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Why We're Happy Holly Herndon Is Touring with Radiohead

Shabazz Palaces and Dawn of Midi will also provide support.
Photo by Damien Maloney

Regardless of how you feel about their new album A Moon Shaped Pool, it's undeniable that English experimental rock band Radiohead wield a lot of cultural influence. They're celebrities, and that means they can give valuable exposure to exciting young artists who might not get to play in stadiums or arenas otherwise.

It's exciting, then, that they've chosen a number of radical artists to support them on their 2016 tour: American sound artist Holly Herndon, experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, and Brooklyn ensemble Dawn of Midi. We're particularly excited about Herndon, who is doing incredible work to challenge the surveillance state, interrogate the operations of corporate power online, and use music as a Platform (the name of her 2015 album) for transformative collective action. She will be joined on the tour by software developer and artist Mat Dryhurst, who is her partner, and Brooklyn multi-disciplinary artist Colin Self.


In November, Herndon launched a crowd-sourced database of sound work dealing with the internet; if you want to get some insight into how she goes about making her expansively microdetailed compositions, she also recently shared some information about her process.

Radiohead tour dates:

May 20-21 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall ^
May 23-24 - Paris, France - Le Zénith ^
May 26-28 - London, England - Roundhouse ^
June 1 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits Des Fourvieres ^
June 3 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
June 17 - Reyjkavik, Iceland - Secret Solstice
July 2 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Openair St. Gallen
July 8 - Lisbon, Portugal - Nos Alive Festival
July 26-27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden *
July 29-31 - Montreal, Québec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
August 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium #
August 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium #
August 20 - Osaka, Japan - Summersonic Festival
August 21 - Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic Festival
September - 11 Berlin, Germany - Lollapalooza
October 3-4 - Mexico City, Mexico - Palacio de los Deportes

^ with Holly Herndon
* with Dawn of Midi
# with Shabazz Palaces

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