The Strokes will reveal their new music this summer

Plans for the band’s headline slot at The Governors Music Ball Festival have been unveiled

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The Strokes will debut their new material this summer during The Governors Music Ball Festival.

The news was revealed by the festival’s organisers, who chose to book the New Yorkers on the basis that they’d be playing new material.

Speaking in a Reddit AMA the festival’s organisers said: “This would be their first batch of new tunes in, well, just about a half decade. Kind of a big deal. Also, they’ve played a total of 8 shows in North America in the last decade, so I’d say it’s a pretty big deal any time they hit the stage.”

The Strokes were clocked in the studio in late 2015, working on a follow up to their 2013 album Comedown Machine.

Elsewhere in the AMA the organisers explained their plans to pay tribute to David Bowie and told fans they’d tried to book both LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, however both bands were unable to commit.

Governors Ball takes place on June 3rd – 5th at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. This year’s lineup will also include Kanye West, The Killers, Beck, Robyn, M83, HAIM, De La Soul and more.
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