The tour's in support of comeback album 'Transmission Suite', which is out tomorrow
Manchester house and techno pioneers 808 State have announced a five-date UK tour to take place next spring.
Formed out of a loose collective of DJs and producers that used to cluster around Manchester's Eastern Bloc record shop, 808 State were right at the heart of the UK rave explosion in the late 80s, notably with ubiquitous ambient houser Pacific State and the more angular, technoid Cubik. But while they've toured and DJ'd sporadically ever since, they hadn't released any new material since 2003's Outpost Transmission album, until the Initial Granada Reports EP arrived back in July to trail their new album Transmission Suite, which is out tomorrow and which is said to be their homage to the past 30 years' worth of electronic music.
Expectations, needless to say, are high – and the five live shows will doubtless sell out fast, so don't say we didn't warn you!
The full list of dates for the tour is as follows:
21 Mar: Foundry, Sheffield
27 Mar: Earth, London
28 Mar: Tramshed, Cardiff
3 Apr: Riverside, Newcastle
4 Apr: 02 Academy, Liverpool
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am tomorrow (11 Oct) – click here to get yours. Alternatively, you can also catch 808 State in action at Razzmatazz in Barcelona on 23 November, or at The Warehouse Project, Manchester (alongside Bicep) on 30 November.
For more information, see the band's own website.