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DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE WARM-UP SHOWS AT 02 ACADEMY LEICESTER FOR MAY 21 & 22

ANNOUNCE WARM-UP SHOWS 
AT 02 ACADEMY LEICESTER FOR MAY 21 & 22

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 22 APRIL 10:00 BST HERE

credit John Swannell)

Duran Duran have announced two British warm-up shows at the 02 Academy Leicester for May 21st and 22nd.
 
The performances will lead into a series of huge headline dates across the UK and Europe for summer 2022 and offer fans a rare chance to see the stadium-filling icons of British music in an intimate setting.
 
Tickets go on general sale at 10:00am on Friday April 22nd HERE
 
Members of Duran Duran’s VIP Community will have access to a pre-sale for the show on Wednesday, April 20th at 09:00am BST. Visit www.duranduranmusic.com for details. The pre-sale for 02 begins at 10:00am BST on April 20th, and the Live Nation pre-sale will begin on Thursday April 21st at 10:00am BST.
 
Following a recent ground-breaking NFT project in support of their 15th studio album FUTURE PAST, where the band released a limited-edition collection of works that had been created by their collaborative AI partner, Huxley, and connected them on the blockchain to living trees in a newly planted micro-forest in New Zealand, all tickets for Duran Duran at the 02 Academy Leicester are being created as special ‘proof of attendance’ NFTs

This will mark the first time that the band have moved all ticket sales onto the blockchain, giving them the ability to surprise and delight fans into the future with one-of-a-kind experiences, special offers and gifts.  These highly collectible NFTs will be limited to 1400 a night, and each show will feature a different artwork from the FUTURE PAST collection.  The initiative is being powered by specialist blockchain community builders, Cub3, who will not only mint the NFTs, but can also hold them in individual wallets for those fans who have yet to have their own.  After the shows, the NFTs will be tradable on Cub3’s bespoke platform should fans desire. 
 
Duran Duran have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, scored 21 UK Top 20 tunes, 18 American hit singles, and were recently announced as nominees to be inducted by the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – cementing the multi-GRAMMY, BRIT Award and Ivor Novello winners as one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.
 
With over 40 years at the forefront of British music, Duran Duran continue to play for massive crowds around the world, consistently fusing art, technology and fashion with their unique and infectious music. The Leicester warm-up shows lift the curtain on a huge summer live season that will see the band’s much-anticipated first London headline show in six years at Hyde Park, following a host of other dates at some of the UK’s most beloved venues. Dublin’s St Anne’s Park, York’s Castle Howard, Inverness’ Caledonian Stadium, The Piece Hall at Halifax, as well as headlining Rock In Rio Lisbon and The Lytham Festival. Full tour dates are listed HERE.


 
Duran Duran’s new album FUTURE PAST – their highest charting in 16 years – was met with widespread critical acclaim. It has been described as an album “that looks firmly to the future” by Rolling Stone UK, “classic Duran” by The Times, “a blast” by CLASH, “Duran Duran at their best” in The Sun and “all a fan could want” by the Evening Standard.
 
A genre-spanning piece of work that once again sees Duran Duran continuing to charge forward sonically and stylistically, the album features production by Erol Alkan, Giorgio Moroder and Duran Duran, and guest appearances from Blur’s Graham Coxon, Mike Garson, CHAI, Mark Ronson, Ivorian Doll and Tove Lo. Listen HERE.


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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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