Upcoming UK & Ireland dates including London's Roundhouse
Last autumn saw the release of The Art Of Pretending To Swim, Villagers acclaimed fourth album that was shortlisted for Ireland’s Choice Music Prize last week. On TAOPTS, Conor O’Brien balanced a new-found soulfulness with lyrical themes that embraced existential fears and hopes in this desper-ate, technologically-centred dystopian age, all while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Today, we are pleased to share a new visualiser for ‘Real Go-Getter’.
On ‘Real Go-Getter’, amidst wheezing synths, O’Brien sings “Give all you got | And if you’re feeling like you’ve had enough | There’s only one way and it’s always up”, it represents an internal pep talk and a mantra for Conor.
Following an extensive European tour at the end of 2018, Villagers will play a string of UK dates
including London’s Roundhouse and has also announced a huge summer headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens.
Villagers live dates
Tues 26th Feb – Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor
Thurs 28th Feb – The Roundhouse, London
Fri 1st March – Cathedral, Manchester
Sat 2nd March – Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
Fri 12th July – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards (the most recent being 2016’s Album Award for Darling Arithmetic), two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is also a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize. Additionally, Villagers’ music featured in the high profile HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’, Conor has collaborated with the composer Nico Muhly (that track featuring in the Paulo Sorrentino Berlusconi biopic ‘Loro 2’) and Villagers’ Spotify session of ‘Nothing Arrived’ has hit over 120 million streams.
The Art Of Pretending To Swim is available to buy on Domino Mart-exclusive deluxe LP (includes 10” of a 12-minute version of ‘Ada’ and B-side ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ plus signed lyric booklet), Deluxe LP (includes ‘Ada’/’This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ 10”), Standard LP, CD and digitally. Buy: Dom Mart | Digital