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Lostprophets announce 2010 tour dates


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER several sold out shows in the last couple of months, Lostprophets have announced a UK tour for next year.

The band will play a total of 19 dates, including a night at London’s Brixton Academy in February next year, before finishing off with a homecoming gig at Port Talbot on March 1.

Lostprophets release their fourth album, The Betrayed, on January 18, 2010 which includes the top 20 single It’s Not The End of The World, But I Can See It From Here.

The band – who consist of guitarist Mike Lewis, frontman Ian Watkins, Lee Gaze (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards, programming) and new drummer Luke Johnson – will also return in November for a couple of shows, including their debut appearance at the Little Noise Sessions.

The Betrayed was recorded in several locations and studios in Los Angeles, with a few false starts where the band scrapped various recordings with different producers.

Eventually, a trip back to their native Wales and original rehearsal rooms in Cardiff saw the group re-invigorated and energised and on their return to the US things came together quickly.

Bassist Stuart Richardson took on production and mixing duties (alongside Justin Hopfer, with whom he’d previously worked with on Welsh rock act Attack Attack) for the first time and the band have created their most ambitious and accomplished album to date.

The tour dates are (all February 2010):

4 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
6 – Hull, Ice Arena
7 – Nottingham, Rock City
9 – Margate, Winter Gardens
10 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
11 – London Brixton O2 Academy
13 – Doncaster, Dome
14 – Leeds, O2 Academy
15 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
17 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
18 – Glasgow, Academy
19 – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
21 – Yeovil, Westlands
22 – NorwichH, UEA
23 – Newcastle O2 Academy
25 – Manchester Apollo
26 – Southampton Guildhall
28 – Bristol O2 Academy
March 1 – Port Talbot, Afan Lido

Tickets go on sale on October 30 at 9am, priced £22.50.