Preview: The Cardigans, O2 Academy Birmingham

20 years after the release of their seminal album Gran Turismo, Swedish pop-rockers The Cardigans return to UK shores for a four-date tour including Birmingham’s 02 Academy on Thursday 6 December.

The Swedish electronic rock five-piece mark two decades since the release of the game-changing fourth album which features classic singles including ‘Hanging Around’, ‘Erase / Rewind’ and ‘My Favourite Game’, and catapulted the band to super-stardom.

Gran Turismo achieved Platinum status in UK, sold over 3 million copies worldwide and saw the band nominated for an astounding seven Grammi Awards in Sweden.

The band, fronted by vocalist Nina Persson, said ahead of the tour, “We are delighted to return to the UK in December. We believe it’s the first time since the summer of 2007. This time we’ll indulge in the late 90s playing Gran Turismo all the way through.”

Support each night comes from singer-songwriters Moto Boy and Jenny Wilson.

Tickets for The Cardigans on Thursday 6 December at O2 Academy Birmingham are available via the venue’s official site.

Words: Dave Breeze


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