Ride Announce An Intimate Acoustic Tour To Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Ride have announced a one-off and intimate acoustic tour in late November and early December to round off a brilliant 18 months of new music, sold out shows and festival appearances. The five date run will mark the 30th Anniversary of this revered Oxford quartet, all providing a big, cyclical celebration of Ride's life in music and another opportunity to enjoy their much loved live show before taking a well earned break.
On first glance an acoustic tour might seem a strange way of celebrating Ride's gloriously noisy journey through thirty years of sound, especially one that was termed 'shoegaze' by the media in the '90s. The tour idea originally sprung from a unique night in April earlier this year when Ride played a beautiful old church, St Paul's, in Worthing. Ride performed an entire acoustic set, mixing in recent songs from the acclaimed 'Tomorrow's Shore' EP and 'Weather Diaries' album - both produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by Alan Moulder - with tracks from Creation-era classics 'Nowhere', 'Going Blank Again' and 'Carnival Of Light'. The set sounded totally psychedelic and robust, retaining the magic of the full electric set up and completely captivating the audience. So much so, it seemed like a good idea to do it again.
Over to the band with a further take on the acoustic "These shows will explore and span old and newer songs giving us a chance to play some tunes we rarely get to perform along with more familiar tunes in a different way. We’ve been loving all the shows we’ve been playing since our reunion and we look forward to these".
Full dates are as follows, tickets go on general sale 10am 5th October, with a presale for fans available from Wednesday 3 Oct at 10am.
Thu 29 Nov Brighton, St George's Church Fri 30 Nov Margate, Dreamland, Hall by the Sea Sun 02 Dec Bristol, The Trinity Centre Mon 03 Dec London, Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH) Tue 04 Dec Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music