Lightning Bolt announce August European tour, including festival appearances

June 23, 2016


Lightning Bolt announces summer tour

Playing a host of European festivals this August

Bassist Brian Gibson set to release his hotly anticipated video game, ‘Thumper’ 

“Fantasy Empire buzzes, drills and throbs with a brutal power that is relentlessly, terrifyingly exciting” – Mojo, 5/5

“Boosting fidelity without dialling down their energy or idiosyncrasies” – Loud And Quiet, 9/10

“The best they’ve done it in a long time, and the new sheen makes everything seem magic again” – Pitchfork, 8.0

“As a project to capture the energy of a live gig, Fantasy Empire is near-flawless” –Drowned In Sound, 8/10

The legendary noise-rock duo, Lightning Bolt, will return to Europe for a number of festival appearances and headline shows this August. They’ll be demolishing a venue near you with their brilliant brand of ferocious, all consuming hi-octane rock. See below for a full list of live dates.

2015 was one of Lighting Bolt’s most successful years, which saw the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Fantasy Empire‘, receiving near universal acclaim from music critics and fans alike. But 2016 is also shaping up to be a busy year for the dynamic duo ofBrian Chippendale and Brian Gibson.

Chippendale, a renowned artist recently released his new graphic novel Puke Force viaDrawn & Quarterly, with A.V. Club calling it “2016’s first comics masterpiece.” Gibson has been working on a new video game Thumper with his new company DROOL, co-founded with Marc Flury (both previously worked at Rock Band creators, Harmonix). Thumper is a rhythm violence game: combining classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. It’s set for release this Fall 2016 on Playstation 4, Playstation VR, and Steam. Thumper was recently nominated for ‘Best PS4 Game and Best VR Experience’  by IGN at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

Over the course of Lightning Bolt’s two-decade existence, they have revolutionised the underground rock scene in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between the stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous and chaotic live performances, and the mania they inspired has paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. An incredible live act not to be missed.

Lightning Bolt European Tour Dates:

Aug 1st Primošten, Croatia – SuperUho Festival [TIX]

Aug 3rd Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia [TIX]

Aug 4th Rome, Italy – Villa Ada incontra Il Mondo [TIX]

Aug 6th London, UK – Visions Festival [TIX] #

Aug 7th Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival [TIX] *

Aug 9th Moscow, Russia – Winzavod Art Centre [TIX]

Aug 10th Oslo, Norway – Oyanight @ Bla [TIX]

Aug 12th Berlin, Germany – Berghain [TIX]

Aug 13th Josefov, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival [TIX] ^

# w/ Anna Calvi, Lindstrøm, Jessy Lanza, Show Me The Body
* w/ Daniel Avery, William Basinski, Thundercat
^ w/ Chelsea Wolfe, Electric Wizard, Satyricon

Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire Album Cover

“Fantasy Empire” tracklist:
1. The Metal East
2. Over The River And Through The Woods
3. Horsepower
4. King Of My World
5. Mythmaster
6. Runaway Train
7. Leave The Lantern Lit
8. Dream Genie
9. Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)


The Metal East music video:

Lightning Bolt live @ TAICOCLUB 2014:

Lightning Bolt on:
Facebook / Official Site / Thrill Jockey

Brian Chippendale on:
Twitter / Instagram

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