Villagers | 09/02/15

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Following the news of the forthcoming album, ‘Darling Arithmetic’, which is due for release on 13th April 2015, we are pleased to announce that Villagers will be touring the UK and Europe this April and May 2015. The UK tour will culminate in Villagers’ biggest London headline show to date at The Barbican on 1st May, where Conor O’Brien will perform songs from ‘Darling Arithmetic’ as well as classic Villagers tracks from Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland.

Live dates are as follows:

Fri 20 Feb – UK: Hebden Bridge: Trades Club

Sat 21 Feb – UK: Gateshead: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, The Sage

Sat 11 Apr - Holland: Rotterdam Motel Mozaique: Schouwburg

Tue 14 Apr – UK: Bristol: St Georges

Wed 15 Apr – UK: Falmouth: Pavilions

Thu 16 Apr – UK: Exeter: Phoenix

Fri 17 Apr – UK: Brighton: The Old Market

Sun 19 Apr – UK: Liverpool: Epstein Theatre

Mon 20 Apr – UK: Manchester: Concert Hall

Tue 21 Apr – UK: Leeds: City Varieties

Thu 23 Apr – UK: Portsmouth: Wedgewood Rooms

Fri 24 Apr – UK: Cardiff: The Gate

Sun 26 Apr – UK: Nottingham: Glee Club

Mon 27 Apr – UK: Edinburgh: Pleasance Theatre

Tue 28 Apr – UK: Glasgow: Oran Mor

Fri 01 May – UK:  London: Barbican

Mon 04 May – France: Paris: Café de la Danse

Tue 05 May – France: Tourcoing: Le Grand Mix

Thu 07 May – Holland: Utrecht: Tivoli Vredenburg

Fri 08 May – Holland: Amsterdam: De Duif

Sat 09 May – Luxembourg: Luxembourg: Rockhal

Sun 10 May – Germany: Heidleburg: Karlstorbahnhof

Tue 12 May – Germany: Hamburg: Kulturkirche

Wed 13 May – Germany: Cologne: Gebaeude

Thu 14 May – Germany: Berlin: Babylon

Sat 16 May – Holland: Nijmegen: Doornroosje

Wed 20 May – Ireland: Dublin: Olympia Theatre

Sat 23 May – Ireland: Cork: Opera House

Sun 24 May – Ireland: Limerick: Big Top

Mon 25 May – Ireland: Belfast: Mandela Hall

Tickets for all shows will be available as an exclusive pre-sale from at 9am this Wed 11 Feb and on general sale on Fri 13 Feb.

‘Darling Arithmetic’ is the third album from Villagers, released on 13th April 2015. The follow-up to Becoming a Jackal and Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated - is a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships.


‘Darling Arithmetic’ was written, recorded, produced and mixed by O’Brien at home - the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin - revealing a single-minded artist at the peak of his already considerable songwriting powers. It encompasses the various shades of feeling – desire, obsession, lust, loneliness and confusion, and deeper into philosophical and existential territory, across a cast of lovers, friends, family and even strangers. Backing up his supple and emoting vocal and guitar is the subtlest palate of instrumentation – piano, Mellotron (which accounts for the album’s occasional horn and cello tones) and brushes. O’Brien plays every instrument on these exquisite, melodic songs in a sparse, spacious, acoustic-leaning fashion.


‘Darling Arithmetic’ will be available on CD (WIGCD330), LP (WIGLP330) and Digital (WIG330D). Pre-order the album on CD or LP through Dom Mart HERE and digitally through iTunes HERE. The digital pre-order comes with an instant grat of the first single, ‘Courage’.

Watch the video for ‘Courage’, directed by Niall Cullinane and Sean Leonard, below.