Beloved progressive metal artist Devin Townsend has announced the rescheduled dates for his “Lightwork” tour for 2023, which includes the addition of seven new UK dates. Alongside this, Townsend has announced the release date and details of his next album Lightwork, which is scheduled for release on October 28th 2022. The record will be paired with a companion album called Nightwork, which will be available as part of the limited-edition versions of the release. Pre-order details will be available in the coming months.
Tickets for Townsend’s forthcoming “Lightwork” tour will go on sale tomorrow (June 24th) at 10 AM BST. You can view a trailer for the tour at the link below, which also includes a preview of some of Townsend’s forthcoming music.
In regard to the other shows on the “Lightwork” tour, it has been confirmed via a recent press release that any previously purchased tickets will still be valid for the upcoming shows. A full list of dates can be viewed here, as well as any remaining tickets for these performances.
Speaking in an interview with Louder Sound in March, Towensend talked about the process of writing and recording Lightwork, describing his collaboration with producer Garth Richardson: “I’ve known Garth for so long, his method of production became more like one of those retractable leashes that you have dogs on. You can run and run, but, after you get to a certain point, he’s like, ‘No! Hold back there!’”.
Townsend also offered some insight into the themes of the record, saying: “I think I’m looking around at all the chaos and depression and suicides and all these sorts of things. I’ve always been of the mindset that music doesn’t come from musicians; it exists in the aether, and you try and drag it out. I just hope that there’s some inspiration or strength that can be taken from it. Don’t give up, I guess that’s the whole point.”
Lightwork follows along from Townsend’s nineteenth and twentieth studio albums The Puzzle and Snuggles; a pairing of ambient records that Townsend released in December of 2021. This was preceded by his 2019 full-length album Empath. You can listen to these albums, along with the rest of Townsend’s catalogue via streaming services. You can find out more about the album via MXDWN.com’s recent article.
You can view Townsend’s newly announced UK dates down below.
28/03/2023 – De La Warr Pavilion- Bexhill-on-Sea
29/03 – Academy- Bristol
31/03 – Academy- Manchester,
01/04 – Rock City- Nottingham
02/04 – University- Newcastle
04/04 – KK’s Steel Mill- Wolves
05/04 – UEA- Norwich
Photo Credit: Paul Harries