10 Apr 2008
The Magnetic Fields Summer European Tour 
From the House of Tomorrow Newsletter:

The Magnetic Fields, back from nearly a four-year hiatus from touring, are traveling once again to Europe. They are pleased to announce that they are preparing a short string of European dates kicking off this June. Confirmed markets so far include Spain, England, Sweden, and Portugal, with more to come shortly. Regular updates - including information on additional tour stops - will be posted to houseoftomorrow.com.

The Magnetic Fields' London stop features shows on the evenings of July 9 and 10 at Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A special, limited presale allocation of Front Stall reserved seats will be available for purchase exclusively from ArtistTicket.com starting Friday April 11 at 9:00AM. Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting 9am on Saturday 12 April 2008. Tickets are GBP 22.50, handling fees not included.

Visit The Magnetic Fields on ArtistTicket.com.

The Magnetic Fields are readying the re-release of their catalog on full-length 12" vinyl albums. Merge Records will start the run with 'The Charm of the Highway Strip', out on 6 May 2008 in the US. Nonesuch Records will follow this summer with a pressing of 'Distortion', the band's January 2008 release. This fall, Merge Records will release the vinyl edition of 'Get Lost'.

Small quantities of the latest 'Distortion' tour t-shirts are still available for sale to House of Tomorrow newsletter subscribers.

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