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Pond announce UK and Europe tour for 2022

The Aussie band also dropped the official music video for 'Take Me Avalon I'm Young'

By Emma Kelly

Australian band Pond
Pond are going on tour next summer. (Source: Matsu)

Pond have announced a UK and Europe tour for 2022 including a date at London’s Electric Ballroom.

The Australian band will visit Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester next June following dates in Spain and slots at the sold-out festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

The tour follows Pond’s four dates in their native Australia, where they play Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne between February and April.

Tickets for Pond’s UK and Europe tour go on sale at 10am on November 24 here.

Pond’s UK and Europe tour dates 2022:

Tuesday 31 – Sala Moon, Valencia, Spain

Thursday 2 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday 7 – Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Saturday 11 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday 14 – SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday 15 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Friday 17 – Electric Ballroom, London, UK
Saturday 18 – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK

As well as the tour dates, Pond have revealed the official video for their single ‘Take Me Avalon I’m Young’.

Speaking about the song, frontman Nick Allbrook said: “Turns out my medieval history degree is still lingering in the back streets of my mind. The final resting place of Arthur, the mythic isles where we could go for peace and prosperity but which turns out to be an expensive grey grind.

“A sense of wonder becomes more and more slippery as the years go by. I’m actually really proud of this tune.”

‘Take Me Avalon I’m Young’ is the fifth single – following ‘Pink Lunettes’, ‘America’s Cup’, ‘Toast’ and ‘Human Touch’ – from the band’s latest album ‘9’, which was released in October.

Explaining the process behind their ninth album, Allbrook said: “We sort of gave ourselves permission to make something stuffed this time. We’d settled into a pretty tight routine with the last few albums and wanted to shake a boat with this so we started off with filling a few tape reels with some absolutely heinous improvised sonic babble which, after much sifting, became the first few songs of the album. We also wanted to up the tempo. The last few albums have a neat little mantra or repetitive theme.

“If I was forced to find something like that in ‘9’, I guess it would be ‘biography’ or ‘observation’ – a lot of the lyrics seem to focus on single people’s lives, or the lives of small moments or small things when you zoom real close up and they reveal something deeper. Stuff like my cheap Chinese slippers, or a soiled teddy bear, or Agnes Martin (not to put them in the same category, although maybe Agnes would’ve appreciated it).

“In the Rorschach test of re-reading lyrics, one thing that sticks out is a fixation on leaving behind a time of golden optimism and uncynical abandon. We can’t look at ourselves the same anymore, and the world we’ve built provides a scary lens for viewing our past.”