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Black Kids announce UK tour (2008)

Black Kids

Story by Jack Foley

BLACK Kids are to return to the UK this autumn for a headline tour that looks set to build on their popularity in the wake of summer gigs and festival appearances already this year.

The band will play six dates in total, kicking off in Birmingham in October and concluding in Portsmouth in November, with a date at London’s Astoria in between.

The dates are (all October and November 2008):

22 – Birmingham Academy
23 – Oxford Academy
27 – Leeds Met University
28 – Cambridge Junction
30 – London Astoria

2 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre

Tickets cost £10 (except London, £12.50) and go on general sale on Friday, July 18 at 9am.

Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida Black Kids comprise of brother and sister Reggie and Ali Youngblood, Dawn Watley, Owen Holmes and Kevin Snow.

After enjoying a wave of interest via their MySpace last summer, they began working with Quest Management (Bjork, Arcade Fire) in September 2007 and signed to Almost Gold Recordings in November.

This deal coincided with the band offering up their Wizard of Ahhhs EP as a free download via a dedicated website

This EP consisted of the bands’ demo recordings of Hit The Heartbrakes, I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance with You, Hurricane Jane and I’ve Underestimated My Charm (Again).

2008 has so far seen the band included in the BBC Sounds Poll for 2008 and tipped as Ones To Watch by the NME (amongst others). They have enjoyed continued touring including headlining a Vice Tour with Ipso Facto and Friendly Fires, support tours with Kate Nash and Sons & Daughters, and sold out shows at London’s Water Rats and two ICA headline dates – all before releasing a single.