“I Wanna Be Young” by Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink will return to Europe this summer in support of his latest release Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, his first release on Mexican Summer. He’ll play coveted festival slots at the likes of Primavera Sound, Way Out West and End of the Road alongside headline tour dates including London’s iconic Heaven.

Ariel Pink released Dedicated to Bobby Jameson on September 15. The recording is his first solo album since his 2014 prog-pop opus pom pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. The release’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him,” Pink states.

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track, “Time to Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”

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UK / EU tour dates:

02 + 03 June – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
05-Aug – OFF Festival, Katowice
06-Aug – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
07-Aug – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg
08-Aug – Øyanatt presents at Roverstaden, Oslo
09-Aug – Way Out West Festival, Goteborg
10-Aug – Haven Festival, Copenhagen
11-Aug – Haldern-Pop, Rees-Haldern
12-Aug – Paradiso, Amsterdam
14-Aug – Heaven, London
15-Aug – Gorilla, Manchester
16-Aug – Button Factory, Dublin
18-Aug – La Route Du Rock Festival, Saint-Malo
19-Aug – Congés Annulés Festival, Bonnevoie
21-Aug – Tavastia, Helsinki
22-Aug – Erarta Stage, St. Petersburg
23-Aug – Arbat Hall, Moscow
27-Aug – Kino Siska, Ljubljana
28-Aug – Arena, Vienna
29-Aug – Manufaktur, Schorndorf

01-Sep – Paris Psych Festival
02-Sep – End of The Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens