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Vampire Weekend announce UK tour dates

Vampire Weekend announce UK tour dates

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Vampire Weekend dropped “Mary Boone,” the last pre-release track from Only God Was Above Us, set to launch on April 5th under Columbia Records. Crafted by Ezra Koenig, it includes a snippet of the renowned drum loop from Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me).”

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Koenig, with rich orchestral arrangements by Will Canzoneri, Koenig, and Rechtshaid, the track—titled after a prominent NYC art figure from the ’80s—showcases an expansive operatic choir complementing Koenig’s subtly sweet vocals. The lyrics touch on Tadao Ando churches, Natarajas, hex signs, and whirling Dervishes, crafting a diverse sonic and lyrical landscape as the narrator seeks entry into the realm of New York’s art scene (or maybe something greater):

Freshly painted in white, new to the area, you weren’t hiring, but I was seeking job opportunities.

“Mary Boone” is accompanied by an official visualizer which features a rapper who’s never released an album, Despot, driving from New Jersey to Manhattan via the Lincoln Tunnel. Watch it here.

To date, Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio have released four songs from Only God Was Above Us: “Gen-X Cops,” “Capricorn,” “Classical” and now “Mary Boone”—evincing a diverse array of sounds and narratives, yet only revealing less than half of the album’s staggering range and depth. Only God Was Above Us will be available across digital platforms as well as on vinyl and CD. Pre-orders can be placed at https://vampireweekend.store/

In addition to Mary Boone’s news, Vampire Weekend has revealed a nine-date live show series starting at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 29th. The tour will span the U.K., including stops in Scotland, Manchester, and two London performances, before concluding with shows in Paris and Amsterdam.

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A fan pre-sale goes on sale from 10am (GMT) on Wednesday 3rd April with a general sale from 10am on Friday 5th April. Fans pre-ordering the album via Vampire Weekend’s website will receive early access to UK & IRE Tour tickets. Further information can be found at vampireweekend.com.

Vampire Weekend UK & European tour dates 2024:

  • Nov 29 2024                 Dublin, Ireland                           3Arena
  • Dec 01 2024                 Manchester, UK                        O2 Apollo
  • Dec 02 2024                 Manchester, UK                       O2 Apollo
  • Dec 04 2024                 London, UK                              Eventim Apollo
  • Dec 06 2024                 Wolverhampton, UK                  The Halls
  • Dec 08 2024                 Glasgow, UK                             OVO Hydro
  • Dec 10 2024                 London, UK                              O2 Academy Brixton
  • Dec 13 2024                 Paris, France                            Adidas Arena
  • Dec 15 2024                 Amsterdam, Netherlands           AFAS Live

Lastly, Ezra, CT and Baio have released the second episode of Vampire Campfire, the band’s own podcast which sees them having literal fireside chats. Listen now to hear Baio explain the importance and joy that comes from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, valuable life hacks by Ezra, more insider information on Only God Was Above Us, some heavy maths and VW analytics (that may or may not be accurate) and a very special guest: the now famed dance phenom, and guitar/drum tech, Josh Goldsmith, the first guest to grace the Vampire Campfire circle. Listen to the new episode here.

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