Sparks’ European tour, which was due to take place this autumn, has been rescheduled to take place in May and June 2021. The band has also added a show at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion on May 28th.
“We have been eagerly looking forward to the live shows and especially playing the new album, but with everyone’s health and safety being the priority in this new and unpredictable era, we’ve rescheduled the tour for May and June of next year. We are sure you all are understanding of this necessary decision. We look forward to seeing everyone on tour in May and June 2021” Russell and Ron Mael.
|Thu||20/05/2021||Manchester||Albert Hall (Manchester)||axs.com|
|Fri||21/05/2021||Glasgow||The Barrowland Ballroom||seetickets.com|
|Fri||28/05/2021||Bexhill on Sea||De La Warr Pavilion||axs.com **|
|Thu||03/06/2021||Barcelona||Primavera Sound Festival||primaverasound.com|
|Mon||07/06/2021||Paris||Casino de Paris||web.digitick.com|
|Thu||10/06/2021||Oslo||Rockefeller Music Hall||ticketmaster.no|
** Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion Fan Club presale – 10am BST Wed 12 Aug
General on sale – 10am BST Fri 14 Aug
The band’s 24th studio album ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ was released digitally on May 15th to universal acclaim. On its physical release in July the album entered the Official UK Charts at Number 7. Replicating the success of their 2017 album ‘Hippopotamus’, ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ became the band’s second UK top 10 album since 1974, when ‘Kimono My House’ and ‘Propaganda’ reached number 4 and 9 respectively.
Sparks recently released the video for ‘The Existential Threat’. Animated by Cyriak, views of the mind-bending video have already passed 1.8 million views. Watch HERE.
This next year should also see the eagerly awaited premiere of the musical Annette, the first English language film from groundbreaking French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors, Pola X), written by Ron and Russell Mael and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. In addition, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) is putting the finishing touches to his as-yet-untitled Sparks documentary, a long-in-the-making feature-length film celebrating this singular band.
“With A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, Sparks have drawn on the many styles and many great moments in a multi-faceted career that began in their native Los Angeles in 1967, while retaining the unique identity. Whatever style they embrace, and they have embraced most – pop, rock, New Wave, synth-pop, disco, dance, electro, orchestral, opera – they always remain ineffably, irrefutably, inescapably, undeniably Sparks.” LouderThanWar
“No band should by rights sound as sharp, melodic and funny more than 50 years into their career. But Sparks are no ordinary band.” – Q
“Sparks remain deftly untouchable” 9/10 LineofBestFit
“The Picassos of art rock.” Associated Press
“a work of genius” 9/10 Clash
“A masterclass” Northern Transmissions
“They’ve done it again” ***** Record Collector
“Sparks. Only Sparks.” **** FT
Uncut 9/10 Mojo **** Q **** The Times **** Independent **** Daily Mirror **** Daily Telegraph ****