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A-Ha to play Hunting High And Low live during 2019 UK tour


Story by Jack Foley

A-HA have announced a new UK tour for 2019, during which they will play their debut album, Hunting High And Low, in full.

Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be presenting the new tour dates in An Evening With format, with an interval.

For the first half of the concert, they will play new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs. Then, after returning to the stage, they will play the 10 songs of their 1985 debut album, Hunting High And Low, in the running order of the original release.

The dates include a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Back in October 2010, a-ha had played the whole of Hunting High And Low just twice, first at Oslo’s Konserthus and then at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Now, from France to Poland and from Germany to Scotland, audiences will have the unique chance to experience a-ha revisiting their first album while staying faithful to its spirit.

Together, Hunting High And Low’s 10 songs are more than a debut album. Take On Me, Train Of Thought, Hunting High And Low, The Blue Sky, Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale, The Sun Always Shines On TV, And You Tell Me, Love Is Reason, Dream Myself Alive and Here I Stand And Face The Rain are 10 songs which captured a-ha’s heart and soul. And the hearts and souls of fans world-wide too.

“We played the full Hunting High And Low album live once before and that was a great experience,” says Pål, looking back on the pair of 2010 concerts and how he, Magne and Morten feel now. “There’s not one song on that album that we’re not looking forward to playing live.

“We had done quite a few versions of the songs before recording the actual album and they all contain great bits and cool ideas which will be nice to incorporate into the new show.”

The tour is timed to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the original version of Take On Me – issued in the UK on October 19, 1984 to reputed sales of just 300 copies.

The re-recorded Take On Me was released in Britain during April 1985 to little fanfare, and in America that May where it hit big after its striking promotional video was seen on TV.

It was re-issued in the UK that September and, finally, the British hit came. The Hunting High And Low album was on sale in America in June 1985, and in the UK in October 1985.

Tickets for a-ha’s November 2019 UK tour go on sale on Friday, November 9 at 9am.

The tour dates are (all November 2019)

1 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
2 – Leeds First Direct Arena
5 – Royal Albert Hall, London
6 – Brighton Centre