Tears For Fears are to perform live in the UK for the first time in over 11 years when they headline 2016’s Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.
The band will bring the four-day festival to a close on the 31 July 2016, aka ‘cosmic Sunday’ performing a selection of “new and old songs”.
DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank effused, “Songs from the Big Chair was, and still is, one of my most treasured albums, and one which appears totally timeless. We took our kids on holiday last year and only had two CDs in the car, one of them was this and they cannot get enough of it, too… so, I know after five years of trying, Tears for Fears are going to be something very special at Camp Bestival for all ages.”
While Tears For Fears haven’t performed live in the UK since their May 2005 appearance in London’s Hammersmith Odeon – in support of their last studio album Everybody Loves a Happy Ending – the Bestival date will be their first UK festival appearance in 26 years!
Tears For Fear’s last UK festival appearance in Knebworth, 1990.
“We are so looking forward to playing our first UK festival since our last one in 1990 at Knebworth,” said the band. “I know we’re not the most prolific artists but we believe in quality over quantity. We’re looking forward to performing new & old songs as we will have finished our new album before we perform. The fact that it’s in the West Country where we began our journey makes it all the more gratifying. We look forward to seeing you at Camp Bestival”.
This confirmed festival appearance gives Roland and Curt a self-imposed deadline to complete the new album they’ve been working on for the last few years. Tweets from Curt Smith this week confirm that the duo are in London in their ‘secret lair’ working on the album. The statement above confirms it will be “finished” by the summer, so if common sense prevails, the as-yet-untitled-album will be released between May and July next year.
More UK dates in support of the album are likely. The last release from Tears For Fears was in late 2014 when they put out an acclaimed six-disc super deluxe edition box set of Songs From The Big Chair. SDE Editor Paul Sinclair interviewed the band for the sleeve notes and co-compiled the set.
Songs From The Big Chair box set