The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are ending a nine-year sabbatical from playing live in the United Kingdom this summer with two concerts. The New York City punk band will play at Manchester's O2 Arena on June 5 with opening act English Teacher, and on June 7 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London — Dry Cleaning and Anika are the special guests for that performance.
In a press statement, Yeah Yeah Yeahs promised to perform brand new songs at the concerts. The last YYYs album, Mosquito, was released in 2013 followed by a half-decade hiatus.
“OK UK! We are coming to lend our light to dark ages and holy shit are we ready to play our hearts out for you!! Yeah it's been 9 years since we’ve graced your club stages! Yeah we’ve got some tunes so fresh and so NEW to try out on you! Yeah the bill is so MAJOR with Dry Cleaning and Anika in London and English Teacher in Manchester. Dress up! Make a night of it! Support your fave band that you may have seen debut at Brixton back in ’02!! Yeah let's not wait another decade to see each other again! CANNOT WAIT! They don’t love ya like we do!! Luv YYYs”
Tickets for the shows go on general sale here at Friday, March 18 at 9 AM GMT. O2 and Bandsintown will launch a presale on Wednesday, March 16 at 9 AM GMT, and Spotify will share a batch of presale tickets Thursday, March 17 at 9 AM GMT.