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Steven Wilson has announced details of To The Bone – his expansive, brilliant fifth album – and a major 2018 UK & Ireland tour, with an exclusive show at Dublin’s Olympia. Overdrive has all the details for you below. 

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Overdrive can exclusively reveal the Steven Wilson will performing in Dublin’s Olympia on Monday, March 19th, 2018. Tickets available from Ticketmaster and Sound Cellar from €32.50 including booking and facility fees are on sale from 9 am Friday 12th May (with a fan only pre-sale on Wednesday 10th May) via Ticketmaster.ie

To The Bone is a gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK’s biggest underground artist.

Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to the eclectic hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel’s So, Talk Talk’s Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love).

Lyrically, the album’s eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the post-truth era and the creeping self-loathing of the technology age to steely fly-on-the-wall observations of the everyday lives of religious fundamentalists with a welcome shot or two of wide-eyed escapism. Sonically and melodically stunning, To The Bone is a high definition snapshot of the disconcerting times we live in.

The follow up to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. (“a smart, soulful and immersive work of art” the Guardian 5*), To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s first album since signing with Caroline International (Iggy Pop, Underworld, Thurston Moore, Glass Animals). Formerly the founder and mainstay of outsider rock band Porcupine Tree, Steven released his first record under his own name – Insurgentes – in 2008. He has been resolutely independent throughout a three-decade career that’s made him the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of.

Steven Wilson will play a series of UK and Ireland dates at the start of 2018 as part of an extensive European tour that takes in thirty-five shows in sixteen different countries. He plays:

Sat 17th March – Belfast Mandela Hall

Mon 19th March – Dublin Olympia Theatre (tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie)

Wed 21st March – Cardiff St David’s Hall

Thu 22nd March – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sat 24th March – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Sun 25th March – Gateshead Sage 1

Tue 27th March – London Royal Albert Hall

Sat 31st March – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tickets are on from 10 am Friday 12th May (with a fan only pre-sale on Wednesday 10th May).

Stephen Wilson

Oran O’Beirne