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Editors announce best of album, Black Gold, and 2020 UK tour dates


Story by Jack Foley

IN continuation of what‘’s been one of the most prolific creative streaks of their 15 year career, Editors have announced the release of their best of album, Black Gold, on October 25, 2019, via Play It Again Sam.

Black Gold will include 13 tracks from their six studio albums, alongside three brand new offerings: ‘Upside Down’, summer festival anthem ‘Frankenstein and the gothically dramatic title track ‘Black Gold.

The band will also be embarking on a 27-date European and UK Greatest Hits tour in early 2020, which will see them play shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow, with a landmark performance at London‘’s SSE Arena Wembley set for Friday, February 28.

Black Gold‘’s cover photograph was shot by award winning photographer Nadav Kander and the album artwork was designed by celebrated graphic designer Tom Hingston (Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers, The Rolling Stones).

The album also comes in a deluxe 2CD version, which includes a second disc of 8 stripped back recordings of tracks from the band’‘s catalogue titled ‘Distance: The Acoustic Recordings’.

““Conversations about a Best Of… had been going on for the past three or four years, but it never felt like the right moment”,” admits frontman Tom Smith. ““We were always cracking on with a new album.” But singer/guitarist/pianist Smith, Russell Leetch (bass, synths) and Ed Lay (drums, percussion) had made three albums with original guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, and three with newer members Justin Lockey (guitar) and Elliott Williams (guitars, keyboards), “so it felt like a good time to do it.””

And so they reached out again to Garrett “Jacknife” Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, REM, The Killers), the Grammy-winning producer who worked with Editors on their No.1 sophomore album An End Has a Start, to produce the three new offerings that would go alongside a collection of tracks spanning 15 years, six studio albums and over 2.5 million album sales.

Amongst the track-list is the adrenalized, shivery blast that is ‘Munich’, top 10 indie rock anthem ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, pulsing, synth-driven Belgium chart-topper ‘Papillon’ and the understated, isolated melody of ‘Ocean of Night’.

The UK tour dates are (all 2020)

February 2020

27 – Birmingham Arena Birmingham
28 – London, The SSE Arena Wembley
29 – Manchester O2 Apollo

2 – Dublin Vicar Street
3 – Glasgow Barrowland