Steven Wilson | Gig Announcement
Mandela Hall, Belfast • Saturday 17 March 2018
Steven Wilson has announced a major 2018 UK & Irish tour including a date at Belfast’s Mandela Hall on Saturday 17 March 2018 in support of To The Bone – his expansive, brilliant fifth album.
To The Bone is a gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK’s biggest underground artist.
Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel’s So, Talk Talk’s Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love).
Lyrically, the album’s eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the post-truth era and the creeping self-loathing of the technology age to steely fly-on-the-wall observations of the everyday lives of religious fundamentalists with a welcome shot or two of wide-eyed escapism. Sonically and melodically stunning, To The Bone is a high definition snapshot of the disconcerting times we live in.
The follow up to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. (“a smart, soulful and immersive work of art” the Guardian 5*), To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s first album since signing with Caroline International (Iggy Pop, Underworld, Thurston Moore, Glass Animals). Formerly the founder and mainstay of outsider rock band Porcupine Tree, Steven released his first record under his own name – Insurgentes – in 2008. He has been resolutely independent throughout a three-decade career that’s made him the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of.
Steven Wilson will play a series of UK and Irish dates at the start of 2018 as part of an extensive global tour that takes in over one hundred shows across all five continents including a 25 date US tour that sees him return to the renowned Beacon Theatre, NY after last year’s sell out there.
Sat 17 March Belfast Mandela Hall
Mon 19 March Dublin Olympia Theatre
Tickets are on sale from 9am Friday 12 May (with a fan only pre-sale on Wednesday 10 May) via www.Ticketmaster.ie