling spin on modern folk music. In a good way.

  • Cass McCombs: Born in California, the singer-songwriter has led a nomadic existence for most of his adult life. His music is gentle but powerful, and he has seven albums to draw from. McCombs has also stated that his tombstone will read "Home At Last." You've got a Latitude performance to be getting on with first, Cass.

  • Goat: No, the goat that went viral doing the screaming bits of Taylor Swift's 'Trouble' is not going on tour. They're an experimental rock and fusion group from Sweden. Though the seven members have been playing together since they were children, and doing live shows for many years, they only released their first album in 2012. They're also one of those bands that wear masks when they perform, for reasons that are "hard to explain in English."

  • Anna Calvi: It won't be a performance that'll have you jumping up and down, but it'll certainly be atmospheric. With a penchant for atmospheric guitar-playing and male flamenco outfits, her live shows have been described as possessing "superb self-possession and dramatic timing".

  • Haim: It's been a big year for Haim. Since winning BBC's Sound of 2013, their popularity has crept up on everyone somewhat. Described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B", the Californian band's debut album 'Days Are Gone' reached No.1 in the UK. Their pool of music may be small, but it is mighty.

  • Phosphorescent: Phospherescent is actually one man - American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. Since releasing his first album ten years ago, his music has proved popular with Hollywood as well as music-lovers, with his songs used in Margin Call and The Vow. It's no surprise really, his music has a quietly uplifting quality, which will be a joy to witness live. With seven albums under his belt, he'll surely be able to dig out the best for a set of gold.

  • Billy Bragg: A perfect addition to a festival that's hippy and liberal - even if it is self-consciously so. The left-wing activist blends folk, punk and protest music to make songs, like 'Between the wars' that are socially aware without being preachy, and upbeat rather than humourless.

  • Two Door Cinema Club: They may have never had a single that reached the top 20, but Two Door Cinema Club have gathered a loyal fanbase over recent years, and quite rightly. Their combination of fast-paced, catchy melodies and intriguingly weird lyrics makes for a memorable live experience. It's worth it just to hear 35,000 people trying to sing along to 'Something Good Can Work.'

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