With absolutely new set-list the Manchester duo Hurts will perform at Arena Riga on November 9 supporting their latest studio album “Desire” set to be released on September 29. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 2 on and in all “Biļešu Serviss” box offices. Ticket price – from €29.

It promises to be the most impressive Hurts tour so far that will include at least 29 shows in UK, Finland, Baltic States, Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Russia. Alongside new material Hurts will also perform their biggest hits from previous albums.

“Desire” will be the band’s fourth studio album and the first single from it, called Beautuful Ones, has already been on heavy radio rotation for more than a month now. NME wrote about it: “Beautiful Ones takes the full-blown pomp of their trademark Euro-synth-pop sound and gives it more of a shameless and infectious dancefloor sheen, loaded with classic rock, guitar solo crescendos”. The video to Beautiful Ones is one of provocative poignancy. Themes of hate, love, brutality and beauty are explored throughout the piece which is rooted in both intrigue and empathy.

The album Desire is scheduled to release on 29th of September. Based on audience response to Beautiful Ones, there is reason to conclude that the already exuberant collection of Hurts massive hits, like Wonderful Life, Better Than Love, Stay, Sunday, Blood, Tears & Gold, Illuminated, Miracle, Somebody To Die For, Blind, Surrender, Some Kind Of Heaven, Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us, Wings, Rolling Stone, Wish etc., will be toped-up with the new ones. Actually it’s indirectly confirmed by the Hurts themselves: “It gives us great pleasure to announce Desire. An album full of passion, pain and lust. And, some of the best music we’ve ever made”.

Unlike many other bands, the wide recognition hit Hurts right with release of their debut album Happiness in 2010. Six singles from just one record topped the charts all over Europe. The album was certificated Gold in the UK, Austria, Finland and Double Platinum in both Germany and Poland. At least in charts of 12 European countries the album reached Top 10. In Latvia it was Nr. 2. With following albums Exile (2013) and Surrender (2015), the band kept strengthening their position in pop- Olympus. Alongside their own career, various collaborations developed as well, such as vocal for Calvin Harris&Alesso’s Under Control (2013) or co-writing and back-vocal for The Courteeners single Modern Love (2017).

Synthpop duo Hurts formed in Manchester in 2009 by singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson. The band’s signature is classy, a bit old-fashioned dress code, great melodies – more typical to the 80’s rather than nowadays, often dark, but intriguing lyrics, which are highlighted by vocal full of pain and despair. And one can’t also deny the importance of elegant videos, which often feature a surprising turn.

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