Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C. have announced a UK tour for 2021, including their biggest headline show to date.

The Dublin band, whose debut long-player Dogrel was my record of the year for 2019, are due to release the much-anticipated follow-up, A Hero’s Death, on July 31 on Partisan Records.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means they are unable to promote the new record in the conventional way, but they have announced a full UK tour for next May.

It includes what will be their biggest headline UK show to-date at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27 May. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 July at and

However, fans can gain access to a pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday 1 July by pre-ordering the album from the band’s official store or signing up to their mailing list HERE.

NHS staff and key workers will also have the chance to secure free tickets to the shows, with 50 being made available at all regional events, and 200 for the London show.

Tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis, and anyone wishing to apply must email by 5pm on Tuesday 30 June, listing their profession and the show they want to attend. Tickets will be limited to two per customer, and ID will be required.

News of the tour follows the announcement of A Hero’s Death, which was produced in London by Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes), and the release of a video for the title track, which stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).

The band have also recently shared the opening track from the album. With its lonely intensity, I Don’t Belong stands in stark relief to the swagger of Big, which kicked off their debut album last year. The song is also accompanied by a video directed remotely by bassist Connor Deegan III.

Dogrel earned Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold-out tours in the UK and abroad.

Gary Welford owner