Beck announces details of two UK live dates

Cambridge and London shows confirmed by US singer

Beck has announced details of two solo UK shows set to take place in July.

The singer will perform dates in Cambridge and London on July 6 and 7 respectively following his ‘Song Reader’ performance in London on July 4. It is not know what form the gigs will take but the recently released song ‘Defriended’ suggests the US singer is on course to release new material for the first time since 2008.

Prior to the Cambridge and London gigs, Beck will bring his ‘Song Reader’ album to London in July for a one-off performance including guests Franz Ferdinand and Jarvis Cocker.

The line-up for the night will include Beck himself, alongside Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Charlotte Gainsbourg. A house band comprising of Seb Rochford, Tom Herbert and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu will perform throughout the night, with music direction courtesy of Ed Harcourt and David Coulter.

Speaking to NME late last year, Beck hinted that he would release two new albums in 2013. “There is music and it’s coming!” he said. “I have this one record I started in 2008. It got put to the side for a long time but recently I’ve been mixing some of the songs. I’m not sure if they’ll be singles or EPs or an album but it’ll come out in some way and it sounds… sonically adventurous. I also have a record that I recorded last year in Nashville, which I may or may not finish.”

Beck will play:

Cambridge Corn Exchange (July 6)
London Union Chapel (7)