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British pop superstars Bastille have announced they'll kick off 2020 with an Australian and New Zealand tour in January and February.
They’re about to release their third album, Doom Days, and now Bastille have announced they’re heading to Australia and New Zealand in January and February 2020.
The album is set to drop on Friday 14 June and features already released singles ‘Quarter Past Midnight’, ‘Joy’, ‘Those Nights’, and the title track.
Tackling social and political issues head-on while still maintaining a personal angle throughout, the record draws on influences including gospel, house, and R&B, taking the listener through the adventures of a single night – “an apocalyptic party record,” as vocalist Dan Smith describes it.
Recorded throughout 2018 in their South London studio, ‘One-Eyed Jack’s’, the sessions for Doom Days saw Bastille take a much-needed break from a jam-packed touring schedule.
“[The record] is about choosing to look inwards and the importance of escapism and having fun, but also all the highs and lows that can happen throughout the course of an evening and how that can be representative of what was going on in my life and our lives. Our music is always a weird mixture of euphoria and despair – it’s always about trying to straddle that line,” Smith told Australian’s Magazine Beat last May.
Bastille haven’t been on New Zealand shores for five years, so this is a special chance for New Zealand fans to see the band perform tracks in the flesh.
Since releasing their debut album Bad Blood in 2013, singles like ‘Pompeii’, ‘Flaws’, and their ‘The Rhythm of the Night’/’Rhythm Is a Dancer’ mash-up ‘Of The Night’ saw Bastille become household names around the world, while it’s follow-up, 2016’s Wild World cemented the band as festival favourites.
Alongside their studio albums, Bastille have also shown their knack for reimagining classic hits and reworking pop culture references through their Other People’s Heartache series (now up to its fourth instalment).
Bastille will bring their third studio album Doom Days to Australian and New Zealand stages in January and February 2020. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com.au.