Neutral Milk Hotel announce first European dates of reunion tour

They will play 2014's Primavera Sound festivals in Spain and Portugal

Neutral Milk Hotel have revealed plans for the first European dates of their reunion tour.

The cult band will play next year’s Primavera Sound and Optimus Primavera Sound festivals in Barcelona, Spain (May 29-31, 2014) and Porto, Portugal (5-7 June, 2014). The band reunite to play their first live shows since 1999 starting this October in Baltimore. They will play a run of US dates before heading to Australia and New Zealand in November and then playing shows in Taipei and Tokyo.

The cult band have been on hiatus since their last studio album – 1998’s ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ and its subsequent tour. Aside from a 2001 live album and a 2002 album of Bulgarian music, the band have been keeping a low profile – although singer Jeff Mangum played a string of solo dates in 2010 and curated ATP at Butlins in Minehead in March last year.

In a bizarre statement on their website, the band announced their initial five dates in the US and Asia, promising “more to come”. The cryptic statement read:

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The touring line-up will consist of Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes.