Published: 16/01/2014 10:06 - Updated: 20/01/2014 18:44

Embrace to play Inverness
Forres and Aberdeen

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Embrace ... return with new album after eight years.
Embrace ... return with new album after eight years.

 

FOLLOWING two recent secret shows on their home patch, Embrace announce Scottish dates next month in Aberdeen, Forres and Inverness.

The band will play Aberdeen's on St Valentine's Night (Friday, February 14), The Loft, Forres, on Saturday, February 15 and Inverness Ironworks on Sunday, February 16.

The gigs are part of a four-date Scottish mini-tour billed as "intimate" and also taking in Dundee.

The band will release their first album in eight years, the self-titled Embrace on April 28 through Cooking Vinyl.

The recent secret shows in the north of England have seen some weird twists.

One gig was in complete darkness. And the other was held in a boxing ring, with the audience donning masks, boiler suits and safety glasses for a no holds barred horror-themed experience, involving "blood-stained" walls, plastic sheeting - and climaxed with a full-on paint fight.

Though the shows were strictly a secret, fan forums went into meltdown and both shows sold out in minutes.

Some fans flew in from Australia and Japan to see the band.

Danny has said about the upcoming dates: "We can't wait to play Scotland again. Three of my top five ever gigs have been in Scotland. The crowds are just amazing there for us. I remember playing there and not being able to hear the music because the crowd was cheering so loudly."

With three number one albums, six top 10 singles, sold out arena shows and well over a million album sales behind them, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace.

But now they are back with a new album said to sound rawer and darker whilst still keeping their signature anthems and huge choruses. 

A limited number of tickets will be available for all dates via www.embrace.co.uk at 9am on Wednesday, January 15, with the general sale following at 9am on Friday, January 17 via www.beyondhighlands.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.seetickets.com, in person: Sound & Vision (Elgin), Aberdeen Box Office (Aberdeen), Ironworks (Inverness).

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