Doves have announced a UK tour for 2021, which will be their first venue tour in 12 years.
The Mancunian three-piece returned last year for a string of comeback gigs, including a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust. They released their first new single in 11 years back in June, with the band describing ‘Carousels’ to NME as “a great mission statement”.
The band’s long-awaited fifth studio album The Universal Want is set for release on September 11. Frontman Jimi Goodwin told the NME: “I just know that we’ve made a really good Doves record that represents where we are and where we’ve been for the past 11 years.”
“It’s probably the most organically-made Doves record. No one was second-guessing it. It was born out of chatting to each other over email. I was meant to be doing my next solo record and they were supposed to be doing a new Black Rivers album. We started pooling all our material and the material that we couldn’t work into shape on the last record Kingdom Of Rust.”
“Time really does fly and I can’t believe it’s been 11 years,” he continued. “We’re friends at the end of the day, and we just clicked back into place like it was yesterday. It’s nice to have had that space between the records. It was starting to feel like punching the clock a little bit before we took a break.”
Doves have this morning confirmed details of the album’s accompanying UK tour. Kicking off in Cardiff on March 21, 2021, the tour will conclude with a date in Glasgow at the Barrowland on April 10, 2021.
Doves play the following UK tour dates in 2021:
21 – University Great Hall, Cardiff
22 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
23 – UEA, Norwich
25 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
26 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
29 – O2 Academy, Bristol
30 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
1 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
2 – Rock City, Nottingham
3 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
5 – Eventim Olympia, Liverpool
9 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
10 – Barrowland, Glasgow.