Yes, after rumours began to feverishly gather pace yesterday afternoon, it’s now official. Ride have reformed after just shy of two decades out of the limelight.
The Oxfordshire shoegazers first rose to prominence in the early 90s after being snapped up by Alan McGee and Creation Records. They went on to release four albums, exploring the louder, more distorted side of rock ‘n’ roll – taking particular influence from Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine.
Melodically, Ride presented a style that was much more akin to the explosion of brit-pop than MBV, but the wall of sound and euphoric layers of noise that characterised their live shows really set their early work apart from their contemporaries.
What’s more, fans who have been waiting with baited breath since the mid-90s will have the chance to catch it happen all over again next summer, with a string of gigs having been announced for 2015.
Not least the revelation that the quartet are the second band announced to perform at Primavera Sound next year in Barcelona.
It was a (rather unsubtle) hint from festival organisers in Spain that heightened rumours of a reunion yesterday after they unveiled a huge poster emblazoned with Ride’s name.
That comes after it was last week revealed that The Strokes would be next year’s festival’s first headliner.
The confirmation comes just a month after guitarist and vocalist Andy Bell revealed he had left Beady Eye, ending a 15-year partnership with frontman Liam Gallagher.
On home soil, Ride have announced their own dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London, as well as being outed as a headliner for Field Day, which will take place in Victoria Park on June 7th.
Tickets for the dates go on sale Friday November 21st at 9am, see below for full tour details.
May 22nd – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
May 23rd- Manchester, the Albert Hall
May 24th – London, the Roundhouse
May 26th – Amsterdam, Paradiso
May 27th – Paris, Olympia
May 29th – Barcelona, Primavera Sound Festival
June 2nd – Toronto, DanForth Music Hall
June 4th – New York, Terminal 5
June 7th – London, Field Day