Rock stars can be an unpredictable bunch. Less than a fortnight after Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe went on record saying that the band would be taking some time out after the current tour, they've announced another handful of dates for March.
Wild Beasts have enjoyed a remarkable, if hectic, four years. They've released three albums including, 'Two Dancers', their second LP, which was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize, eventually losing out to the xx. In 2011, their third record, 'Smother', became the Cumbrian outfit's most commercially successful to date, reaching No 17 on the UK album chart.
Acclaimed by many as one of the best albums of the year, 'Smother' once again showcases Thorpe's distinct countertenor vocal. A voice he recently admitted he hadn't realised was 'like Marmite', some loving it and just as many unable to bear it. It does not seem to have hindered Wild Beasts in the least and gigs have been selling out for more than a year. The spring dates will be the last chance to see Thorpe and co for a while, with a fourth record not anticipated until 'mid-2013'.
Wild Beasts kick off their short spring tour at Warwick University (in Coventry) on 11th March, followed by gigs in Norwich, Colchester and Falmouth, Cardiff, before the final show (currently) in Liverpool on 17th March 2012.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 25th November, priced £13.
In the meantime, the autumn 2011 tour continues with a second Shepherds Bush Empire gig tonight (still a few tickets available), as well as dates in Cambridge, Brighton (resale only) and the final gig of the tour at Stiff Kitten in Belfast on 2nd December. Tickets cost £15 for London, £12.50/ £13 elsewhere.