Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are about to hit British soil with a series of UK tour dates supporting the “Ho Hey” stomp of The Lumineers throughout November 2013. With eight gigs scattered around Britain, Thao Nguyen, the centre piece of the band will be bringing her own San Franciscan folk indie pop might, making the gigs worth getting in early enough to catch her support slots.
Building on the release of her debut single and album release, We The Common, both released in February 2013, the tour dates will be the first opportunity to catch Thao and the Get Down Stay Down live in the UK. If you’re a folk music fan with activist tendencies then the gigs will probably fit nicely on you list for the rest of the year.
In addition to the tour date announcement, Thao has also confirmed her latest single from We The Common for a release date of the 2nd December 2013. Titled Holy Roller, it’s a catchy folk pop tune with an acoustic backdrop that transitions from west to east in terms of its folk sound origins as it gets down to its middle eight section.
The music video for Holy Roller (watch it below) is a bit mental featuring cut scenes of oddballs, including Thao, with their faces spliced up with some clever animation, by Adam Avilla, mixing and matching features as they sing along to the Velcro chorus or dance to the orient inspired mix section. Created by Partizan with Jeff Pantaleo as the executive producer, Thorsten Hoppenworth producing and Mimi Cave directing, it’s one of the coolest videos of the year.
The tour begins on the 20th November 2013 at the Shipping Forecast with the only headline gig of the UK visit, before starting the support sets with The Lumineers on the 21st at the O2 Arena in Dublin. It’s set to take in Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Plymouth before finishing up at Alexandra Palace in London on the 28th November.
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down UK tour dates, November 2013:
20th November 2013 – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
21st November 2013 – O2 Arena (w/ The Lumineers), Dublin
22nd November 2013 – The Apollo (w/The Lumineers), Manchester
23rd November – Corn Exchange (w/The Lumineers), Edinburgh
25th November 2013 – Broadcast, Glasgow
26th November 2013 – Academy (w/The Lumineers), Birmingham
27th November 2013 – Pavillions (w/The Lumineers), Plymouth
28th November 2013 – Alexandra Palace (w/The Lumineers), London