Bloc Party have released their sixth studio album Alpha Games on 29thApril via Infectious / BMG. Alpha Games is the band’s first studio album since 2016’s Hymns.

Alongside the album announcement, Bloc Party have shared new single Traps as the first taste of the upcoming record and revealed plans for an extensive UK and European tour. Produced by Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Idles), Traps sees the band returning to the raucous, high-octane sound of their earliest work in an outburst of propulsive post-punk.

Speaking of the new single, Bloc Party singer, songwriter and guitarist Kele Okereke says: “From the moment we wrote Traps, we knew it had to be the first thing people heard from this album; playing it in soundchecks on our last tour before it was finished and hearing how it sounded in those big rooms and outdoors.”

To celebrate the release of Alpha Games, Bloc Party will be touring the UK in May and June 2022, including a homecoming show at London’s Alexandra Palace. It will be their first tour since their huge 2019 shows, where they performed their seminal debut album Silent Alarm in full across the UK, Europe and North America.

TOUR DATES 2022

May

Date Venue
Thu 26th O2 Academy 1 Birmingham
Fri 27th Rock City Nottingham
Sat 28th Alexandra Palace London
Mon 30th O2 Academy Bristol
Tue 31st O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester

June

Date Venue
Thu 2nd O2 City Hall Newcastle
Fri 3rd The Barrowlands Glasgow
Sat 4th O2 Academy Leeds
Mon 6th Chalk Brighton
Tue 7th The Fleece Bristol
Wed 8th The Waterfront Norwich

Tickets are now on sale

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