by / January 18th, 2011 /

British Sea Power – The Academy, Dublin


British Sea Power return in February for a date at The Academy, Dublin on Thursday 17th to celebrate the release of their latest LP Valhalla Dancehall. Tickets priced €20 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at

BSP’s inventive live shows have become a latterday rock institution. Atop the Great Wall Of China. At London’s Natural History Museum and Czech Embassy. On the Scilly Isles and on Arctic islets. Down a Cornish slate mine and at the Chelsea Flower Show. On ships at sea and deep in Polish forests.BSP have been acknowledged by the great institutions: David Bowie, the National Maritime Museum, Jarvis Cocker, the British Horseracing Authority. They are a band who tour giant American stadiums with old pals The Killers, but a band who also make singles with ancient West Country hitmakers The Wurzels. BSP are a band who play forests and giant rock halls as specially requested guests of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes and Pulp. But they’re also a band who stage their album launch parties in remote Sussex pubs where their own special guests are The Copper Family, a clan of Sussex folk singers who’ve been going for 200 years. No other band did this. Most likely no other band could.

If BSP are a band where dreams become real, this effect is unlikely to dim with their new album. Valhalla Dancehall is a record that moves from concise electronic pop to nine-minute solemnity to swaggering thug-glam. Lyrical subject matter includes local libraries, indigenous societies, the Dame Vera Lynn Celebrity Clay Pigeon Shoot and the party to which everyone is invited. Valhalla Dancehall is a record that suggests BSP’s cupboard remains full of medieval armoured gloves. Again a gauntlet is thrown down.

British Sea Power play The Academy on Thursday 17th February. Tickets are on sale now.

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