With spring giving way to summer at long last, raucous Manchester four-piece Spring King have welcomed the season in style, gaining the first ever play on Zane Lowe’s long-awaited Apple Music / Beats1 worldwide radio show with their latest single ‘City’.

Launched last night, Zane introduced the track by stating, “We’ve spent the last three months building this radio station and now we can build no more – we must launch. We’ve had all sorts of ideas about the first song; things that make statements, things with fanfare. But ultimately, there’s been one song that all of us keep coming back to. We’ve tested sound to it, I’ve referred to it lyrically when I’ve needed a boost, because it’s been stressful at times, and exciting and challenging. We’ve even cut demos to it to convince people to continue to support this radio station. This band put this EP out a few months ago with little or no fanfare outside of core fans. But they’re building. That’s exactly the kind of story and the kind of record we need to kick this whole thing off with, cause man, it’s not about fanfare – there’s fireworks and a hangover the next day – it’s about quality and consistency. We’re Beats1, we’re worldwide, and from now on we’re always on.”

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The track’s play made waves across the globe, and Beats1’s launch with an unsigned band made headlines. Speaking on the surprise, Spring King’s primary songwriter and singer/drummer Tarek Musa says, ”Genuinely blown away that Zane Lowe, someone I’d listen to growing up, decided to play Spring King as the opener to Beats1 Radio. Never expected to be part of something so big by doing what we love. If DJs like Zane Lowe continue to support small, unsigned bands like us, that can only be a good thing for musicians and artists across the world. So thanks Zane! And everyone who's supported us along the way. We can't wait to share our new music with you soon.”

To celebrate, the band are embarking on a run of summer shows and festival slots – full dates for which are below. Check out their latest EP They’re Coming After you here, and get ready for Spring King to soar.

Full tour dates:
July 3rd | Blissfields Festival, Winchester
July 17th | Truck Festival, Oxford
July 23rd | Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
July 25th | Midi Festival, Hyeres, France
July 28th | The Old Blue Last, London (DIY Presents show)
July 29th | Disaronno Terrace, Oust House, Manchester
Aug 7th | Boardmasters Festival, Truro
Aug 28th | Leeds Festival, Leeds
Aug 30th | Reading Festival, Reading
Sept 4th | Freedom Festival, Hull
Sept 5th | Festival No. 6, Portmeirion
Oct 13th | Thekla, Bristol *
Oct 14th | Library, Birmingham *
Oct 15th | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham *
Oct 17th | Gorilla, Manchester *
Oct 18th | Cluny, Newcastle *
Oct 20th | Electric Circus, Edinburgh *
Oct 21st | King Tuts, Glasgow *
Oct 22nd | Academy 2, Liverpool *
Oct 29th | Heaven, London *

(* = w/ Spector)

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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