The Crystal Fighters Australian Tour 2014 has been announced, and with the folktronica act hitting the Falls and Southbound Festivals this New Year’s the group have announced sideshows.
Travelling with an eclectic mix of members from Great Britain and Basque Country, Crystal Fighters will ring in the New Year performing at the Falls festivals, but then play their own sideshows at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and at the Hi Fi in Sydney.
This tours follows on from their first visit to Australia in 2011 performing as part of the touring Parklife festival and playing songs from their 2010 debut album, Star Of Love, an album that was influenced just as much by traditional Basque music from the 18th century as it was modern-day clubland, and contained residual traces of every genre, scene, style or party that had existed in-between.
Now they return with a fresh repertoire of music including songs from their latest release, Cave Rave featuring Triple J spun tracks “You and I” and “Wave”. The album came together in just a few months when the band retreated to the Basque hills that they consider to be their spiritual home.
Their music has always born traces of the local sound – traditional instruments like txalapartas and txistus vying in the mix with razor’s edge guitars and percolating techno synths. Using the Basque culture as a stepping stone backward to the spiritual and primal, this album draws deeper into universal, history-permeating themes of love, death, insanity and hope.
It’s already been a huge year of touring for Crystal Fighters, with appearances at some of the biggest festivals in the world, from Bestival to Reading and Pukkelpop and countless sold out headline shows in coveted venues such as Webster Hall in New York and one coming up in Brixton Academy in London, but nothing as special as their pilgrimage to Basque country, to host their own Cave Rave in Zugarramurdi, a small town just outside of San Sebastian in Northern Spain. This incredible event brought fans in from all over the world, watch this to find out what all the fuss was about.
They may not be hosting such unique countryside venues in Australia, but there is no doubt that these shows are not to be missed. The weather is heating up and summer is coming, what better way to celebrate than with one of the most fun and energetic live shows you’ll see this festival season.
Crystal Fighters Australian Tour 2014
Tickets on sale Friday 4th October, 2013
Monday 6th January 2014 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets at cornerhotel.com
Thursday 9th January 2014 – The Hi-Fi, Sydney
Tickets at thehifi.com.au