Following their spellbinding sold out summer show at Iveagh Gardens, Future Islands announce their return to the city with a headline show at Donnybrook Stadium on 17th June 2018.
Future Islands first performed in Ireland in June 2009 opening for their friend and fellow Baltimore native Dan at Andrew’s Lane Theatre. They returned in September that year for their first ever Irish headline show Upstairs at Whelan’s performing to approximately 17 people. Those 17 people witnessed a phenomenal, emotional, redemptive performance and word spread so much so that when they returned in 2010 to play The Workman’s Club and 2012 to play Whelan’s, they sold out those shows in advance.
By the time, Future Islands were confirmed for two nights at Vicar Street in 2014 they were fast becoming global stars with the success of the Singles album and the impact of those unique incomparable live performances. Earlier this year, they quickly sold out their biggest Irish show to 4,000 people at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Next year, they will outdo themselves again in a country where they very much feel a special connection and appreciation for what they do and the passion with which they deliver it.
The years since the release of Singles have been transformative for Future Islands, catapulting the Baltimore-based band from cult favorites to synthpop icons. As addictive songs like breakout “Seasons (Waiting on You)” turned the world on to sublime pleasures a loyal fan base already knew, this hard-touring band plowed forward, playing their 1,000th show in July 2015 and celebrating their 10th anniversary in February 2016. Now Future Islands have returned at the top of their game with their latest release The Far Field, delivering twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road as only they can.
The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars), and Gerrit Welmers(keyboards, programming). The result is Future Islands’ best set of songs yet, both an emotional summation of the themes they’ve explored over the past decade and a further distillation of their signature art-pop sound.
Drawing inspiration from their community of friends and their growing numbers of fans, The Far Field brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes: that there’s power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath—and be stronger for it. The Far Field speaks directly to the bruised but brave romantic each of us carries within. It’s forty-five minutes of brilliant pop mini-symphonies made for dancing, loving, and self-reflection; twelve beautiful reminders that one can grow and evolve while still staying true to oneself—just as this band has done for a decade now and counting.
Tickets priced €63 go on sale Thursday 26th at 9am – buy yours here.