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ARAB STRAP are set to undertake a brief tour of the UK and IRELAND from May 1, conciding with the release of new single 'TURBULENCE'.

The Scottish miserablists kick off in Dublin on May 1 rounding off in London on May 10. Support on all shows will come from Bright Eyes.
'Turbulence', lifted from recent album 'The Red Thread', will be released on May 7.

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The UK and Ireland dates are as follows:
Dublin, Red Box (May 1)
Newcastle, Stage 2 (2)
Leeds, Cockpit (3)
Birmingham, Ronnie Scott's (4)
Nottingham, Rock City (6)
Bristol, Fleece (7)
Brighton, Concorde II (8)
Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (9)
London, Shepherd's Bush Empire (10)

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