Super Furry Animals are to play five gigs in May – their first live shows in six years. The news was announced via a video today (February 27) – click below to watch.
The group will also reissue their fourth studio album, ‘Mwng’, as a two-disc and triple-vinyl package to mark its 15th anniversary. It will contain five tracks previously released on the US version of ‘Mwng’ under the name ‘Mwng Bach’ as well as a previously unreleased John Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP. The album will be released on Domino on May 1.
Super Furry Animals ceased recording and touring after 2009’s ‘Dark Days/Light Years’ album, but never announced an official split. Since then, the members have been busy with various other projects – the most high profile being frontman Gruff Rhys’ solo career and continuing work with Boom Bip as conceptual electro outfit Neon Neon.
Speaking exclusively to NME in an interview that will appear in next week’s issue, Rhys said: “It will be good just to play and hang out again. We’ll probably be doing a different set every night and songs off all our nine studio albums. We’ll be doing quite a lot of ‘Mwng’ because it’s fun to play, but probably not the whole thing.”
Super Furry Animals will play:
Cardiff University (May 1, 2)
Glasgow O2 Academy (May 5)
Manchester Albert Hall (6)
London O2 Academy Brixton (8)