Following a hugely successful year including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, Alt J have announced a highly anticipated summer 2013 Irish date at the Olympia Theatre on Friday 3 May.
2012 has been a whirlwind year so far for the Cambridge band. Their critically acclaimed album ‘An Awesome Wave’ crash landed into the Top 20 in the UK, making it one of the biggest debuts of the year so far. Live wise the band are going from strength to strength seeing them play their first Dublin show to major hype and rapidly sell out both their headline Autumn UK tour.
The news got better for the band as ‘An Awesome Wave’ was one of 12 albums nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize alongside acts such as Jessie Ware, Richard Hawley and Lianne La Havas for the coveted prize.
Following the news that Alt-J received the Mercury Music Prize nomination lead singer and guitarist Joe Newman claimed “it's pretty amazing actually, I'm pretty stunned. To be in that screenshot of great British albums from 2012... to be involved in that is great. We're just really stoked. We can't wait to go to the party, get pissed and have a great time; enjoy everyone's company and soak it all up.”
The Barclaycard Mercury Awards recognises UK albums of the year, regardless of sales, media hype and mainstream success and chooses artists from a range of genres. The winner of the Album of The Year will be announced at the Awards Show at The Roundhouse on 1 November.
Tickets on sale this Friday, 12th October at 9am.
Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster desk in the Dublin Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or online at www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Alt- J release a deluxe album edition of ‘An Awesome Wave’ in Ireland on October 19th.