From breakthrough performances at SXSW and The Great Escape, to their current run of SOLD OUT headline shows in the capital, and landmark festival appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude, Blaenavon are rapidly emerging as one of 2016’s most exciting new acts.
Latest single Let’s Pray is currently on regular rotation at Radio 1 – picking up daily plays and being championed by Annie Mac and Huw Stephens – whilst the NME called the cut “sweet, delicate and powerful” when including in their Best New Tracks.
The band has now unveiled its accompanying video – a darkly humorous revenge-film directed by fast rising collaborator Claes Nordwall.
Discussing the film, the director offered the following; “I wanted to bring the exploitation and revenge-film style into a current scenario. Taking a loose cue from Abel Ferarra’s “Ms. 45” (1981). This cold blooded / calm tempered girl being a dystopian example of an increasingly detached youth who spend too much time online. It felt like a suitable plot for the song’s dark lyrical themes.”
‘Let’s Pray’ is a massive, emotive and bold statement of intent from the Hampshire three-piece on top of their game, Blaenavon’s dark romanticism exudes lonesome warmth – reminiscent of The Smiths and The Cure – and self-assured, mellifluous tendencies. It’s the second track – following Radio 1 Single Of The Week ‘I Will Be The World’ – taken from their forthcoming debut, produced by Grammy-winning producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bjork)
Blaenavon are set to perform one of their biggest shows to date at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals on the Festival Republic stage, before heading out on a full UK tour – including dates with The Hunna and the own headline show at The Scala throughout September and October.
BLAENAVON – SUMMER FESTIVALS AND AUTUMN LIVE DATES
# w/ The Sherlocks
* w/ The Hunna
26th Aug – 28th Aug 2016 – Reading & Leeds
2nd-4th Sep – Bingley Music Live
5th Sep – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms#
6th Sep – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach#
8th Sep – Bristol – Thekla#
10th Sep – Warwick University – The Copper Rooms#
12th Sep – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2#
13th Sep – Leicester – O2 Academy 2#
14th Sep – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms#
15th Sep – Liverpool – Arts Club Loft#
16th Sep – Manchester – O2 Ritz#
17th Sep – Glasgow – O2 ABC#
18th Sep – Newcastle – Riverside#
19th Sep – Stoke – The Sugarmill#
20th Sep – Leeds – The Wardrobe#
22nd Sep – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms*
25th Sep – Cardiff – The Globe*
26th Sep – Bristol – Thekla*
27th Sep – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms*
28th Sep – Liverpool – Arts Club*
30th Sep – Leeds – Wardrobe*
1st Oct -Newcastle – Academy 2*
2nd Oct – Glasgow – The Garage*
3rd Oct – Manchester – Academy 2*
4th Oct – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2*
5th Oct – London – The Forum*
8th Oct – Neighbourhood Festival
14th Oct – London – Scala (Headline show)
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