If you’re a Nineties kid who wishes they lived in the Eighties to go and see the gigs of the likes of a-ha (or a music fan in a broader sense), this is your happy day. The band returns on stage, but this time with an acoustic set – and they’ve included one London date in their world tour schedule.
Their return with Cast In Steel back in 2015 surprised many – but Morten Harket, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy and Magne Furuholmen, the musicians behind such hits as Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines on TV, are about to bring more music on. The band has announced the release of their new album and a concert film that they’re planning to record, alongside tour dates. Their only UK show will take place at The O2 next year, on Wednesday, the 14th of February 2018.
Their new album will not mean the return to the studio: it’ll be recorded live in June 2017, and performed acoustically, without their normal electronic set-up.
The band have never done a full acoustic set, so it’s a new opportunity for them to present the songs to the audience differently. As they say, they never really support themselves with much technology when they lay the base for their material, so it’s a chance for the fans to hear how a lot of their songs were written.
“We’ve always done unplugged stuff on each show,” explains Pål about the origins of the project, “but we’ve never done a full concert. So that’s going to be cool.”
What will the fans hear? According to Magne, the set will comprise of “the old hits, stuff from the catalogue that we haven’t performed for a long time, if ever, and some new stuff … we’ve rediscovered some of the old songs and look forward to turning this into something for our listeners.”
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, the 7th of April, and you can get them at www.theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.
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