THE MISSION have announced details of their 30th Anniversary Tour of the U.K. and Ireland this Autumn.
Celebrating three decades since the SISTERS OF MERCY escapees debuted at London's psych haven Alice In Wonderland, the tour takes in seven cities, kicking off in Dublin on 1 October and culminating at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 8 October. A month later, the band head up to Yorkshire for the Whitby Goth Weekend on 5 November. Wayne Hussey also plays solo at Whitby's Spring event on 23 April.
"30 bloody years! Who would’ve thought it, eh?" asks Wayne Hussey. "As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first. I seem to remember Mick was the favourite with yours truly running a close 2nd. Well, we’re still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It’s cheaply given, in my opinion, but we’ll take it. I seriously never thought I’d see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for YOU as much as it is for our retirement funds."
Since Hussey and Craig Adams walked out on the Sisters' Andrew Eldtritch, hooking up with ARTERY's Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown from RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY, The Mission have generated a huge and loyal international fanbase, and several missions of album sales. Enduring various line-up changes, they split in 2008, Hussey, Adams and Hinkler reconvened in 2011, with new drummer Mike Kelly. The band are now planning a follow-up to 2013's The Brightest Light.
Full tour dates are as follows....
Sat 1 Oct - Dublin, O2 Academy
Sun 2 Oct - Belfast, Limelight
Mon 3 Oct - Glasgow, O2 ABC
Wed 5 Oct - Manchester, O2 Ritz
Thu 6 Oct - Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 7 Oct - Bristol, O2 Academy
Sat 8 Oct - London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 5 Oct - Whitby Goth Weekend
Tickets, including VIP packages, go on pre-sale on Friday 22 January with general sales beginning on Monday 25 January. Go here for details.
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