Many bands go through a period away from the limelight, whether it be an extended break between albums or an indefinite hiatus as members explore other projects.
When fans and band members alike begin yearning for the thrills of a live performance, however, there’s no better time than the festival season to announce your return with a surprise headline announcement or two. Here’s four of the best and biggest acts already announced to return with new music and live shows this festival season 2016.
Probably the most exciting and talked about reunion of recent years, James Murphy and co’s comeback was heavily rumoured late last year, and though thoroughly rubbished by the band’s label at the time, LCD Soundsystem have made a reappearance with plans for a tour and new album. The news may have dampened the hype around the infamous Madison Square Garden ‘farewell’ show of 2011, but new and younger fans will relish the opportunity to catch the titans of dance-punk in person. Already confirmed headliners at a string of US and European festivals, expect a few more UK dates to be added to their appearances at T in the Park and a London-exclusive slot at Lovebox.
Having been on a break from writing and recording new music since the 2013 release of Opposites, Biffy Clyro are back with the promise of new music and the return of their raucous live show to T in the Park. Biffy played only one UK solitary show in the entirety of 2015, squeezed in on New Year’s Eve, so fans will be eager to catch the band after having been away from the live scene for so long.
Touring in support of her first albums since 2011 mercury prize-winning Let England Shake, Harvey is currently one of only a handful of confirmed acts for Glastonbury. Her new record, entitled The Hope Six Demolition Project, will be released in mid-April; plenty of time for fans to get acquainted with the new songs before the singer-songwriters performances at Cornwall-based Eden Sessions, and London’s Field Day.
The Stone Roses
Though having technically already reformed in 2011, The Stone Roses are back for their first UK and US appearance in 3 years (which counts as a comeback in my book). Last year, the Indie-Rock legends teased a string of headline gigs at the Etihad stadium, and are now expected to add more dates to their Summer itinerary. Already confirmed for T in the Park and rumoured for Glastonbury among others, chances are high you’ll be able to catch Ian Brown and co. over the coming months. Just don’t hold your breath for the long-awaited third album from the Manchester bunch, as although strongly rumoured amongst some tabloids, has been just as categorically denied.