28 Jul 2004
Euro-pop 
The Magnetic Fields spring back into action this autumn with a full European Tour, no doubt to further promote the album 'i'. The full schedule is as follows (with thanks to thehouseoftomorrow.com. New York residents read on for details of two further gigs in your area.

October 2004

2 - Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
3 - Stockholm, Sweden China Theatre
4 - Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
6 - Hamburg, Germany Fabrik
7 - Berlin, Germany Passionskirche
8 - Stuttgart/Schorndorf, Germany Manufaktur
10 - London, UK Royal Festival Hall
20 - Lisbon, Portugal Aula Magna
21 - Bilbao, Spain Teatro Barakaldo
22 - Madrid, Spain Palacio Congresos
23 - Barcelona, Spain Teatre Principal
24 - Valencia, Spain Palau de Congresos
26 - Edinburgh, UK Queens Hall
27 - Cambridge, UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
29 - Coventry, UK Warwick Arts Centre
30 - Manchester, UK RNCM
31 - Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre

Topping and tailing those shows are two in New York City in August and November.

Aug 18 - Angel Orensanz Center
Nov 18 - Carnegie Hall

How to get tickets: Tickets for most U.S. performances can be purchased at the box office or through TicketWeb or Ticketmaster. Limited presale tickets may also be available at a discount for some shows at MusicToday.com.

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