Super Furry Animals return for first shows in six years

As well as a handful of May tour dates, the group fronted by Gruff Rhys will reissue out-of-print Welsh-language album Mwng to mark anniversary year

To mark the 20th anniversary of their debut gigs, the Super Furry Animals will perform their first shows in six years this May. Beginning with two dates at Cardiff University Great Hall, before shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London, these gigs will be their first since December 2009, which signalled the start of a hiatus for the band.

As the band’s respective members continue to work on solo endeavours, the indie oddballs have decided to clear some calendar space for a brief spell of celebrations: as well as their five shows, 2015 marks 20 years since the release of their debut EP – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (In Space) – as well as the 15th anniversary of the Furrys’ classic Welsh-language long-player Mwng, which will be given a deluxe reissue.

The reissue of their long out-of-print fourth album is scheduled for 1 Mayon Domino. Originally released in 2000, it was put out on the band’s Placid Casual label while the group were in between deals with Creation and Sony. Praised in an Parliamentary early day motion in the House of Commons for its part in promoting the language and culture of Wales, it became the biggest-selling Welsh language album of all time, and reached No 11 in the UK charts.

The deluxe editions of the reissues contain five tracks previously released on the US version of Mwng under the name Mwng Bach as well as a previously unreleased Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP.

Super Furry Animals tour dates

1 - 2 May Cardiff University Great Hall

5 May Glasgow O2 Academy

6 May Manchester Albert Hall

8 May London O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets go on sale 5 March at 9am.


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