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Bastille announce huge UK arena tour for 2022

It follows the announcement of their upcoming fourth album, 'Give Me The Future’

By Jen Thomas

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Bastille (pic: Press)

Bastille have revealed a huge UK arena tour for 2022, giving fans the first chance to hear their anticipated fourth album live.

The London band confirmed the title and details about ‘Give Me The Future’ last week, which will be released on February 4, 2022.

Now, it’s been confirmed they’ll hit the road for a European and UK tour next spring. After kicking off at Brussels Forest National on 3 April, they’ll continue with a string of dates that takes in shows at London’s O2 Arena and Manchester’s AO Arena.

Tickets will go on general sale from November 5, while fans can access an album pre-sale here.

The band also recently released a video that was frontman Dan Smith’s directorial debut, for the emotional ‘No More Bad Days’.

He has described their forthcoming record as “a tribute to humanity in a tech age” which “reflects on the strangeness of living through times that can feel like science fiction.”

Talking about the new dates, Smith said: “We’re all massively excited to head out on tour with this new album that we love.

“After everything that’s happened over the last couple of years, we’re buzzing to play for everyone at these brilliant venues and can’t wait to have some fun back on the road again… here’s to gigging in 2022.”

Talking about the new record over a pandemic, Dan said: “Working on these songs in such an apocalyptic period, with everyone stuck at home, glued to screens, fed into the feeling that what is real and what is not has become pretty difficult to discern sometimes.”

He added: “We’re in the age of deep fake, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone. What that does to our sense of self and to our relationships is huge and it’s fascinating.”

“I’m just observing the truly weird times we’re living in and having fun responding to it through these songs.”

“As the final track ‘Who Knows What the Future Holds… Don’t Matter If I Got You’ says, this is happening, whether we like it or not. Finding happiness in the moment is surely the aim, whether it’s in the real or virtual world.”

On co-directing the video, he said: “It’s really satisfying to have finally directed, and I’m really proud of the little film we made. I grew up with film as my main obsession, so this was a bit of a dream. I learned a shitload and it was good to be challenged in a new way.”

See the tour dates in full below:

03 – Brussels, Forest National, Belgium
05 – Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
07 – London, The O2
08 – Manchester, AO Arena
10 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
13 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
14 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
15 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
17 – Plymouth Pavilions
18 – Brighton Centre