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AIR to play classic album Moon Safari in Dublin this summer

AIR to play classic album Moon Safari in Dublin this summer

AIR French Band play Moon Safari in full in Dublin. Photo: Willy Huvey

The French band AIR will celebrate 25 years of their seminal chill electronic album Moon Safari at Trinity College this summer.

Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel’w debut album permeated pop culture at the time of release in 1998 drawing from its kitsch korgs, dreamy lounge sounds, chillout vibes, vocodered vocals and nostalgic electronic pop.

I absolutely loved it.

It includes the singles ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’,  ‘All I Need’ and ‘Sexy Boy’ and the opening song ‘La Femme D’Argent’.

Moon Safari will be played by Air outdoors at The Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin on Sunday June 30th as part of the band’s live dates around the record.

So delighted to see the announcement after gigs were announced in Europe for the same thing in February and March initially. The band have added more dates including Dublin and Barcelona’s Sonar among them.

Air – Moon Safari Tickets – Dublin gig information

  • Artist: Air
  • Venue: The Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin (outdoors)
  • City/town: Dublin
  • Date: Sunday June 30th
  • Ticket info: Tickets for Dublin show are on sale Friday February 16th at 9am with an MCD promoter presale on Thursday February 15th.
  • Ticket price: TBC..

A reissued version of the album Moon Safari, presented as a deluxe audio-video package on March 8th, Parlophone/ Warner Music. The album re-issue (a Deluxe 2CD/Blu Ray Audio-Video) will include a Spatial Dolby Atmos audio version of the original album along with super rare or previously unreleased tracks as well as Mike Mill’s 1998 documentary film ‘Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing’ filmed during the band’s first ever worldwide tour and more…

A poster for a concert

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AIR Moon Safari tour dates

  • Feb 24 Antigel @ Victoria Hall, Geneva – Ch Sold Out
  • Feb 25 Fabrique, Milan – Italy Sold Out
  • Feb 27 Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna – Austria Sold Out
  • Feb 29 De Roma, Antwerp – Belgium Sold Out
  • March 2 Theater Des Westens, Berlin – Germany Sold Out
  • March 7 L’Olympia, Paris – France Sold Out
  • March 8 Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands Sold Out
  • March 24 London Coliseum, London – UK Sold Out
  • May 30 London Royal Albert Hall – UK * on sale
  • June 14 Sonar Festival, Barcelona – Spain * on sale
  • June 24 Days Off Festival, Philharmonie De Paris – France * on sale March 2024
  • June 30 Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin – Ireland * on sale 16 February 9am
  • July 21 Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin – Germany * on sale
  • July 23 Medastadt Open Air, Vienna – Austria * on sale

More about Moon Safari

Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the release of Moon Safari catapulted Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel to the uppermost rung of electronic music’s ladder and left an indelible imprint on pop culture at the end of the 20th Century.

Despite being young 20-somethings at the time and having only released one EP to date, Godin and Dunckel’s stars aligned and together they were blessed with the creative skill to make the perfect electronic pop songs. These two students of astrophysics and architecture set about creating their own universe with the confidence and pedigree of seasoned pros.

Today, the record’s legacy is canonical, but at the time of release, its multi-million success was far from assured. Says Dunckel: “We were a duo doing some electronic thing, dreaming of selling 10,000 copies and being recognised by other musicians as cool. Then suddenly, we met the world.” In no time at all, AIR’s downtempo influence was easy to detect all around. 

Through Moon Safari, Air’s music infiltrated and transfixed some of the great visionaries of the late 20th century – David Bowie, Madonna, Beck – as well as influencing preeminent aesthetes of the incoming age – including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kevin Parker and Sofia Coppola, whose creative relationship with Air became as synergetic as that of Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch (another fan).

Dunckel sums up his own album as “a deep, universal spell, full of love and mystery.

To me,” Godin concludes, “Moon Safari is perfect.” And who can argue…

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