Wednesday 12 February 2014
Damon Albarn will be playing The Great Hall at Queen Mary on 1 May, to coincide with the release of his first solo album, Everyday Robots.
At one of only two intimate shows in London, Albarn will perform with a band including guitarist Seye, drummer Pauli The PSM, bassist Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith on keyboards.
Albarn’s new studio album, Everyday Robots, is his most autobiographical to date and features cameo appearances by Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) and will be released by Parlophone on 28 April.
QM is not involved in ticket sales so if you want to buy tickets, make sure you go to the ticketing website at 9am on Friday 14 February via www.gigsandtours.com/go/damonalbarn. The website link isn’t live yet. Tickets will be £35 each (plus a £2.80 booking fee).
The Great Hall, part of Queen Mary’s historic People’s Palace, was re launched in February 2013 following a £6m refurbishment project to restore the building to its former glory and install new technology.
George Foden, QM’s Corporate Events Manager said: “This promises to be a fantastic gig and we’re really excited to be involved. The promoter was considering several venues around London, so we’re delighted they chose the Great Hall for this high-profile show. We hope this will be the first of many live concerts in the Great Hall for staff and students and the local community to enjoy, as the venue has a long history of hosting live music events.”
As well as the People’s Palace gig, Albarn will also play the Rivoli Ballroom on 30 April. A number of European dates then follow, culminating in the headline slot on Saturday night at Latitude Festival in July.
The London dates are:
30 April - The Rivoli Ballroom.
1 May - The Great Hall, Queen Mary University of London.
More information about the tour is available on Albarn’s website. http://www.damonalbarnmusic.com/
Photo credit: Linda Brownlee