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ELBOW have confirmed their new album will be titled ‘CAST OF THOUSANDS’

The album, the band’s second, is now complete and due on August 18 via V2. An undecided single will precede it on August 4.

As we revealed, the group teamed up with Doves

and the entire Glastonbury crowd on the track that inspired the album title – and plan to credit every single person there on the sleeve.

“There’s a song on the album called ‘Grace Under Pressure’.” singer Guy Garvey explained. “It’s like a mantra. Jimi Goodwin from Doves sings on it. Alfie all sing on it. My brother’s on it. There’s a string section, a brass section. Basically everybody who came anywhere near us is on the tune. It ends with the crowd at Glastonbury last year.”

He continued: “I said to the crowd, ‘Do you want to be on the next record?’ and they said ‘Yeah’. So I got them to sing. They sing ‘We still believe in love so fuck you’. There was about 15,000 of them!”

Elbow want anyone who was at the show to visit the band’s website at [url=] and leave their names. The intention is to put as many on the sleeve of the record as possible. “With very small print we can get about 1,000 names on each page of the booklet,” Garvey said. “It’s a thank you to everyone who supported us last time around.”

The band have announced they will play this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals in August, as well as a secret show in July.

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