a-ha to play U.K. stadiums with OMD, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey next summer

The reunited Norwegian pop trio a-ha has begun rolling out summer 2018 tour dates, including a half-dozen shows in the U.K. that will find the group playing football stadiums and cricket grounds with all-star synthpop support from OMD and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins.

Those U.K. dates open June 7 and run through June 17, with OMD missing one show, June 9 in Yeovil; that concert will feature Marc Almond of Soft Cell instead. The “Electric Summer” tour — which will find a-ha in full band mode, as opposed to its more recent unplugged reunion dates — will then head to Israel and Europe for more dates in July. Watch the band’s website for ticketing details.

After a worldwide farewell tour in 2010 that included rare U.S. dates, a-ha first reunited in 2011 to play a memorial for the victims of a Norwegian mass killing, then came back together again beginning in 2015 for sporadic shows and tours. The trio last month released a live album chronicling its 2017 unplugged tour.

See full dates below.

 

a-ha ‘Electric Summer’ tour dates:

June 7: The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, UK *
June 9: Huish Park, Yeovil, UK **
June 10: Cambs Glass Stadium, Cambridge, UK *
June 14: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, UK *
June 16: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, UK *
June 17: Mowden Park, Darlington, UK *
June 21: Exhibition Gardens, Tel Aviv, Israel
July 4: Dalhalla, Rattvik, Sweden
July 6: Kongsberg Jazzfest, Kongsberg, Norway
July 16: Trakai Castle Hall, Trakai, Lithuania
July 17: Sigulda Castle, Sigulda, Latvia
July 19: Tartu Song Festival Grounds, Tartu, Estonia
July 25: Theatre Antique de Vienne, Vienne, France

* with OMD, Tom Bailey
** with Marc Almond, Tom Bailey

 

 

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