Remember Busted? Yes, of course you do! They are the former teenage heartthrobs who brought us the likes of, ‘What I go to school for’ and ‘Year 3000’. So, you can imagine our excitement when the lads at MCD Productions let us know the band are coming to Dublin and Belfast next year. Today, we can also confirm tribal pop group Natives will be supporting the lads for their 2017 Night Driver Tour.
The Night Driver Tour will kick off at Norwich’s NEA on January 29th and will include performances in prestigious theatres across the country including London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on February 3rd before wrapping up on March 1st at Dublin’s Olympia.
Now, with a decade of experiences and newly discovered influences behind them, the two-time BRIT Award winning trio reunited in the studio almost by accident, discovering they each had a fresh perspective both personally and musically.
“As soon as we started making music it became very apparent that we all wanted to make exactly the same thing.” Matt says. “That’s what made it so easy. Once James got on the Juno-60 we were like, ‘this is the sound of our record, this is exactly the kind of record I wanna make’.”
“The last thing we wanted to do was try to recreate what we used to have” says James. “It belongs to that time. All real artists evolve, all real artists try things. It’s unnatural not to.”
Though stylistically unrecognizable and far darker around the edges, ‘Night Driver’ is still the vivid hook riot you would expect from Busted, as vivacious in their early thirties as they were in their teens, and the band are itching to present it to the world. Think you know Busted? Listen again.
Night Driver Tour Dates
Belfast, Waterfront Hall: Tickets from £32.50 incl. booking fee
Dublin, Olympia Theatre: Tickets from €39.05 incl. booking & restoration fee
Tickets available now from www.ticketmaster.ie
‘Night Driver’ is out now via East/West Records