Bloc Party have announced their first live dates for 2012. The band, who are currently working on the follow up to their third album, 2008’s ‘Intimacy’, have lined up two European festival dates, their first shows in almost three years. They will play the Peace & Love Festival in Sweden on 29th June and the Melt Festival in Germany from 13th-15th July. For more information go to Peaceandlove.se and >meltfestival.de.
Guitarist Russell Lissack wrote in a mail out to fans:
“Hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since our last show”
“We’re really excited to announce our first festival appearances for this summer, at which we’ll be debuting material from our forthcoming new album.”
No UK dates have yet been lined up.
Last month frontman Kele Okereke said a new album will be out at some point later this year. The band have been working on their fourth LP in New York. Last year Kele courted controversy by claiming that while he was busy with his solo career, the remaining members of Bloc Party would be auditioning new singers to allow them to continue playing together. Bloc Party soon backtracked on the admission, which had been made to NME. Zane Lowe went on to contact the band’s management, who denied the developments. Lowe then took to Twitter to claim:
“Bloc Party thing is nonsense. Management confirm it. Solid… solid as a rrrrock.”
As management officially denied there was anything going on, the band distanced themselves from the claims. It was then suggested that the four members had been in cahoots to whip up publicity for the band and ‘get one over’ on the media.