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Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas to Tour Europe


If you’re as completely fucknuts obsessed with Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas’ recent album Mariner as I am, then one of your year’s great tragedies has no doubt been the fact that the album would never be played live. Christmas lives in the U.S., Cult of Luna live in Sweden, and the whole album was made using the magic of modern technology. We could only close our eyes and dream how incredible these shows might have been.

But that’s about to change… for lucky fans in Europe, at least! The Cult of Christmas will play five European shows in November. Explains CoL guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson:

Mariner was never supposed to be played live. 

“It was under this premise that we started working together with Julie over two years ago. 

“The goal was to release the album, which was hard enough considering that we live on two sides of the gigantic Atlantic ocean. But if there’s one thing that life has taught me, it’s that you should never say never – however unlikely an event seems to be. 

“Usually unlikely events are bad things that happen despite all precautions but in this case… well, let’s just say that the outcome is yet to be decided.

“The stars have aligned perfectly and I am going to have take back what I’ve repeated in numerous interviews this past year: that Mariner will not be played live, because it will. 

“We have managed to sync our schedules and in November we will do a select few shows in Europe. Note that we will only play Mariner from start to finish. 

“There will be five Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas shows in Europe, nothing more and nothing less. There are no plans to perform the album live again.

“We are as excited to hear how this plays out live as you might be because we haven’t played the songs together before.

“Hope to see you in November.”

Hopefully they’ll film at least one of these shows so those of us not lucky enough to attend have some way to experience it besides phone footage. As for everyone who will be lucky enough to attend… well, I hate you. Just a little bit. But still. Hate.

Dates are on the admat below. Mariner is out now on Indie Recordings, and if you haven’t heard it yet, you’re robbing yourself of a truly mind-blowing musical experience.

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