The Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols. They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.
European Tour dates May, 2010:
6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain
Deadmau5 will headline the Dance Stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Other names taking on Leeds on the Saturday (29 August) before moving down to Reading for the Sunday (30 August) will be Chase And Status, MSTRKRFT and Vitalic will make their only UK festival performance of 2009 at the events. Female rapper Lady Sovereign, The Crystal Method and The Qemists have also been added to the bill along with Chipmunk, 3Oh!3 and Master Shortie. Das Pop will only perform at Reading Festival, while Mixhell will only play up in Leeds. L’Armour L’Armourge will also play over the weekend. Today’s additions join headliners Kings Of Leon, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys as well as The Gossip, Glasvegas, Kaiser Chiefs and more. If you’re going to the festival, put your findings on video and send it to RTV Channel for broadcasting.