Doves have announced a return to the live stage after nearly a decade away following their hiatus.
With scheduled performances, Doves will play Roger Daltrey’s annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows, headlining Royal Albert Hall in London on March 29, 2019. On top of that, Doves have announced that they will support Noel Gallagher at the Dublin Malahide Castle in July.
The band, who composed of twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams alongside Jimi Goodwin, announced their decision to step away in 2010 having previously secured two number one albums in the four studio records they created.
At the time of their decision to stop, Jimi Goodwin stated: “It’s nice just to have a bit of breathing space… We just wanted to get off that whole album-tour-album-tour treadmill. None of us are ready to face going into the studio for another two years. This is wiping the slate clean, we have nothing else in the vaults now. That is it. Whatever we do from now on will be a new start.”
Away from the band, each member embarked on numerous side solo projects as well as releasing a Doves anthology titled 5 Album Set. However, with eight years already passed since they said goodbye, the band’s loyal following started an online petition which encouraged the band to make a comeback.
Now, it seems, to have worked.
The legendary @dovesmusicblog are joining us at #TeenageCancerGigs on Friday 29th March 2019, where they'll perform for the first time in 9 years. We're honoured that Doves will break their hiatus at the invitation of our honorary patron, Roger Daltrey!https://t.co/g1FbxU1Vuh pic.twitter.com/jgMzocZesn
— Teenage Cancer Trust (@TeenageCancer) December 3, 2018