After the recent announcement of their forthcoming new studio album, synth pioneers OMD are coming to the Ulster Hall, Belfast on 27 February 2024!
Their new album sees the band’s most explicitly political record and the crowning achievement of their desire to be both Stockhausen and Abba - born from the impetus to kickstart new explorations during lockdown. A broad, electronic, sonic masterpiece that lyrically tackles the topics of the future, it was predominantly written, recorded, and mixed by both McCluskey & Paul Humphreys.
OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which has established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 albums include reissued ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ (1980), ‘Organisation’ (1980), ‘Architecture & Morality’ (1981) and ‘Dazzle Ships’ (1983).
The band’s performance tonight generates a genuine sense of community and hopefulness for the future
By rights, OMD should be in semi-retirement, performing classics like Enola Gay and Maid Of Orleans on the nostalgia festival circuit like so many peers. Instead, they’ve created a landmark album worthy of their finest work. If real life meant OMD were happy to get help, Bauhaus Staircase remains unmistakably the work of a duo who are still perfectly in sync 45 years after their first gig at legendary Liverpool club Eric’s.
Walt Disco will be opening support for OMD! Last year has been a breakthrough year for Glasgow’s experimental art-pop clan Walt Disco. Their album Unlearning has been shortlisted for Scottish Album of The Year, nominated for Best Independent Record at the AIM Awards, and has been included in Rough Trade, Gigwise, The Skinny and Dork Magazine’s ‘Top Records of the Year’.
This year has well and truly propelled Walt Disco on its mission to push musical boundaries, celebrate the outsider, free audiences from an uncertain world, and inspire people to be their favourite selves.