SWANS: Tour Dates

The mighty SWANS, led by Michael Gira, set out on a massive tour this autumn

As we previously reported with great excitement and much wailing and gnashing of teeth, the mighty Swans are set to release their new album The Seer on August 27th, featuring a dizzying array of guest names: Ben Frost, Akron/Family, former Swans vocalist Jarboe, Karen O and Low, among others. You can read the full details about the album here.

But, as Luke Turner pointed out in his review of Michael Gira and co’s recent live LP We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head, where the band really shine is in the live arena. So we’re happy to report that they’ve announced a massive series of dates (see below) that runs through North America, the UK and Europe from October to December, calling in London, Glasgow and Manchester along the way.

Expect an experience that’s "in one moment transcendental, masochistic, liberating and an act of feeling subjugated to brute force expressed through the bloodying lashes of sound. They are a ‘with us or against’ us kind of band, Old Testament in their offering and demanding of zeal and commitment. This is, of course, a very good thing."

The tour dates run as follows:


10th – New York, Bowery Ballroom

11th – Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club

12th – Washington DC, Black Cat Mainstage

13th – Philadelphia, Union Transfer

14th – Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre

16th – Orlando, FL, The Social

17th – West Palm Beach, FL

18th – Tallahassee, FL, Club Downunder

19th – Atlanta, GA, Terminal West

23rd – St Louis, MO, Firebird

24th – Chicago, IL, Cabaret Metro

25th – Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace

26th – Montreal, QC, La Tulipe


1st – Reykjavik, Iceland Airwaves

15th – London, Koko

16th – Glasgow, The Arches

17th – Manchester, Sound Control

19th – Paris, Le Trabendo

20th – Nijmegen, Doornroosje

21st – Haarlem, Patronaat

22nd – Hamburg, Kampnagel

23rd – Copenhagen, Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal

24th – Oslo, Parkeatret

27th – Prague, Lucenra Music Bar

28th – Vienna, Arena Big Hall

30th – Bologna, Locomotiv


2nd – Kortrijk, De Kreun- Sunns curator festival

3rd – Bern, Reitschule Gross Halle

4th – Lausanne, Les Docks

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