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    The Magnetic Fields to Bring "50 Song Memoir" to Melbourne Festival in Australian Exclusive

    The Magnetic Fields will bring their 50 Song Memoir tour to Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall on October 21 and 22 as part of the Melbourne Festival in the exclusive Australian presentation of the show. The performances include all 50 songs on the recently released album, with songs 1–25 on the first night and 26–50 on the second. Tickets are on sale now at www.festival.melbourne.

    The Melbourne performances follow a US tour earlier this year and the forthcoming tour of the UK and Ireland taking place this summer. That tour begins with two nights at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 25 and 26 and will make stops at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Colston Hall in Bristol, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and the Brighton Dome, culminating at Barbican Hall in London on September 9 and 10. Along with their June appearance at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, these are the only European tour dates that the band has planned this year. See below for all of the newly announced shows; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Stephin Merritt is featured on the latest episode of the Barbican Contemporary Music podcast ahead of this summer's UK tour. You can hear what he has to say about 50 Song Memoir here.

    In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In concert, the music is played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). The stage extravaganza is directed by the award-winning José Zayas.

    Several videos originally created for the 50 Song Memoir tour have been released as full-length music videos for songs on the album. You can watch them below, via the band's YouTube channel, along with additional lyric videos for the album.

    To pick up a copy of 50 Song Memoir, head to iTunes, Amazon, JB Hi-Fi (in Australia), or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete fifty-song set at checkout.

    THE MAGNETIC FIELDS ON TOUR

    Aug 25 King's Theatre Edinburgh, UK
    Aug 26 King's Theatre Edinburgh, UK
    Aug 28 The National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
    Aug 29 The National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
    Aug 31 Colston Hall Bristol, UK
    Sep 1 Colston Hall Bristol, UK
    Sep 3 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, UK
    Sep 4 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, UK
    Sep 7 Brighton Dome Brighton, UK
    Sep 8 Brighton Dome Brighton, UK
    Sep 9 Barbican Hall London, UK
    Sep 10 Barbican Hall London, UK
         
    Oct 21 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    Oct 22 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
         
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The Magnetic Fields to Bring "50 Song Memoir" to Melbourne Festival in Australian Exclusive

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The Magnetic Fields will bring their 50 Song Memoir tour to Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall on October 21 and 22 as part of the Melbourne Festival in the exclusive Australian presentation of the show. The Melbourne performances follow a US tour earlier this year and a tour of the UK and Ireland taking place later this summer.

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The Magnetic Fields will bring their 50 Song Memoir tour to Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall on October 21 and 22 as part of the Melbourne Festival in the exclusive Australian presentation of the show. The performances include all 50 songs on the recently released album, with songs 1–25 on the first night and 26–50 on the second. Tickets are on sale now at www.festival.melbourne.

The Melbourne performances follow a US tour earlier this year and the forthcoming tour of the UK and Ireland taking place this summer. That tour begins with two nights at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 25 and 26 and will make stops at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Colston Hall in Bristol, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and the Brighton Dome, culminating at Barbican Hall in London on September 9 and 10. Along with their June appearance at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, these are the only European tour dates that the band has planned this year. See below for all of the newly announced shows; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Stephin Merritt is featured on the latest episode of the Barbican Contemporary Music podcast ahead of this summer's UK tour. You can hear what he has to say about 50 Song Memoir here.

In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In concert, the music is played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). The stage extravaganza is directed by the award-winning José Zayas.

Several videos originally created for the 50 Song Memoir tour have been released as full-length music videos for songs on the album. You can watch them below, via the band's YouTube channel, along with additional lyric videos for the album.

To pick up a copy of 50 Song Memoir, head to iTunes, Amazon, JB Hi-Fi (in Australia), or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete fifty-song set at checkout.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS ON TOUR

Aug 25 King's Theatre Edinburgh, UK
Aug 26 King's Theatre Edinburgh, UK
Aug 28 The National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
Aug 29 The National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
Aug 31 Colston Hall Bristol, UK
Sep 1 Colston Hall Bristol, UK
Sep 3 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, UK
Sep 4 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, UK
Sep 7 Brighton Dome Brighton, UK
Sep 8 Brighton Dome Brighton, UK
Sep 9 Barbican Hall London, UK
Sep 10 Barbican Hall London, UK
     
Oct 21 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Oct 22 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
     
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