By Stevie Connor.
There’s no place like home and dreams can come true. Proving both points, The Lathums have announced that they are to play for 11,500 fans in an emotional, celebratory homecoming at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena on Fri 19 July 2024. Loudly and proudly playing the songs of hope and heartbreak that have filled two chart-topping albums at their biggest UK show to date, their family of fans will rush to grab next summer’s hottest indie-pop ticket from 9am, Fri 8 December 2023. Links to book, as well as details on how to access fan-only advance information and access on current and future events, are hosted on the band’s website at www.thelathums.com A local landmark neighbouring Wigan Athletic’s own DW Stadium, itself a site of Lathums’ folklore with the band having raised thousands for the club’s community activities, Robin Park Arena’s athletics track will pound to a musical beat as the aspirational, deep-feeling four-piece find their long-standing ambition to play a major outdoor show in their home town becoming a reality. Having toured extensively through 2023, including landmark dates in support of their second No.1 album, From Nothing To A Little Bit More, and visiting Europe’s major cities once more, this time on over 30 dates supporting Louis Tomlinson, the huge Robin Park Arena date is the first, and most momentous, headline show announcement made by The Lathums for 2024. Completed by founder members Scott Concepcion (guitar/piano) and Ryan Durrans (drums), plus adopted-Wiganer and latest member, Liverpool native, Matty Murphy (bass), the Robin Park Arena announcement, whilst heading into a run of sold out, intimate year-ending dates, concludes another expectation-shattering year for The Lathums.
Humble to the last, the band may have thought that it couldn’t get any better than another weekend at Glastonbury and a blistering, televised coming-of-age appearance on The Other Stage, yet a romantic, rain-soaked show before 8,000 people at Manchester’s Castlefield Arena at the end of June emerged as a defining moment for a band still steadfastly on the rise. Looking ahead to a run of arena dates in support of Keane next spring, on top of their own headline and festival shows to be announced, The Lathums have never been busier, nor more optimistic for what lies ahead. Having seen their second, ‘heartbreak’ album, From Nothing To A Little Bit More, follow the phenomenal success of their 2021 debut, How Beautiful Life Can Be, their most recent standalone single, September’s Thoughts Of A Child, opened the studio door and hinted what might yet be ahead. Typically philosophical and soul-searching, Moore said that the track dealt with “the happiness and purity we feel when we are children”, adding: “For some reason we lose it along the way. But together we can find it again.”
At the same time as releasing their album in March, The Lathums announced they had founded their own charitable fund to bring children and young people into contact with opportunities to experience the arts and culture. Developed in collaboration with their charity partner, Curious Minds, the Chance To See Fund continues to benefit from individual and organisational donations, as well as proceeds from one-off vinyl releases and collections at Lathums shows.
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