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The Kooks have announced a UK arena tour for November, including a date at London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley. The announcement follows the release of their new single ‘Be Who You Are,’ one of two brand new tracks on their forthcoming ‘Best Of… So Far’ album, released May 19 on Virgin EMI Records. Tickets on general sale from 9am on May 12.
Demand for The Kooks is higher than it’s ever been, with a whole new generation of music lovers discovering their music. The band are currently wrapping up the UK leg of an extensive ‘Best Of’ tour, which sold out within just a few days upon its announcement last year. Following a huge sold out show at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 13, the band will head to Europe for further shows, followed by a show with Arcade Fire in Belfast in June.
The band’s huge hit ‘Naive’ remains a constant fixture of Spotify’s Top 200, while their new single ‘Be Who You Are’ has amassed 1.5 million streams in a matter of weeks. The forthcoming ‘Best Of… So Far’ album includes fan favourites and classic hits such as ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Junk of the Heart (Happy),’ as well as another brand new track ‘Broken Vow.’
Of the band’s journey so far, lead singer Luke says, "It's been the greatest pleasure to work, travel, fight, hate and love the best and most talented people I've met in my life. It's the greatest job in the world and we don't intend to stop any time soon."
Since the quartet burst onto the scene in 2006 with their unstoppable debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out,’ the Brighton-based four-piece have gone from strength to strength. Now, with three more studio albums, a number of massive world tours, awards and critical acclaim under their belts, it’s clear that the indie rockers’ tenth anniversary is a significant occasion to celebrate their momentous career so far.
During the live shows, fans will be given the chance to see performances of classic singles and b-sides, as well as brand new music that the band have been dedicating time to in the studio the past few months, teasing what’s to come in the next year.