You may not be too familiar with Dublin's Villagers, but if you possess their debut album from last year, "Becoming A Jackal", you'll already know about their big songs and frail melodies. If not, you soon will as the hype-machine justifiably or unjustifiably propels a few chancers and no-hopers into the spotlight.
Falling into the justified bracket is Villagers, newly nominated for a Mercury Prize and raring to continue spreading the word of 'The Jackal' and they begin doing this with several festival slots and exclusive live appearances during the summer including two nights at The Old Vic Tunnels in London on 4th and 5th August, The Edge Festival at Edinburgh's Sneaky Petes (6th Aug), Big Chill (8th Aug), Leeds and Reading Festivals (27th / 28th Aug), the Electric Picnic (4th Sep), Open House, Belfast (9th Sep) and Bestival (12th Sep).
Can't get to any of those (or get in)? Villagers have now added another London date to the calendar, this time at the Scala on 5th October. Tickets went on sale this week and cost £13.75 plus fees. Expect more gigs to appear soon - in the meantime, Villagers have come a long way since the days of their previous incarnation as The Immediate, who were used to the occasional award-nominations themselves (2006 - The Choice Music Prize for the album "Towers and Clouds"). Hopefully Villagers will be around for a bit longer.
Well, we were expecting more dates, but a tour from October until December? Wow! The London date is now preceded with a date in Brighton on the 4th October and the tour takes in Oxford, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds and many more before finishing-up (currently) in Liverpool on 11th December. Tickets range from £7.50 to £9 for all dates except London (£13.75) - all prices + fees.