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Dutch Uncles want to to race you to celebrate new album 'Big Balloon'


Dutch Uncles want to to race you to celebrate new album 'Big Balloon'

Dutch Uncles have announced the unique method of releasing their new record Big Balloon.

The band have challenged fans, friends and foes to race them on the 550 metre multi-level circuit housed underneath Manchester Arena for a special race day.

The new record will be used to inspire you (or distract depending on your musical preferences), as it’s blared out on the racetrack’s sound system. The winner will get their hands on a load of Dutch Uncles’ merch which includes signed copies of the record.

“None of us have been go karting since a post-tour day out to Blackpool Pleasure Beach about seven or eight years ago,” says Robin Richards.

“We haven’t even got our own copies of the new album yet, so we’ll be giving it our all to win those coveted prizes.”

“And I’ve never even had a driving lesson,” adds Duncan Wallis.

The race sessions will start at 2PM on Sunday 19th February, and places are strictly limited. Applicants can register their interest in advance by emailing the band, here. 

Big Balloon is released this Friday 17th February on Memphis Industries and have taken some musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie and some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads and the eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine last year.
And, after what has already been an informational overload, Dutch Uncles will bring you their live shows to UK venues starting next month.

The run culminates in two special nights at London’s Village Underground and Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre:

18th: Manchester, Piccadilly Record
20th: Nottingham, Rough Trade
21th: London Rough Trade East (instore)
22th: Bristol, Rise (instore)

1st: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
2nd: Newcastle, The Cluny
3rd: Leeds, The Wardrobe
4th: – Nottingham, Bodega
6th: Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
7th: Sheffield, The Plug
8th: Oxford, O2 Academy2
9th: Bristol, Fleece
11th: Brighton, The Haunt
12th: Southampton, Talking Heads
13th: London, Village Underground
15th: Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre