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News: Air Announce 25th Anniversary Release Of Moon Safari And New Live Shows

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News: Air Announce 25th Anniversary Release Of Moon Safari And New Live Shows

To further celebrate the 25th anniversary of Air’s seminal debut album Moon Safari, a Deluxe audio-video package will be released via Parlophone/ Warner Music on March 8. This follows huge excitement that the iconic French duo will play their widely celebrated album in its entirety for the first time across Europe this February & March. All dates on the original tour sold out in record time and given the exceptional demand for tickets, Air have now added further dates to their touring schedule for late spring and into the summer including a night at The Royal Albert Hall in London and key appearances across Europe, including a headline show at legendary electronic music festival Sonar in Barcelona. The album re-issue (a Deluxe 2CD/Blu Ray Audio-Video) will include a Spatial Dolby Atmos audio version of the original album along with super rare or previously unreleased tracks as well as Mike Mill’s 1998 documentary film ‘Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing’ filmed during the band’s first ever worldwide tour and more… Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the release of Moon Safari catapulted Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel to the uppermost rung of electronic music’s ladder and left an indelible imprint on pop culture at the end of the 20th Century. Despite being young 20-somethings at the time and having only released one EP to date, Godin and Dunckel’s stars aligned and together they were blessed with the creative skill to make the perfect electronic pop songs. These two students of astrophysics and architecture set about creating their own universe with the confidence and pedigree of seasoned pros.

 Today, the record’s legacy is canonical, but at the time of release, its multi-million success was far from assured. Says Dunckel: “We were a duo doing some electronic thing, dreaming of selling 10,000 copies and being recognised by other musicians as cool. Then suddenly, we met the world.” In no time at all, AIR’s downtempo influence was easy to detect all around. Through Moon Safari, Air’s music infiltrated and transfixed some of the great visionaries of the late 20th century – David Bowie, Madonna, Beck – as well as influencing preeminent aesthetes of the incoming age – including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kevin Parker and Sofia Coppola, whose creative relationship with Air became as synergetic as that of Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch (another fan). Moon Safari birthed hit singles in ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’,  ‘All I Need’ and ‘Sexy Boy’, sold millions of copies around the world, and pushed Air into headline status at major festivals. 25 years on, it’s not hard to reason why Moon Safari has stood the test of time. It’s a mood you want to live inside of forever. It’s a revelation. It’s conversation pit music for a better future. Dunckel sums up his own album as “a deep, universal spell, full of love and mystery.” “To me,” Godin concludes, “Moon Safari is perfect.” And who can argue… AIR PLAY MOON SAFARI: Feb 24                Antigel @ Victoria Hall, Geneva – Ch Sold OutFeb 25                Fabrique, Milan – Italy Sold OutFeb 27                Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna – Austria Sold OutFeb 29                De Roma, Antwerp – Belgium Sold OutMarch 2             Theater Des Westens, Berlin – Germany Sold OutMarch 7             L’Olympia, Paris – France Sold OutMarch 8             Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands Sold OutMarch 24           London Coliseum, London – UK Sold Out *NEW DATES May 30               London Royal Albert Hall – UK * on sale Feb 2nd at 10am localJune 14               Sonar Festival, Barcelona – Spain * on saleJune 24               Days Off Festival, Philharmonie De Paris – France * on sale March 2024July 21                Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin – Germany * on saleJuly 23                Medastadt Open Air, Vienna – Austria  * on sale