Almost five years on from their last visit to the country, English indie icons alt-J have announced their return to Australia, sharing a run of tour dates this morning.
Last in the country in late 2017 in support of their third full-length album, Relaxer, the honorary Australians have – like the rest of the world – spent the last few years in a form of stasis. Returning to the stage late last year, the group began their large scale return with the release of new singles “U&Me” and “Get Better” and announcing their fourth record, The Dream, would emerge in early 2022.
Now, one day before the group unleash their latest album, they’ve also shared a number of Australian tour dates, which are set to kick off later this year.
Set to begin with a visit to Auckland on September 17th, alt-J will head over to Australia soon after, playing headline dates in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth.
In an interview with Rolling Stone UK, the group’s forthcoming album is described as both “the work of a band artistically grounded in the here and now” and a “masterpiece”, ultimately setting the stage for what is bound to be some of the group’s best work and most exciting shows to date.
“This is gonna sound really extreme, but something died on Relaxer and something was reborn on The Dream,” says keyboardist and vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton. “We’ve entered a new life cycle.”
alt-J’s The Dream is set for release on Friday, February 11th.
alt–J – The Dream Tour Australia & New Zealand 2022
Saturday September, 17th
Spark Arena, Auckland, NZ
Tuesday, September 20th
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, September 22nd
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, September 24th
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday, September 27th
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday, September 29th
HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Tickets on sale from 12pm local time, Friday, February 18th
Frontier Touring pre-sale runs 24 hours from 12pm local time, Tuesday, February 15th