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On Friday February 11 2022, Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J released their new album ‘The Dream’.

The Dream is an album where true-crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band’s more personal moments to-date. Both beauty and darkness lay side-by-side – often seamlessly merging on the same track, a purposeful choice that pays dividends across the record. The band’s dazzling instrumentation has matured; there are still far out moments, but now they are deployed with an artful precision.

Early last week the band released new track, ‘The Actor’, a song inspired by 1980s Hollywood. The track follows ‘Hard Drive Gold’ and stirring album centrepiece ‘Get Better’. The Dream was announced in late 2021 alongside the release of ‘U&ME’, an inspired snapshot of the band’s experiences at summer festivals in Australia.

alt-J has announced their return to Australia and New Zealand in September, when they will headline six shows across Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth for The Dream Tour 2022. The band said, “We are bringing The Dream Down Under. It’s been too long since we visited beautiful Australia and New Zealand. See you there in September 2022. Let’s have it.”

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies with two and a half billion streams. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave was followed two years later by their GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album This Is All Yours. Released in 2017, RELAXER flew straight into the top 10 of the Australian and UK album charts and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.



Don’t miss your chance to see them live at a city near you, this September.

Thu 22 Sep ~ Rod Laver Arena, VIC

Sat 24 Sep ~ Hordern Pavilion, NSW

Tue 27 Sep ~ Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA