With a headlining spot at Latitude announced earlier this week, Pet Shop Boys are beefing up the summer schedule with some more appearances at several European fests in support of their upcoming 10th LP Yes.
Though it has yet to be official confirmed by organizers, they say they’ll be making a trip back to the first festival they ever played, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, headlining again as they did at that first appearance in 1997 and again in 2002. They’re also doing T In The Park in Scotland for the first time and Ireland’s Oxegen in addition to Latitude.
In between the fests they’ve also got sold-out U.K. dates at London’s O2 arena (July 19) and Manchester’s Apollo (July 18). Keyboard player Chris Lowe said the shows will be a little different this time around.
“I think the idea is to be more high-tech and more multi-media than the last [tour] show,” says Lowe. “It’s not going to be a costume drama but there might be a few wigs.”
“We’re touring in Europe this summer then we’re going to North, Central and South America in the autumn,” he adds. “Then in the new year we’re going to South East Asia and Australia, then we’re going to be coming back over [to the U.K.] and carrying on with our music for the ballet.”
You read right — the duo is working on a score for a ballet that is set to open at London’s Sadler’s Wells in 2011.
Yes was released this past Tuesday (March 24) in the U.K. and will hit stores in the U.S. on April 21 via Astrelwerks. It will be the group’s first album with the label.