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OMD Announce Special 40th Anniversary World Tour, Including 21 UK dates

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with the announcement of a special world tour. Starting in October in Portugal, stretching through to February 2020 finishing in Paris, the band will be joined by both Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw. UK dates below, with VIP pre-sale on March 12th and general sale March 14th – 9.00am:

October

Weds 23rd             Northern Ireland, Belfast Ulster Hall

Sat 26th                  England,  Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Sun 27th                 England, York Barbican

Mon 28th               England, Hull Arena

Weds 30th             England, Gateshead Sage

Tues 31st                Scotland, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

November

Fri 1st                      England, Manchester Apollo

Sun 3rd                   England, Sheffield City Hall

Mon 4th                 England, Liverpool Empire

Tues 5th                  England, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thurs 7th                 England, Leicester De Montfort Hall

Fri 8th                      England, Bath Pavilion

Sat 9th                    England, Oxford New Theatre

Mon 11th               England, Guildford G Live

Tues 12th               England, Portsmouth Guildhall

Weds 13th             England, Watford Colosseum

Fri 15th                   England, Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sat 16th                  England, Ipswich Regent

Sun 17th                 England, Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

Tues 19th               England, Bournemouth Pavilion

Weds 20th             England, London Eventim Apollo

Today’s announcement comes as part of another exciting installment of the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations which first saw the reissue of their first four classic albums on 180g vinyl, mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and housed in their original iconic die cut sleeves designed by the legendary Peter Saville.

“Electronic music is our language,” Andy McCluskey says. “It’s how we talk.”
“We’re at our best when we’re in a room together, working,” Paul Humphreys adds. “That’s when the sparks and ideas happen. It’s the same now as it ever was.”

The band were formed in 1978 by teenage friends Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. They quickly became electro-pioneers with a string of hit albums released throughout the 1980’s, eventually selling over 25 million singles and 15 million albums across their career to date, establishing them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups.

Last year OMD also played two acclaimed concerts at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in October. Both shows sold out and featured orchestral arrangements of many of OMD’s biggest hits, with The Times’ four star review describing the arrangements as “working perfectly with the orchestra and demonstrating how uncompromising OMD have been“. It also went on to say that the band “rejected every rock’n’roll cliché going and made the Philharmonic Hall seem like their spiritual home.” The shows coincided with the anniversary of OMD’s first ever gig which took place at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s in October 1978.

The celebrations also spawned a must-read special 40th anniversary book which tells the story of OMD from the garage beginnings right through to the latest sell out tours. Featuring memories from band members, other musical artists that they have influenced, famous admirers and loyal fans.

As part of their world tour, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will also join The B-52’s and Tom Tom Club for a run of US dates in the August & September. They are also set to release a definitive singles collection later this year. More info is set to follow.

WORLD TOUR DATES:

October

Tues 15th               Portugal, Lisbon Aula Magna

Weds 16th             Portugal, Porto Casa da Musica

Sat 19th                  Spain, Madrid Riviera

Mon 21st                Spain Barcelona Apolo

Tues 24th               Ireland, Dublin Olympia

November

Mon 25th               Germany, Rostock Stadthalle

Tues 26th               Germany, Dresden Kulturpalast

Thurs 28th              Germany, Leipzig Haus Auensee

Fri 29th                   Germany, Berlin Tempodrom

Sat 30th                  Germany, Hamburg Grosse Freiheit

December

Mon 2nd                Germany, Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle

Tues 3rd                  Germany, Stuttgart Liederhalle

Thurs 5th                 Germany, Düsseldorf M.Electric-Hall

Fri 6th                      Germany, Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle

February 2020

Mon 3rd                 Poland, Krakow Studio

Tues 4th                  Poland, Warsaw Progresja

Fri 7th                      Norway, Oslo Rockefeller Musichall

Sun 9th                   Sweden, Stockholm Berns

Mon 10th               Sweden, Malmo KB

Weds 12th             Denmark, Copenhagen Vegas

Fri 14th                   Belgium, Brussels Ancienne Belgique

Sat 15th                  Netherlands, Utrecht Tivoli

Sun 16th                 France, Paris La Cigale

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