Alt-J have been announced for a Dublin 3Olympia show next May 22nd 2022.
The announcement comes as part of a tour and a new track ‘Get Better’, the second track from their forthcoming album The Dream, out February 11, 2022 via Infectious Music/BMG.
Tickets for Dublin are €45+ on sale Friday November 12th at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie.
The animated video was made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald.
On the song Joe Newman explains:
Going deeper into the process of creating the track, Newman says, “ ‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe – or I hope – that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”
On describing the experience of first hearing the demo, Newman’s band mate Unger-Hamilton said, “when Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”
The band have also announced a prize draw to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar, the same model of guitar that Newman wrote most of The Dream on and used in the recording of ‘Get Better’, which he has inscribed with handwritten lyrics from the track. All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International – a global children’s charity working in over 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls and protect the rights of all children. Fans can enter the prize draw here.
alt-J UK & Ireland tour 2022
07 May 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
09 May 2022 – Leeds, England – O2 Academy Leeds
13 May 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
18 May 2022 – London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
22 May 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
25 May 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
27 May 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham