Bath Festival is marking its 70th anniversary next year with two days of pop concerts at the Recreation Ground featuring Tears for Fears and Alison Moyet – with more acts to be announced.
On the Tears for Fears website, band members Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith have released a statement:
“We’re pleased to announce that one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK, Tears For Fears, who have sold an astronomical 30 million albums worldwide, performed to countless sold out audiences, won various awards, and are currently more popular than ever, will headline the first of two days of live music on the Bath Rec for the closing weekend of The Bath Festival which runs from 11 to 27 May. 2018 sees Tears for Fears embark on their ‘Rule The World Tour 2018’ which consists of 11 dates in the UK & Ireland, with their closing gig confirmed in their home town of Bath on Saturday 26th May.
The finale weekend of The Bath Festival will take place on the Rec on 26th – 27th May where we will have three outdoor stages and a number of hugely exciting acts across the two days.
The band’s Roland Orzabal said: “We have a massive six months ahead, and this just tops it off beautifully. Coming home to play in the city where it all started for us 37 years ago on the Rec for the finale weekend of the 70th anniversary of the Bath Festival is a perfect way to round off the tour. We can’t wait.”
Tears For Fears’ special guest will be the iconic voice of Alison Moyet, with more big names across the weekend to be announced soon.”
Ian Stockley, Chief Executive of Bath Festivals said: “We’re delighted to announce plans for our finale weekend on the Rec, 26th – 27th May. The mix of events during this weekend will allow us to deliver a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family, as a conclusion to the true festival experience that we are developing for the city across the 17 days. There could not be a more appropriate band to announce as our first headline act for this weekend of events than Tears For Fears.”
Tears For Fears boast a catalogue of huge hits, including classics such as ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, ‘Shout’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Head Over Heels’, and ‘Woman In Chains’, and have already sold out a number of dates across the UK in the spring.
Tears For Fears is Roland Orzabal on vocals, guitar, keyboards, and Curt Smith vocals, bass and keyboards. Their recently released Greatest Hits album, ‘Rule The World’ features all the aforementioned hits and more, plus it boasts the first original music from the duo since 2004, the single ‘I Love You But I’m Lost’ and acoustic track ‘Stay’.
Three-times BRIT Award-winner and Grammy-nominee, Alison Moyet, has released 9 solo studio albums with 2017 seeing the release of the critically-acclaimed album ‘Other’, and her biggest world tour for thirty years.
Our festival weekend finale comes almost 50 years after Bath Blues Festival (1969), which featured a stellar line-up on the Rec including the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In the crowd that day was Michael Eavis, who was inspired by the experience and started Glastonbury Festival the following year (1970).
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