Massive Attack reveal 2019 tour dates for 20th anniversary of 'Mezzanine'
The trip-hop pioneers have revealed the dates for the European leg of their anniversary tour and will be joined by 'Teardrop' singer Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins on the trek.
In case you weren't feeling old enough already, here's something that'll help. Massive Attack's breakthrough album 'Mezzanine' turns 20 years old this year.
It seems like only yesterday that the trip-hop pioneers unleased the classic haunting tunes 'Angel', 'Teardrop' (which famously featured in the opening sequence of 'House MD') and the likes, but the group's definitive album has no doubt aged gracefully.
To celebrate the occasion, the trip-hop legends have announced an anniversary tour to take place in North America and Europe in 2019. A press release promises that the Mezzanine tour will be “a totally new audio/visual production” that will honor the album with “custom audio reconstructed from the original samples and influences.”
Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja described the tour as the band's “own personalized nostalgia nightmare head trip,” so it looks like fans can expect an immersive Massive Attack experience. A number of Massive Attack collaborators will join the band on the road, including 'Teardrop' singer Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins.
Massive Attack recently announced a reissue of the classic album, both in a traditional package and as "DNA encoded in a spray can."
The highly ambitious plan involves encoding the 11 tracks into 920,000 actual strands of DNA and then releasing it as a DNA-encoded spray paint.
“It’s a creative way to store your back catalogue, although DNA-encoded spray paint is unlikely to be adopted by street artists seeking anonymity,” said Massive Attack’s 3D, who is also a graffiti artist who is one of the key forerunners in the list of people rumored to be graffiti artist Banksy. Although the DNA spray cans will be limited in number, you can pre-order the reissue of 'Mezzanine' on all major streaming platforms here.
Massive Attack’s album Mezzanine is now available in a can of spraypaint. Each can contains one million copies of the album, encoded as DNA and embedded within the matt black paint— IMS College (@imscollege) October 26, 2018
How creative can you be when it comes to releasing your music? pic.twitter.com/MKvM0yVH5h
Dates for the European leg -- which passes through the UK, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland -- were announced on Tuesday and can you can check out the full schedule below. The North American leg will be detailed on November 2, but Consequence of Sound reports that the band has already revealed they’ll be visiting Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Saint Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego as part of their tour
Massive Attack 2019 Tour Dates:
01/28 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
01/29 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
01/31 – Brussels, BE @ Palais 12
02/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
02/04 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
02/05 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
02/06 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
02/08 – Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica
02/09 – Padua, IT @ Kioene Arena
02/11 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
02/13 – Nantes, FR @ Zenith de Nantes Metropole
02/14 – Bordeaux, UK @ Bordeaux Metropole Arena
02/18 – Lisbon, PT @ Campo Pequeno
02/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
02/24 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
03/01 – Bristol, UK @ Steel Yard