Foals give away free cassettes of new album in global treasure hunt

Band give fans chance to hear 'What Went Down' days in advance

Foals are giving away free cassette tapes of their new album ‘What Went Down’ ahead of its release on Friday (August 28).

‘What Went Down’ is the band’s fourth full-length, following on from 2013’s ‘Holy Fire’. It was recorded in the south of France with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Mumford & Sons).

Ahead of its release this week, the Oxford-based outfit have launched a global treasure hunt of sorts, hiding cassette copies of the album at numerous locations worldwide and sharing the coordinates via social media.

The band have asked fans to share photos of the tapes once found, also urging them not to upload the contents of the cassettes to the internet.

Items have so far been placed in Madrid, Paris, Oslo, Amsterdam, Berlin and Hamburg. See photos below.

Now thats something We won the #whatwentdowntapes @ouifm @foals @ynnsphilippakis with the one and only @raggamuff_

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Foals’ new album includes the single ‘Mountain At My Gates’ and title track ‘What Went Down’. Speaking to NME recently, Philippakis described the LP as “lean” and “punchy”.

SEE MORE: Foals’ Track By Track Guide To Their Blistering New Album ‘What Went Down’

Foals recently announced plans for a UK club tour. They will play dates in Nottingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Southampton, Margate, Bristol and Cambridge.

The Margate show will take place at the relaunched Dreamland theme park as part of new festival By The Sea.

Foals will play:

Nottingham Rock City (November 5)
Liverpool Olympia (6)
Norwich UEA (7)
Cardiff University Great Hall (8)
Aberdeen Music Hall (10)
Newcastle O2 Academy (11)
Southampton Guildhall (13)
Margate Dreamland – By The Sea event (14)
Bristol Anson Rooms (15)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (16)