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The Divine Comedy are to return with a new album and tour later this year.

The follow-up to 2004’s ‘Absent Friends’ is to be titled ‘Victory For The Comic Muse’, and will be released on June 19. The LP will be preceded by a as-yet unconfirmed new single on June 12.

The album was recorded virtually live in the studio over a period of two weeks in late 2005. The entire project was arranged and produced by Divine Comedy mainman Neil Hannon, and features many long-standing Divine Comedy collaborators.

Hannon will be touring Europe with an eight-piece band in May. The UK and Irish dates are:

Cambridge Junction (May 17)

Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (18)

London St James Church (19)

Sheffield Leadmill (21)

Manchester Academy 2 (22)

Glasgow QMU (23)

Dublin Vicar Street (24)

Tickets for all dates go on sale tomorrow (April 4).

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