Himalayas announce highly anticipated UK headline tour for September and October
Following the successful release of their single Alone, Cardiff-based HIMALAYAS have just announced the long-awaited news of a UK headline tour! The quartet will kick things off with a bang, and play a very special show in their hometown at the iconic Buffalo bar. Having once seen legendary artists such as Adele, Stormzy and James Blake perform there, Buffalo closed back in 2019 but is set to reopen on 20th September, and HIMALAYAS were personally invited to headline the reopening!
The tour will continue at the Garage Attic Bar in Glasgow on 28th September, and make its way around various cities including Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton and Portsmouth, before wrapping things up at O2 Islington Academy 2 in London, on 6th October. Tickets will go on sale at 6pm on Wednesday 24th August here. The band have also recently announced that they will be heading to Manchester to play Neighbourhood Festival, on 1stOctober. They will join the likes of Everything Everything, Sundara Karma, Alfie Templeman and more. Tickets are available to buy here.
HIMALAYAS released their burgeoning single, Alone last month via Nettwerk.The track led by an urgent riff, showcases the band’s muscular musicianship which is complemented by frontman Joe Williams’ signature snarling and commanding vocals. Alone was produced by their longtime collaborator Steffan Pringle and mixed by GRAMMY Award winning producer, Dave Sardy (Royal Blood, Josh Homme, Rage Against The Machine). The song arrives alongside the official music video, directed by Joel Barney (Royal Blood, Alfie Templeman, Gang Of Youths). The moody visuals see HIMALAYAS performing in front of a series of flashing lights, and a translucent screen showing several people fervently moving behind it. Watch here.
Joe has said of the track, “Alone is about the idea of being in a nightmare, but one that you don’t seem to want to wake up from. A continuous looping corridor of the unknown, where you’re crawling to find a way through.”
Sharing a mutual love of Queens Of The Stone Age, Muse and Iggy Pop in their teenage years, Joe and guitarist Mike Griffiths started playing covers in their local pubs. Later joined by drummer James Goulbourn in 2015, they were completed by Louis Heaps on bass. HIMALAYAS started making their own unique blend of raucous fast-paced rock’n’roll music, which soon went on to earn them an extremely solid fanbase. The four-piece have been cutting their teeth on the live circuit ever since, playing highly-regarded festivals including SXSW and Reading & Leeds Festival, supported the likes of Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers, and have played sold out headline shows in London and Cardiff.
HIMALAYAS have also racked up over 30 million streams on their 2017 track Thank God I’m Not You, on Spotify alone, where it was also added to several editorial playlists. The single received spins from Radio 1’s from Greg James and Clara Amfo, where it was also Track Of The Week, plus plays from Steve Lamacq on Radio 6.
2020 came and put HIMALAYAS’ incredible trajectory to an abrupt stop, but Joe, Mike, Louis and James are now ready and raring to pick back up where they left off. This year will see the rock outfit continue to release new music, and head out on the road again.
HIMALAYAS LIVE SHOWS:
Tue 20th September – Buffalo, Cardiff
Wed 28th September – Garage Attic Bar, Glasgow
Thu 29th September – The Cluny, Newcastle
Sun 2nd October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Mon 3rd October – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Thu 6th Oct – O2 Academy 2, Islington, London
Sat 17th September – T Fest, Doncaster
Sat 1st October – Neighbourhood Festival (SJM festival)
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