Camera Obscura announce summer 2013 Desire Lines UK tour

Posted: 1st March 2013
New album to feature at pre-RockNess Festival warm-up concerts, tickets on sale now
Primavera Sound

Never mind Beyonce, Kanye West and, er, One Direction - the hottest tickets this year might just be courtesy of highly revered and universally adored retro popsters Camera Obscura.

Don't scoff people - the Glasgow outfit might not command stadium audiences or flog underwear and perfume with their 'brand-name' on it, but their honest-to-goodness stream of sparkly, dusky singles and albums has garnered a substantial following.

The launch pad proved to be 2006's "Let's Get out of This Country" album, which contained the best non-hits of the decade, "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" and the title-track. Although only then signed to a relatively tiny label (based in Spain to boot), it set Camera Obscura on their way to a deal with weightier imprint 4AD in 2009 and a Top 40 album, "My Maudlin Career".

Now, after a three year hiatus, Tracyanne Campbell's swoonsome marshmallowed tonsils are back with her chums in tow and plans for a new album and a string of UK shows - at last! They will issue their 5th studio album "Desire Lines" on 3rd June (title taken from an EP by '90s 4AD shoegazers Lush, no less) and will tour to promote it, as well as appear at Scotland's RockNess 2013 and Barcelona's Primavera Sound 2013.

The first tour date will be Edinburgh on 4th June, followed by stops in Manchester, London, Leeds and Newcastle, before heading to the hills on the 9th. Tickets for the tour will cost £11 - £14.50, depending on venue and are on sale now.

RockNess tickets are also available now, priced at £139 for 3 days of music and camping (£130 without the tent).

Paul Pledger