This Is It: The Strokes confirm first show of 2019 as part of ‘global comeback’

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The Strokes have confirmed their first show of 2019, taking top billing at Spain’s Bilbao BBK Festival.

The indie icons, who last performed in April 2017, will perform alongside the likes of Weezer, Thom Yorke, Brockhampton and Suede across July 11-13. Tickets start from €125 (£112) for three days and you can buy them here.

A representative has confirmed that this is part of a ‘global comeback’. Further European and world festival dates are expected to be announced in the weeks and months ahead.


Check out the full line-up below.

Bilbao BBK 2019 line-up

Although it marks their first show in two years, Strokes fans were fooled into thinking that they had confirmed a secret London show earlier this year. In July, a tweet from music venue Dingwalls announced a performance of a “very special one off show” from ‘Venison’ in the traditional logo style of The Strokes.

The Strokes – Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty

Despite fans queuing to get their hands on tickets, it later emerged that the hoax show had been organised by a disgruntled employee in a leaving shot at the venue.

Discussing the hoax, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr later told NME: “I didn’t feel the need to respond. It felt more exciting for it to be its own story. I remember reading tweets and someone said ‘my daughter went and took the train’. I didn’t respond – if I was a teenager and I did that it would feel like a fun journey, a part of life.


“It wasn’t like I set it up. It was just funny and I see that a lot – there’s a lot of technology but no one wants to use it to find out where we are.”