Tears For Fears will make a triumphant return to their home city in May 2018 to headline on Saturday 26th May as part of the special finale weekend of the 70th Anniversary of The Bath Festival with special guest Alison Moyet.
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK, Tears For Fears have sold an astronomical 30 million albums worldwide, performed to countless sold out audiences, won various awards, and are currently more popular than ever, particularly in their home city. 2018 sees Tears for Fears embark on an 11 date UK & Ireland arena tour, the ‘Rule The World Tour 2018’, with the band announcing they will headline the first of two days of live music on the Bath Rec for the closing weekend of The Bath Festival which runs from 11 to 27 May.
The band’s Roland Orzabal said: “We have a massive six months ahead, and this just tops it off beautifully. Coming home to play in the city where it all started for us 37 years ago on the Rec for the finale weekend of the 70th anniversary of the Bath Festival is a perfect way to round off the tour. We can’t wait.”
Tears For Fears’ special guest will be the iconic voice of Alison Moyet, with more big names across the weekend to be announced soon. Ian Stockley, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals said: “We’re delighted to announce plans for our finale weekend on the Rec, 26th – 27th May where we will have three outdoor stages and a number of hugely exciting acts across the two days. The mix of events will allow us to deliver a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family, as a conclusion to the true festival experience that we are developing for the city across the 17 days. There could not be a more appropriate band to announce, as our first headline act for this weekend of events than Tears For Fears.”
Tears For Fears boast a catalogue of huge hits, including classics such as ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, ‘Shout’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Head Over Heels’, and ‘Woman In Chains’, and have already sold out a number of dates across the UK in the spring.
Tears For Fears is Roland Orzabal on vocals, guitar, keyboards, and Curt Smith vocals, bass and keyboards. Their recently released Greatest Hits album, ‘Rule The World’ features all the aforementioned hits and more, plus it boasts the first original music from the duo since 2004, the single ‘I Love You But I’m Lost’ and acoustic track ‘Stay’.
Three-times BRIT Award-winner and Grammy-nominee, Alison Moyet, has released 9 solo studio albums with 2017 seeing the release of the critically-acclaimed album ‘Other’, and her biggest world tour for thirty years.
The new festival weekend finale comes almost 50 years after Bath Blues Festival (1969), which featured a stellar line-up on the Rec including the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In the crowd that day was Michael Eavis, who was inspired by the experience and started Glastonbury Festival the following year (1970).
The Bath Festival returns as an extended 17 day multi-arts festival from 11 to 27 May 2018, celebrating the city with music and literature at its heart, engaging with the wider community and bringing the streets of Bath to life.
General Onsale: Friday 15 December
How to book
In person at Bath Box Office from 10.30am to 5pm on the release dates (as specified above)
By telephone on 01225 463362.
Online at www.thebathfestival.org.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk
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