Bastille have announced details of a UK tour for April 2018 – giving their songs a more classical reworking. Tickets are on sale now.
The ‘ReOrchestrated’ Tour will see the band giving their back catalogue a dramatic re-imagining, using different instrumentation and ideas.
“Earlier this year in April we did a gig for a charity at Union Chapel for Streets Of London,” frontman Dan Smith told Zane Lowe on Beats1. “We basically completely deconstructed all of our songs, replayed them and re-orchestrated them all with brass, strings and a gospel choir.
“We started with Pompeii which we always finish with. We did it a capella with a gospel choir, it was so amazing. There’s a song on our last album called ‘Two Evils’ which is just guitar and vocals so we completely flipped it, and made it really dark and electronic. It was just my favourite show that we’ve ever done.”
Bastille’s full upcoming UK ReOrchestrated UK tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday December 15 and will be available here.
Wednesday April 10 2018 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Thursday April 11 2018 – EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Saturday April 13 2018 – BRISTOL Colston Hall
Sunday April 14 2018 – SHEFFIELD City Hall
Tuesday April 16 2018 – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Having recently dropped new single ‘World Gone Mad‘, fans are also hoping that the tour will see the band showcase more new material. Speaking to NME, the band discussed how their next album is likely to lean more towards escapism than the politicised nature of 2016’s ‘Wild World’.
“I think the last record was a conscious decision to acknowledge how complicated and messed up world events seem,” Bastille frontman Dan Smith told NME. “Not in a worthy way, but you switch on the TV or go on Twitter and you can’t help but see these sadly regular events that are so shocking. Maybe that’s just the nature and the narrative of the news or whatever, but it just seems particularly fraught and mad.
“For us, it was just trying to write songs that acknowledge these things are happening, and also how it’s quite complicated to figure out how you should react to them. Obviously there’s no right answer. We wanted to make a record that was conscious of the current times, but also we’re not looking to preach or push a political agenda.”
Smith added: “It’s just kind of unavoidable in our minds. We’ve come to this realisation that as much as there’s a responsibility to talk about things, people listen to music and come to festivals to not think about that as well. Going into the next phase of what we do, we’re not looking to extend that. We don’t want to be those guys at all.”