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Keane Announce 'Sovereign Light Cafe' As New Single As They Remain At Number 1 For a Second Week


(Sovereign Light Café video shoot, Bexhill - Chris Pascoe)

Keane will release their new single 'Sovereign Light Café' on 16th July through Island/Cherrytree/Interscope Records.

Keane's new album 'Strangeland' remains at number 1 in the UK charts for a second week this week - their fifth consecutive number one album, equalling Coldplay and Radiohead, and beaten only by The Beatles.

'Strangeland' has debuted in the top ten in twenty countries around the world.  It is their fourth studio album, after 'Hopes & Fears' (2004); 'Under The Iron Sea' (2006); 'Perfect Symmetry' (2008) and the 'Night Train' EP (2010) which also topped the UK Album Chart.

You could say that 'Sovereign Light Café' is the theme to 'Strangeland'. It was the first song that Tim wrote for the album - the idea came to him in a taxi in Sao Paulo. The title name checks the seafront café in Bexhill where, as teenagers cycling from nearby Battle, he and Keane drummer Richard Hughes would “spend hours sunbathing underneath cloudy skies.” Once a “Springsteeny-sounding”
demo was laid down on the tour bus, the group listened back to what they had. The song’s sentiments – perhaps something to do with trying to make sense of the present by taking a look at your past –seemed to shine a light on what would follow. “It felt very emotional,” recalls Tim. “From the heart."

The 'Sovereign Light Cafe' video was filmed in Bexhill and features locals who create a portrait of a much love seaside town and joyful celebration of English life. The video will be premiered on VEVO on 30th May.

Keane are now set to continue their world tour with a string of sell out UK dates in May and June, before heading to North America and Europe.

"We were wide eyed dreamers and wiser too." (Keane, Sovereign Light Cafe)


May 2012

Wednesday 23Newcastle O2 Academy

Thursday 24Glasgow O2 Academy

Friday 25Birmingham O2 Academy

Tuesday 29Leeds O2 Academy

Wednesday 30Manchester O2 Apollo


Monday 04Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Tuesday 05Bristol O2 Academy

Wednesday 06Leicester De Montfort Hall

Friday 08London O2 Brixton Academy

Saturday 09London O2 Brixton Academy


Sunday 08T In The Park Festival


Saturday 18V Festival

Sunday 19V Festival

What the papers say:

“…the heart-bursting hymns to small-town dreamer that Bruce Springsteen might have written if he had grown up in Eastbourne rather than New Jersey.

With over ten million album sales to date, they remain one of Britains most successful bands of the past decade, and one of a mere handful to crack America."

 The Times

"...what Keane perfect in these stadium-swelling anthems is the meticulous yetineffable melodic progression that goes straight for the emotional reflex, defying you tolisten... without shivering at their loveliness." The Guardian - 4/5

"a set of tracks that pull the heartstrings with a strength that even a band as notoriously emotive as Keane have rarely managed before." -
Sunday Times Culture- 'CD Of The Week'

"it's good to have Keane back." -
Sunday Mirror - 'Album Of The Week'

“…huge heartfelt piano anthems, that sweep, soar and make this classic Keane.The Sun SFTW 4.5/5

Keane are rather brilliant…”NME

“…imbibed with romantic, end-of-the-pier spirit…”Q

"The boy's return to first principles in muscular fashion." -
Mail On Sunday 4/5

"masterpiece ballads." -
Daily Star - 9/10

"grandiose pop affections that wouldn't be lost on a Hurts album." -

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Comment by Irena Irina on May 23, 2012 at 2:05am

I love that song, one of my favourites on the album!


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