After the recent announcement of their forthcoming new studio album, synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) reveal details of their return to the stage, with the band taking to the road next year. 

Across February & March 2024, OMD will play 22 dates across the UK & Ireland, including their biggest ever London headline show at London’s O2 Arena on March 24th, 2024 – with support coming from the legendary Howard Jones (London only) & Walt Disco (all other dates)“We are so excited to be able to tour again with a brand new album to showcase.” says Andy McCluskey. “It’s been six years since we learned new songs for live performances. The songs from Bauhaus Staircase will fit beautifully into our setlist – we just have to choose which five to play, as we have to treat people to the hits as well!”

The band also release ‘Slow Train’ – the second installment from their forthcoming new studio album Bauhaus Staircase – out October 27th on 100% Records. A raucous, glam-tinged explosion, ‘Slow Train’ arrives with help from the band;s only other external influence David Watts. Known as a rock producer, who helmed Sheffield band The Reytons’ recent No 1 album What’s Rock And Roll?, he brings a sharp, exciting new sound to the record. Watch the incredible futuristic animated video (created by Cine1080 Studio) HERE.

“Slow Train is a bonkers song and the video is stunningly crazy!” Andy reflects. “It feels nice to be able to challenge people’s expectations of the band after 45 years of creating music”

The new album sees the band’s most explicitly political record and the crowning achievement of their desire to be both Stockhausen and Abba – born from the impetus to kickstart new explorations during lockdown. A broad, electronic, sonic masterpiece that lyrically tackles the topics of the future, it was predominantly written, recorded, and mixed by both McCluskey & Paul Humphreys (who has recently become a second-time father). 

OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which has established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 albums include reissued ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ (1980), ‘Organisation’ (1980), ‘Architecture & Morality’ (1981) and ‘Dazzle Ships’ (1983).

By rights, OMD should be in semi-retirement, performing classics like Enola Gay and Maid Of Orleans on the nostalgia festival circuit like so many peers. Instead, they’ve created a landmark album worthy of their finest work. If real life meant OMD were happy to get help, Bauhaus Staircase remains unmistakably the work of a duo who are still perfectly in sync 45 years after their first gig at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s. 

OMD play the following UK dates across February & March 2024:
*Support comes from Howard Jones (London Only) & Walt Disco (All Other Dates)

February 2024
Tue 27th        Belfast, Ulster Hall
Wed 28th       Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre

Fri 1st           Manchester, O2 Apollo
Sun 3rd        Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Tue 5th        Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 6th       Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Fri 8th          Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Sat 9th         Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Sun 10th      Sheffield, City Hall
Tue 12th       Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Wed 13th     Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Fri 15th        Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
Sat 16th       Swansea, Arena
Sun 17th      Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavillion
Tue 19th       Bristol, Beacon
Wed 20th     Oxford, New Theatre
Fri 22nd       Portsmouth, Guildhall
Sat 23rd       Ipswich, Regent
Sun 24th      London, The O2*
Tue 26th      Brighton, Dome
Wed 27th     Eastbourne, Winter Gardens

OMD Announce February/March 2024 
UK Headline Tour

Includes London’s O2 Arena – March 24th, 2024
With Support From Howard Jones (London Only) & Walt Disco (All Other Dates)

Artist & Venue Pre Sales: Wednesday 20th Sept @ 10.00am
General On Sale: Friday 22nd Sept @ 10.00am

New Single ‘Slow Train’ 
Taken From Forthcoming New Studio Album Bauhaus Staircase
Out October 27th, 2023 on 100% Records

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