K Garage fans are in for a treat. The Streets have announced a UK headline tour, alongside The Streets’ upcoming release The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light — their first album in more than a decade.
The album will be released on October 20, and the full-length record will be accompanied by a film of the same name.
In a press release, lead singer Mike Skinner said: “It has been seven long years working on this film and album. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and, after dipping my toe in with some shorts and music videos, I felt I was ready. I tried to go the traditional route for a bit, but it’s always served me better to follow my instincts and just get on with it myself, so I’ve directed it, acted in it, edited, sound mixed, funded, produced it all as well as written it. The album doesn’t exist without it.”
He continued: “Ultimately, it’s all the fruits of a decade on the DJ circuit, watching people in clubs and back rooms, testing out beats and basslines to see what connected — and putting it all together into The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.”
The Streets are known for their genre-hopping blend of club and hip-hop. Their first single, Has It Come to This?, came after Skinner sent a demo tape to a record shop in north London, run by A&R’s Nick Worthington. The song peaked at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart in October 2001.
The group’s most recent record was 2011’s Computers and Blues, though The Streets enlisted the likes of Tame Impala, Greentea Peng, and IDLES for 2020’s collaborative mixtape None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive.
How to get tickets to The Streets UK tour
The Streets will support The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light with an autumn UK tour that will conclude with a huge London show at Alexandra Palace on November 16. Tickets for Cardiff and Margate are currently on sale via Ticketmaster, and according to The Streets’ official website, you can pre-order The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light here to get pre sale access to the tour (the remaining dates on the list). Otherwise, tickets go on general sale 9am next Friday (July 21).
Here is the full list of The Streets’ upcoming tour dates:
Thursday, September 7, 2023 — Cardiff, Alexandra Head
Friday, September 8, 2023 — Margate, Dreamland
Thursday, October 26, 2023 — Nottingham, Rock City
Friday, October 27, 2023 — Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
Saturday, October 28, 2023 — Sheffield, O2 Academy
Thursday, November 2, 2023 — Glasgow, O2 Academy
Friday, November 3, 2023 — Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, O2 City Hall
Saturday, November 4, 2023 — Leeds, O2 Academy
Thursday, November 9, 2023 — Liverpool, Liverpool Uni’s Mountford Hall
Friday, November 10, 2023 — Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday, November 13, 2023 — Norwich, Nick Rayns LCR
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 — Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Thursday, November 16, 2023 — London, Alexandra Palace
How much are the tickets?
Prices for the Cardiff show range from £36.30 (pre-6pm entry) to £95.60 (for a VIP early bird ticket). While prices for Dreamland Margate range from £50.65 (for general admission) to £101.20 (VIP standing).
Price details have not yet been released for the other shows but keep a lookout for the presale on the Ticketmaster website from 9am, on Wednesday, July 19, visit other sites like Viagogo and Live Nation, or sign up to the pre-sale on The Streets’ official site.