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SONIC YOUTH have a series of European dates lined up for June.

The gigs will take various forms, some as straightforward Sonic Youth gigs, some focusing on their work for their own SYR label, in particular their last album ‘Goodbye 20th Century’, and culminating with a solo performance by Thurston Moore in Italy.

Additionally, they have a previously-announced one-off at London Royal Festival Hall, their only UK show, which will feature a special appearance by the Glenn Branca Trio, paying tribute to modern composers of the avant garde. Billed ‘Goodbye 20th Century’, the show will see Jim O’Rourke join them onstage along with percussionist William Winant, who had played with composer Cage.

The band, who are taking time out from recording their next album, which will not be released until next year, will play at:

Paris, Olympia (Sonic Youth) (June 7)

Zurich, Rote Fabrik (Sonic Youth) (8)

Gent, Vooruit (SYR performance) (9, 10)

Amsterdam, Paradiso (Sonic Youth) (12)

Amsterdam, Stadsschouwburg (SYR Performance) (13)

Barcelona, Sonar Festival (SYR performance) (14)

London, Royal Festival Hall (Sonic Youth) (16)

Verona, Italy (Thurston solo) (24)

The band have recently written the soundtrack to a film about a rock journalist called ‘Things Behind The Sun’, by director Allison Anders, which stars Eric Stoltz and Rosanna Arquette, and are currently working on the score for ‘Demon Lover’, by Olivier Asyanas.

Sonic Youth will curate the first US All Tomorrow’s Parties, held at UCLA in California mid-October. Artists have yet to be confirmed.