Barns Courtney has announced that his new album 404 is now available via Virgin EMI. To coincide with the announcement, Barns has announced his biggest UK tour to date which will take place in October, alongside the release of his new single You & I. The tour will see Barns play Birmingham O2 Institute 2 on 16th October.

His 404 album will feature ten new tracks and will explore his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. Fans can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were recorded in only one take and are largely improvised. It is perhaps Barns’ most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.

Speaking about the album, Barns says; “The album circulates around the themes of existential authenticity, and how we lose ourselves as we age. A 404 error is when a computer can’t find what it’s looking for. It connects with the server but the page isn’t there anymore. As a child of the digital age, the comparison felt apt. And although in some ways, our former lives still exist inside of us, they’re ultimately hollow shells of what they once were, living breathing experiences. We can follow the links to our past, but there’s nothing there. It’s a painful realization and one that fascinated me whilst writing the record in my friends’ old bedroom in the backwaters of Yaxley where we first started almost ten years ago.”

Barns’ album follows the successful 2017 debut album The Attractions Of Youth, which saw him become a viral hit with singles Glitter & Gold and Fire reaching popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. He performed on popular US late-night talk shows such as Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as receiving support from Rolling Stone magazine.

To date, Barns has landed over 300,000 global album sales, more than 470 million global streams and 45 million YouTube views. More recently, his last single 99 peaked at number five on the US Airplay charts and received support from BBC Radio 1 DJ, Annie Mac who described it as “a cross between Kings Of Leon and MGMT”.

On the live circuit, his electric and unmissable shows earned him a completely sold out UK and European tour in 2018 which included iconic London venues such as Heaven, Dingwalls and Scala. Having previously opened for industry heavyweights such as The Who, Blur, The Libertines, Ed Sheeran, The Kooks, The Wombats and Elle King, and with a European tour already under his belt this year, fans will get to see his incredible performance in the UK and Europe this autumn. The string of shows will kick off in Manchester on 8th October and wrap in London at Electric Ballroom on 23rd October before heading off to Europe.

TOUR DATES 2019

October

Date Venue
Tue 8th Club Academy Manchester
Wed 9th The Wardrobe Leeds
Thu 10th The Trinity Centre Bristol
Sat 12th Concorde 2 Brighton
Sun 13th Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Mon 14th The Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Wed 16th O2 Institute 2 Birmingham
Thu17th Riverside Newcastle
Fri 18th The Garage Glasgow
Sun 20th Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Mon 21st Junction 1 Cambridge
Tue 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Wed 23rd Electric Ballroom London

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