Musical mavericks Sparks, Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael, have released their new studio album Hippopotamus and have announced the first European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour.

Recorded in Los Angeles, Hippopotamus sees them take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous, fresh and idiosyncratically Sparks. Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock”, and internationally acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable. The title track, first played on BBC Radio 6 Music, was released as a single at midnight Friday 24th March after the band performed it, as well as three other songs from the album, in their set at the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow.



Date Venue
Wed 20th Queens Hall Edinburgh
Fri 22nd O2 Ritz Manchester
Sat 23rd Rock City Nottingham
Sun 24th O2 Institute 1 Birmingham
Tue 26th O2 Academy Bristol
Wed 27th O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London

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