Stereophonics follow-up Olympic show with winter 2012 UK tour
Violins and Tambourines, new drummer and live shows herald new chapter in Welsh rockers' career, tickets on sale Friday 2nd November
Kelly Jones may still be pinching himself to determine whether their massive Olympic 2012 show in Hyde Park was no more than a dream - the audience's cheers must still be ringing in his ears, that's for certain. Truth is, Stereophonics have been quiet of late with just a handful of live shows this year, a residency at Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2011 and big festival shows throughout 2010. You'd have to rewind back to March 2010 for details of anything resembling a proper UK tour - with today's announcement, you won't have much longer to wait to see them headlining again.
One reason for the stuttering live schedule may have been down to a slight change in personnel. Drummer Javier Weyler vacated the tub-thumper's stool earlier in the year with replacement Jamie Morrison (from Noisettes) now gainfully employed in the hot seat. Other reasons may also point towards their recording activity, or lack of it, itself a rarity until later in 2012 when details of their eighth studio set began to appear online, such as the rather terrific new song "Violins and Tambourines", which you can watch right here. A slower less frenetic riff-packed anthem than usual, the video (directed by Jones) and the song sees Stereophonics creating a more subtle and engaging sound than of late, one which will translate well in a live arena.
Talking of which, Stereophonics have finalized a spring 2013 UK tour. With ace ex-Supergrass frontman and songwriter Gaz Coombes in support-role, pumping up the Stereos crowd [nice! - Ed], the tour should be a lively and inviting prospect when it kicks off in Newport on 15th December, followed by Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and finally, London's Troxy on the 20th.
Although the chosen venues aren't as intimate as this year's pre-Hyde Park quartet, they're still likely to sell out very fast. We will have tickets to all shows at 9am on Friday 2nd November, with prices around £32.50.
- Fri 23rd Feb 2018 StereophonicsAECC BHGE Arena (Aberdeen)Buy Tickets
- Sat 24th Feb 2018 StereophonicsSSE Hydro (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Mon 26th Feb 2018 StereophonicsMotorpoint Arena (Nottingham)Buy Tickets
- Tue 27th Feb 2018 StereophonicsBrighton Centre (Brighton)Buy Tickets
- Thu 1st Mar 2018 StereophonicsGenting/ NEC Arena (Birmingham)Buy Tickets
- Fri 2nd Mar 2018 StereophonicsWembley SSE Arena (Wembley)Buy Tickets
- Sat 3rd Mar 2018 StereophonicsWembley SSE Arena (Wembley)Buy Tickets
- Mon 5th Mar 2018 StereophonicsBournemouth International Centre BIC (Bournemouth)Buy Tickets
- Tue 6th Mar 2018 StereophonicsMotorpoint Arena (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Wed 7th Mar 2018 StereophonicsMotorpoint Arena (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Fri 9th Mar 2018 StereophonicsManchester Arena (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 10th Mar 2018 StereophonicsFirst Direct Arena (Leeds)Buy Tickets
- Mon 12th Mar 2018 StereophonicsMetro Radio Arena (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Thu 15th Mar 2018 StereophonicsSSE Arena Belfast (Belfast)Buy Tickets
- Fri 16th Mar 2018 Stereophonics3arena (Dublin)Buy Tickets
- Sat 2nd Jun 2018 StereophonicsThe Racecourse Ground/ Centenary Club [Wrexham AFC] (Wrexham)Buy Tickets
- Sat 9th Jun 2018 StereophonicsCardiff City Stadium (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Fri 29th Jun 2018 TRNSMT, Stereophonics, The Script, James Bay, Kodaline, Jess...Glasgow Green (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Fri 20th Jul 2018 Tramlines Festival, StereophonicsHillsborough Park (Sheffield)Buy Tickets
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