The Academic are very pleased to announce details of their rescheduled UK headline tour for Spring 2021.
The dates which were originally due to be played out this Summer, but due to the extended Coronavirus lockdown will now take place in April with a series of additional shows and venue upgrades.
The fast-rising Irish four-piece released the Acting My Age EP through Capitol Records earlier this month to much acclaim, introducing them to a much broader audience than the legions of fans they’ve already gained back in Ireland.
The shows will now kick off in Derry at the Millennium Forum on the 10thApril, concluding at the O2 Ritz in Manchester on the 29th June. The tour will now call at Oxford, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool, a night at London’s Kentish Town Forum, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow. All original tickets remain valid for the corresponding new dates. Any fans with original tickets who are unable to make the rescheduled show can seek a refund at point of purchase.
All new and upgraded shows go on general sale from 9am on Friday 24th July. Pre-sale tickets are available now. Visit www.theacademic.net/live for more details.
As Mullinger’s finest, The Academic are already deemed hometown heroes in the heart of Ireland with a number one album to their name. And if you were a betting person, you’d probably fancy a flutter on The Academic repeating their chart success further afield. The songs are the sort that make a quick impact; sharp, buoyant and explosive. By second listen you’ve got the melodies nailed, fizzing around in your cranium. Instant gratification. Time is precious.
That The Academic make music that embraces the electric guitar and aren’t shy of arena sized choruses suggests that guitar music could well be heading straight back to the mainstream after a decade or more laying resolutely fallow. Some would confidently argue that we’ve been in rude health for the past few years. With Idles and Shame’s state-of-the-nation punkish potency swinging open the doors for the likes of Fontaines D.C. and Murder Capital to burst their heads above the underground, over in the mainstream Sam Fender has been marrying critical acclaim with solid sales (a rarity), his chest-thumping Springsteen-esque tales of a community’s heart and struggle flying straight to the top of the charts. Meanwhile, The 1975, veritable stalwarts on their own podium, now feel positively pop, yet at their very soul is an innovative, smart-talking guitar band with surely one eye on stadiums having long since slayed the festival fields and arenas. Catfish & The Bottlemen and Blossoms also tease arena sized audiences, whilst off the media radar you’ve got the likes of Gerry Cinnamon, Sea Girls and The Lathams cautiously bothering bigger live rooms to ever increasing audiences. But this feels palpably different. The odds feel less of a risk. The door is swinging wide open.
Listen to the full new six track EP HERE
The Academic Live:
10th April – Millennium Forum, Derry
13th April – O2 Academy 2, Oxford *New Date*
14th April – Clwb Ifor Bach *SOLD OUT*
16th April – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham *New Date*
17th April – Stylus, Leeds *Venue Upgrade*
18th April – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20th April – Arts Club, Liverpool
22nd April – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London *Venue Upgrade*
24th April – Riverside, Newcastle *Venue Upgrade*
25th April – The Caves, Edinburgh *SOLD OUT*
17th April – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
28th April – SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow *New Date*
29th April – O2 Ritz, Manchester *Venue Upgrade*