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boygenius announce debut UK shows with MUNA and Ethel Cain

Including a huge outdoor London show this summer

By Hollie Geraghty

L-R: Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker (Photo: Harrison Whitford)

boygenius have announced their debut UK shows including a huge outdoor London gig – find all the details below.

The band – comprising Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker – will perform at London’s Gunnersbury Park on August 20, followed by The Piece Hall in Halifax on August 22.

Ethel Cain and MUNA will open for the indie supergroup at their London show, with Cain also joining in Halifax. More special guests are set to be announced.

Pre-sale starts this Wednesday, March 1 at 10am GMT, which fans can access by pre-ordering debut album The Record here, ahead of general release on March 3 at 10am GMT here.

Boygenius – who cover the February issue of Rolling Stone – announced The Record back in January with the release of three singles: ‘$20’, ‘Emily I’m Sorry’ and ‘True Blue’.

The record will mark the first full-length project from the trio, following their self-produced, self-titled EP back in 2018.

Speaking to Rolling Stone in their cover interview, the musicians explained why they decided to make more music together rather than focus on their solo careers at the moment.

“There’s a realm in which I feel permitted to be ambitious in this band, in a way that I can’t for my own solo stuff, because it’s something shared with people that I love who are the greatest songwriters ever,” Baker said. “I feel an uncomplicated pride about it.” 

Boygenius. Photograph by Ryan Pfluger

Bridgers added: “We’re obsessed with each other. I like myself better around them.”

As for releasing the record via Interscope, Baker said: “I never thought that a major was what I needed or the kind of trajectory that I aspired to.

“But it’s not like I’m particularly averse to it on a level of principle. When we started talking to labels, it was just who’s going to give us the best deal, let us own our masters, give us the most freedom and resources creatively.”

Describing the new album’s sound as “crashing chords, whisper-to-howl vocals, and lyrics guaranteed to appear in a TikTok lip-sync by your younger cousin,” Rolling Stone expects that it “should go down as one of 2023’s best albums”.