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Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce first UK headline shows in nine years

They've also promised new music at the two performances this June

By Hollie Geraghty

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs live in a silver jacket
Karen O performs live in 2018. (Picture: Rob Kim/Everett Collection/Alamy).

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced their first UK headline shows in nine years.

The New York indie icons today (March 14), confirmed that they will play two UK dates: O2 Apollo, Manchester on June 5, and O2 Academy Brixton, London on June 7. They will be supported by English teacher and Anika in Manchester and London, respectively.

They last toured the UK in 2013 following the release of their fourth studio album ‘Mosquito’, while their last UK performance was at All Points East festival in 2018.

The group, comprising Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, also revealed that they will be performing new material.

“OK UK! We are coming to lend our light to dark ages and holy shit are we ready to play our hearts out for you!!” singer and pianist Karen O said on social media.

“Yeah it’s been 9 years since we’ve graced your club stages! Yeah we’ve got some tunes so fresh and so NEW to try out on you! Yeah the bill is so MAJOR with Dry Cleaning and Anika in London and English Teacher in Manchester.

“Dress up! Make a night of it! Support your fave band that you may have seen debut at Brixton back in ’02!! Yeah let’s not wait another decade to see each other again! CANNOT WAIT! They don’t love ya like we do!! Luv YYYs.”

O2 pre-sale opens Wednesday (March 16) at 9 am GMT, while general sale begins Friday (March 18) at 9am GMT here.

The band are also scheduled to perform at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this summer, in addition to three Australian festivals and Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal, Canada.

Karen O revealed in February 2020 that she was “ready to make some music”. Speaking in an interview with Australian radio station double j, she added: “It feels like time to have something new out there. But that’s yet to happen, so we’ll see how this year goes.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shared remote performances where Karen O performed in a closet around Nick Zinner playing guitar on a laptop.

One performance was dedicated to the Presidential Election in November. “OK America, tough day,” she said. “This one goes out to all the voters in the house, y’all. Respect, respect.”