The Cult announce tour dates & release new video




Supporting the global release of their critically-acclaimed album Under the Midnight Sun, in 2023 The Cult will connect with UK and European fans via a major summer tour – with the series of headlining shows and major festival appearances kicking off in Brussels, Belgium on June 14th.

Accompanying the tour announcement is the release of The Cult’s fiery, expressionistic new video for ‘Vendetta X’, the third single from Under The Midnight Sun.

The song’s stylized cinematic reimagining was directed by the band’s long-time collaborator Juan Azulay (known for his powerful imagery created with ground-breaking artists spanning Sigur Rós to Lydia Lunch). The video is available to watch at this link.

Full European tour dates are below – buy tickets HERE.

June 14th @ Ancienne Belgique (Brussels, BE)
June 15th @ LKA Longhorn (Stuttgart, DE)
June 21st @ La Riviera (Madrid, ES)
June 22nd @ Razzmatazz (Barceona, ES)
June 23rd @ BBK Bilbao Music Legends Festival (Bilbao, ES)
June 25th @ Les Docks (Lausanne, Switzerland)
June 27th @ Budapest Park (Budapest, HU)
June 29th @ Arsenal Fest (Kragujevac, RS)
June 30th @ SRC Salaata (Zagreb, HR)
July 1st @ Pordenone Blues Festival (Pordenone, IT)
July 4th @ Cardiff Castle (Cardiff, UK)
July 5th @ Halifax Piece Hall (Halifax, UK)
July 6th @ Scarborough Open Air Theatre (Scarborough, UK)

Produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood) and marking the band’s debut release on Black Hill Records, Under The Midnight Sun vividly demonstrates how The Cult’s co-founding members, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, continue to push further into their esoteric strengths on their 11th album. Flanked by Duffy’s atmospheric riffs and incandescent solos, Astbury reaches new heights of sinewy vulnerability in his vocal presence – bolstering the album’s stylistic alchemy with a lyrical perspective as evocative and mystical as the paradox in the album’s title.

As The Cult return to the stage to launch the next chapter of Under The Midnight Sun, Astbury hopes that the album’s new dimensions provoke reactions both primal and sublime in listeners’ consciousness – echoing what he himself experienced during its creation. “At the core of it all, music contains the vibrational frequency of how we once communicated before we could even speak,” Astbury says. “Bird songs, animal calls, string theory, quantum physics, psychedelics… The record ultimately becomes about discovering and celebrating anew the beauty from those strangely natural moments that surround and inspire us.

Under The Midnight Sun track list:

  1. Mirror
  2. A Cut Inside
  3. Vendetta X
  4. Give Me Mercy
  5. Outer Heaven
  6. Knife Through Butterfly Heart
  7. Impermanence
  8. Under The Midnight Sun

“Rock’s unquenchable melodramatists have the fire in their eyes still – [investing] those primal energies with the wisdom of age, creating something fresh and powerful… Which is surely what a great Cult album is all about.” MOJO

“British rock grandees deliver late career gem” Classic Rock

“Dark and brooding… glorious” Daily Telegraph

“The album shows The Cult taking their musicality, sonic tricks and experience to a new place, still retaining their identity, and this can only be a good thing” Clash

“Ian Astbury remains a feisty, fiery frontman… He can still wail too.” Brooklyn Vegan

“It sounds mighty impressive” Rock Candy

“The definition of musical genius” Powerplay

“A welcome return to form from this legendary band” Fireworks

“Under the Midnight Sun… has all of the hallmarks of a Cult gem…” LA Weekly

“‘Give Me Mercy’ feels classically Cult, as the band envelope their gothic rock influences with a modern sheen.”  Consequence 

“‘Give Me Mercy’ sounds like a classic Cult song thanks to Astbury’s commanding vocals and guitarist Billy Duffy’s melodic riffs…though sonically it feels like a throwback, the lyrical content speaks to today’s social climate.” LA Daily News

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