SCOTTISH indie heroes Idlewild have singled an end to their sabbatical with a return to the studio and the road, including an intimate tour of the Highlands and Islands this autumn.
The band have been on hiatus since 2010, allowing its members to concentrate on other projects, including Mull-based frontman Roddy Woomble’s folk-influenced solo albums and guitarist Rod Jones’ own band The Birthday Suit.
However, in November last year the band confirmed they had begun work on their eighth studio album, to be released in 2015.
In anticipation of the new release, Idlewild will tour the Scottish Highlands and Islands in October 2014.
These shows, their first in four years, will take an acoustic, stripped back format reflecting the intimate and often unique venues they will be visiting along the way.
The concerts will give the band the chance to explore their back catalogue, to try out new songs and ideas, and to generally have some fun playing music. Full band electric shows will accompany the album release in 2015.
Idlewild’s October 2014 tour itinerary:
Saturday 4th — An Tobar, Tobermory, Mull
Sunday 5th — Duart Castle, Mull
Monday 6th — Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Skye
Tuesday 7th — An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis
Thursday 9th — The Arch Inn, Ullapool
Friday 10th – Strathpeffer Pavillion
Saturday 11th — Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Monday 13th — Universal Hall, Findhorn
Tuesday 14th — Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
Wednesday 15th — Woodend Barn, Banchory
Thursday 16th — Birnam Institute
Tickets for all shows will be available at 9am on Friday 14th March from:
online: www.beyondhighlands.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.seetickets.com; by telephone on 08444 999 999; or in person from the individual venues.)