Slowdive reunite for Primavera Sound and London shows

Slowdive, who were one of the pivotal bands in the shoegaze scene of the 1990s, will reunite this year for performances including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival.

[Slowdive plan to record a new album, funded by their live comeback]

The Reading band, who eventually became Mojave 3 after releasing three critically acclaimed albums in the early ’90s, will also play a one-off show at the Village Underground in London on May 19.

The melancholy five-piece – consisting of Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Christian Savill, Simon Scott and Nick Chaplin – are also hoping to record a new album, 19 years after their last LP.

In an interview with The Quietus, Halstead said:

“I’m super excited. We had our first rehearsal last week, which was fun. We were surprisingly good. Quite a few of the songs came back quickly. The initial impetus was the idea of doing some new music. It seemed easier to do that because it’s not so public. But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. And that’s the way it shaped up – while we’re rehearsing we can see if we’ve got another record in us.”

Other bands confirmed for Spanish festival Primavera Sound, which takes place from May 29-31 in Barcelona, Spain, include Nine Inch Nails, The National, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, Haim and Neutral Milk Hotel.

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