Foals add extra tour dates and announce another epic support act for 2020 UK tour

Rip up the road.

Foals have announced details of the support acts who will join them on their 2020 UK tour – as well as adding extra tour dates in London, Blackpool and Edinburgh.

Earlier this week, the group announced that they will be accompanied by Everything Everything on their UK tour next year, and they’ve now added that fellow math-rock forerunners Battles will be playing with them too at all shows except their Cardiff appearance. The band will also now extra shows at London’s Olympia on Sunday May 3 and Monday May 4, as well as Edinburgh Usher Hall on Thursday April 30, and Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Thursday May 7.

This comes after Everything Everything bassist Jeremy Pritchard has spent the last year filling in for bass duties for Foals, but is due to step down to return to his own band next year. 

“Jeremy was the Trump of Foals. No one saw him coming,” guitarist Jimmy Smith told NME, with frontman Yannis Philippakis adding: “Ha! Yeah, Trump with better hair. Well he slotted in amazingly well. In touring without Walter, we were anticipating a real void. With all due respect to [former bassist] Walter, I just found that Jeremy fit in so well that it lessened any potential misty-eyed forlorn thing.

“He’s played really well and we’re really going to miss him. He’s not going to be touring with us for ‘Part 2’. He’s got to back with that other band…”

Everything Everything are currently working on the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed ‘A Fever Dream‘, while Battles just dropped the lauded ‘Juice B Crypts‘.

Foals’ full upcoming UK headline tour dates are below. Tickets go on general sale from 9.30am on Friday, October 25.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29 – EDINBURGH USHER HALL
THURSDAY APRIL 20 – EDINBURGH USHER HALL

SATURDAY MAY 2 – LONDON OLYMPIA
SUNDAY MAY 3 – LONDON OLYMPIA
MONDAY MAY 4 – LONDON OLYMPIA

WEDNESDAY MAY 6 – BLACKPOOL EMPRESS BALLROOM
THURSDAY MAY 7 – BLACKPOOL EMPRESS BALLROOM

SATURDAY MAY 9 – BIRMINGHAM ARENA
FRIDAY JULY 10 – CARDIFF CASTLE

Speaking to NME about their 2020 tour, Foals said how they were looking forward to playing “enormo-domes” – and promise a lot of stagecraft and fancy visuals to create “a 360, immersive experience”.

Meanwhile, Foals are just a few hundred copies ahead of James Arthur in the race for this week’s UK Number One album.

In a five star review of their latest album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2′, NME’s Andrew Trendell wrote: “Not only a fittingly accomplished conclusion to their most adventurous and masterful project to date, ‘Part 2’ is also a thoroughbred belter of a record and utterly complete album in its own right.

“Add it all up and the ‘Everything Not Lost’ era is testament to all that Foals are capable of – in sound, in scope and in greatness.”