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Barbican announces rescheduled The Divine Comedy dates for 2021

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Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time – Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy
Wed 1 – Sun 5 Sep 2021, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – 40 plus booking fee

Today the Barbican announces rescheduled dates for Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time – Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy, a celebration of the band’s thirtieth anniversary.

The five-night concert-run by The Divine Comedy was originally planned for 2 – 6 September 2020 but can no longer go ahead due to the Covid-19 restrictions. In consultation with the Barbican and Cité de la Musique the band have decided to delay their London and Paris residencies till next year. The Barbican concerts will now take place Wed 1 – Sun 5 September 2021.

Performing as an eleven-piece ensemble, they will play two albums in full each night in chronological order as follows:

  • Liberation / Promenade (Wed 1 Sep 2021)
  • Casanova / A Short Album About Love (Thu 2 Sep 2021)
  • Fin de Siecle / Regeneration (Fri 3 Sep 2021)
  • Absent Friends / Victory For The Comic Muse (Sat 4 Sep 2021)
  • Bang Goes The Knighthood / Foreverland (Sun 5 Sep 2021)

The band will repeat the five nights at the Cité de la Musique in Paris later in September 2021.
In 1990 Neil Hannon signed his first deal and started releasing records under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years, twelve great albums and hundreds of mesmerising live shows later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation. To mark the anniversary, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums on CD, LP and digital. The reissued albums plus a new twelve volume CD boxset entitled Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time - Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy will be released in October 2020 and are available to preorder now from

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Tickets booked previously for September 2020 dates will remain valid for the new dates in September 2021 and bookers will be informed by email.

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