Main tour support announced

Villagers have been added to the upcoming Elbow tour as the main support act.

The Mercury Music Prize may have its critics, but few can doubt the effect the award can have on a career. In a neat move, two beneficiaries of the prize are set to tour together, after Villagers were named as the main support for Elbow.

The Irish band released their album 'Becoming A Jackal' last year. Their debut album, it's entrancing acoustic-folk styles won acclaim but failed to impact upon the mainstream.

The surprise nomination at last year's Mercury, Villagers were suddenly pushed into the mainstream. The band were re-evaluated, with new listeners coming to debut album 'Becoming A Jackal'.

Since then, Villagers have enjoyed a massive boost to their profile. Missing out on the main prize, the band are now set to return to the UK.

The Irish band have been named as the main support on Elbow's upcoming tour. The Bury band of course won the Mercury in emotional circumstances back in 2008, sparking a massive wave of public interest.

Returning with their eagerly anticipated new album, Elbow have confirmed a series of arena shows. Villagers are to act as the main tour support, with the enormous shows running alongside their own headline dates.

Opening in Glasgow on March 15th, the arena performances will be interspersed with rather more intimate acoustic shows. Ending with a gig in Brighton at the Great Escape, Villagers are set to win over yet more fans.

Villagers are due to play the following shows:

16 London Q Music (Solo)

2 Dun Laoghaire The Pavilion Theatre (Solo)
15 Glasgow SECC (with Elbow)
16 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (with Elbow)
17 Nottingham Trent FM Arena (with Elbow)
19 Sheffield Arena (with Elbow)
20 Liverpool Echo Arena (with Elbow)
22 Birmingham National Indoor Arena (with Elbow)
23 Cardiff International Arena (with Elbow)
25 Manchester Evening News Arena (with Elbow)
27 Brighton Centre (with Elbow)
28 London O2 Arena (with Elbow)
29 London O2 Arena (with Elbow)
31 Dublin O2 Arena (with Elbow)

6 Preston 53 Degrees
7 London Shepherds Bush Empire
13 Brighton The Great Escape

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