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Bella Union detail tour and Barbican shows to celebrate 20th birthday

31 March 2017, 10:24 | Written by Laurence Day

Esteemed independent label Bella Union has announced a raft of celebrations to mark turning 20.

"I have no idea how we got here but somehow we made it through some of the most turbulent changes the industry have ever seen," says label founder Simon Raymonde. "Much has been written about our big breakthrough success with Fleet Foxes in 2008, and yet we hope this year also helps people reflect on the long-term relationships we have with artists like John Grant, who we have been working with since 1998, almost the full 20 years, as we have with Dirty Three, and artists like Beach House who have been with Bella Union for all seven albums since they began in 2006, Josh Tillman/Father John Misty, Midlake, Laura Veirs, Explosions In The Sky etc., all with us for over 10 years."

"From the early days of having no clue about running a label to now, when I have no clue about the world we find ourselves in, it seems rather appropriate in 2017 to have some genuinely special moments to celebrate with friends and family. It is for others to judge our output, but for us, a small band of brothers and sisters who care passionately about what we do, the music we want to bring out into the world and the people behind that music, this our life and we are grateful for it."

To commemorate the momentous occasion, Bella Union have announced a tour featuring Pavo Pavo, Mammút, and Will Stratton, plus two packed nights at London's Barbican this summer. The first Barbican show is headlined by Ezra Furman "and guests", while the second sees Mercury Rev perform with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Tickets are on sale now for all shows.
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