Gang of Youths to support Sam Fender at 5 UK shows

Gang of Youths will play five shows around the UK as the support act for Sam Fender. The 9-day run is part of Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles UK tour, and all shows are already sold out.

The dates and locations are:

  • March 26 & 27: Alexandra Palace, London
  • March 31: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • April 2: First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • April 3: Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Those are fairly big arenas, ranging from about 10,000 capacity to almost 14,000 at First Direct Arena in Leeds. GOY played bigger venues in the past when supporting Mumford & Sons and Foo Fighters, but this will prove to be good exposure, nonetheless, especially with a new album on the way.

Brooke Bentham is opening four prior shows for Fender in Manchester and Glasgow.

(Top photo by Paul Hudson, used via Creative Commons)

Gang of Youths adds first U.S. gigs of 2020: Ohana & Sea.Hear.Now festivals

Gang of Youths has announced its first U.S. shows of 2020 — two Live Nation festivals happening on consecutive weekends in September. Oh, and they’re on opposite sides of the country.

First up will be the Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park, NJ. The festival happens over two days, September 19-20. The schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, so we don’t know which day Gang of Youths will perform. Tickets are on sale now.

This’ll be a pretty cool weekend for GOY, especially for Dave L. Asbury Park is Bruce Springsteen country, and the festival takes place within walking distance of the world-famous Stone Pony, where Springsteen began his career in the 1970s. And we all know Dave L. is a big Springsteen fan, so you can imagine what the band’s Instagram account is gonna look like that weekend.

The following weekend, Gang of Youths will be in Southern California for another beach-themed gig at the Ohana Festival. GOY performs on September 26, day two of the 3-day event at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA.

Tickets for the Ohana Festival go on sale this Friday, March 13.

Gang of Youths records with Auckland Gospel Choir

Two days after crushing its appearance at the Down to Earth fire relief concert in Melbourne, the band was back in the studio Friday presumably working on its new album.

But this time, they were at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand, and they were working with members of the Auckland Gospel Choir. The studio’s Instagram account shared a group photo with the caption, “What a fantastic day! @gangofyouths recording in Studio A with the Auckland Gospel Choir.”

Both the studio and the band shared video of the collaboration via IG Stories — but it wasn’t actual Gang of Youths music you could see or hear. The studio’s IG story mentioned that the choir was “warming up” for its session with the band, and in that clip you can see all five members of GOY sitting on a bench watching the choir sing. The band’s IG stories show the studio filled with singing and dancing (especially Dave!). We compiled those stories into this video clip.

As always, we’ve updated our Gang of Youths new album page — keep an eye there for all the latest album updates, and you can scroll down for past news you may have missed.