Following her performances at several summer festivals, including Field Day, Glastonbury, and Primavera Sound, PJ Harvey will be playing 17 headline shows across Europe and the UK later this year.
The tour includes two London performances at Brixton Academy on 30 and 31 October 2016.
Harvey will be joined on stage by long-time collaborators John Parish, Mick Harvey, and Jean-Marc Butty in the production overseen by theatre director Ian Rickson. Her 10-piece band is completed by Alain Johannes, Terry Edwards, James Johnston, Kenrick Rowe, Alessandro Stefana, and Enrico Gabrielli.
Harvey is on the road in support of her UK #1 album ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’. Released in April, the LP draws from time the musician spent in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C.
“When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture,” she explains.
“Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with,” says Harvey, who turned the recording process into a month-long exhibition called ‘Recording in Progress’.
In January 2015, Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers worked within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences at London’s Somerset House.
Tying in with the announcement of her autumn tour, Harvey has released ‘Guilty’, a previously unheard song from the sessions.