The legendary shoegaze crew My Bloody Valentine is one of the rarest acts to catch live, and today the band confirmed their first show in nearly five years. The rockers are booked to headline the one-day Japanese festival Sonicmanic on August 17, alongside Nine Inch Nails and Marshmello. The last time My Bloody Valentine took the stage was in late 2013, and since then frontman Kevin Shields surprised fans with more good news: The promise of a new album.
“We one hundred percent will,” said Shields in late 2017 in an interview with Pitchfork. “We started recording it a year ago, and then we just kept on stopping because of this [project]. Basically, the record started off as an EP, and I realized it has to be, like, a mini-album, because it’s going to be at least 40 minutes long. So it’s going to be an album, but I don’t really know how many tracks it’s going to be. It’ll probably be seven or eight, by the looks of it.”
My Bloody Valentine’s last album was the long-awaited 2013 LP m b v. The news of the summertime performance also comes ahead of the band’s remastered release of their first two iconic records Isn’t Anything and Loveless on vinyl on January 18.