"We're extremely thrilled to continue the celebration of Hippopotamus live in concert with all our UK fans. The joy you expressed last year was overwhelming. Bring on 2018!"
Speaking to Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6 Music about Glasgow, Russell said “the beginning of last year we played, Glasgow, the 6 Music festival, that was actually the start of everything before the Hippopotamus album had even been released, and we came and did a few new songs that no one had yet heard from the album and the reaction in Glasgow was just so strong that that festival was just such a great event. I t was the premier show that we did before this whole new phase and so it was really exciting for us to be able to come back to Glasgow and actually be starting the new tour there”
‘Hippopotamus’, their 23rd album, received unanimous acclaim and a UK Top 10 hit on its release in September 2017, subsequently appearing in many Album Of The Year lists.
The accompanying world tour saw Sparks and their band play a set that was euphoric, vital, brilliant and uncompromisingly typical of a band that refuses to rest on their laurels. The new songs (from ‘Hippopotamus’ including ‘Edith Piaf Said It Better Than Me’, ‘What The Hell Is It This Time?’ & ‘Missionary Position’) sounded like classics, the classics (including ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us’, ‘Amateur Hour’ and ‘The Number One Song In Heaven’) sounded as vibrant and essential as ever, and audiences, and critics, were left in no doubt this genre-hopping band is on sparkling form.
Further continental European headline shows and European festivals will be announced soon.
Since storming into the UK charts, minds and TV sets in 1974 with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us, Sparks have consistently created genre defying music and inspired – and continue to inspire and influence - generations of artists. Released on BMG, ‘Hippopotamus’ has been universally acclaimed with many critics declaring it to be one of the finest albums of the year and the pinnacle of the band’s career. Written, recorded and produced by Sparks ‘Hippopotamus’ is released on digital, CD, LP, picture disc and cassette formats.
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