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Kele announces solo UK summer tour (2010)

Kele Okereke

Story by Jack Foley

BLOC Party’s Kele has announced details of his first solo nationwide tour in June and July in support of his debut album, The Boxer.

The singer will play a total of 11 dates, including a night at London’s Village Underground.

In the middle of 2009, mid-way through the biggest American tour of their career, Kele Okereke and his three Bloc Party alumni agreed that it was time to put a temporary full stop on band matters. A sabbatical was required.

As of November, they would spend 12 months apart. It was a mutual decision.

Kele began his sabbatical learning to kick-box, training hard at the gym and home-making the flat he had just bought, something he refers to as ‘the first grown up thing I had ever done’.

But he simply could not leave his creative impulses alone and soon booked time between these wholesome pursuits in the EMI recording studios at the bottom end of Tottenham Court Road. And so the foundations for The Boxer were laid…

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Kele’s UK tour dates are (all June and July 2010):

11 – Sheffield Plug
24 – Brighton Digital

1 – Leeds Cockpit
2 – Oxford 02 Academy2
3 – Southampton University
5 – Norwich Waterfront
6 – London Village Underground
8 – Newcastle Digital
12 – Bristol Thekla
13 – Nottingham Ultra!
14 – Birmingham 02 Academy 2

Tickets go on sale from 9am on Friday, May 7, priced at £12.50 (£15 London).