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Rufus Wainwright to play Meltdown Festival, reveals new song

on April 07, 2010, 9:35am

Rufus Wainwright has been keeping himself busy the last few years with various side projects, but, as previously reported, he’ll soon be returning to center stage with the April 20th release of All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu. What’s more, he has also announced his appearance at the this summer’s Meltdown Festival, where he’ll look to pay tribute to his mother Kate McGarrigle.

McGarrigle, an acclaimed folk singer, passed away last January following a long bout with cancer. According to Wainwright, this year’s festival, which is scheduled to take place in June at London’s Southbank Centre, will feature a tribute concert for his deceased mother. Wainwright will reportedly be joined by a bevy of guests, including his sister, singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, and the festival’s 2010 curator, the legendary Richard Thompson.

“A lot of people are coming in for that. One of the artists I can mention for sure, is the wonderful Richard Thompson. Apparently, his first request was to do something for Kate, so I was very, very touched by that,” explained Rufus in a recent interview with the BBC.

As for All Days Are Nights, expect an emotionally-charged, stripped back record with a lot of concentration on the piano. “What was going on inside, was just so tumultuous and so hairy, that it just came out whether I liked it or not. Especially dealing with my mother’s health at the time. She’s since passed away, but at the time I was writing this, she was really up and down. She had incredible moments of vitality matched with equally depressing times. I had to do this kind of work,” Wainwright went on to note.

One of those piano-based tracks, “Who Are You New York?”, can be heard below (via Stereogum). You can also find a complete, up-to-date listing of his summer touring plans, which still features a serious lack of U.S. dates.

Check Out:
“Who Are You New York”

Rufus Wainwright 2010 Tour Dates:
04/11 – Southampton, UK @ Southampton Guildhall
04/13 – London, UK @ Sadler’s Wells Theatre
04/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
04/16 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
04/17 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield City Hall
04/19 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
04/20 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
04/22 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
04/23 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
04/25 – Nottingham, UK @ The Royal Centre Nottingham
04/26 – Oxford, UK @ The New Theatre
04/29 – Ipswich, UK  @ Regent Theatre
04/30 – Krems, AT @ Danube Festival
05/02 – Brussels, BE @ Palais des Beaux Arts
05/03 – Paris, FR @ Theatre Mogador
05/05 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Circo Price
05/06 – Porto, PT @ Coliseu
05/07 – Lisbon, PT @ Aula Magna
05/09 – Bilbao, ES @ Palacio Euskalduna
05/11 – Barcelona, ES @ Grand Teatre del Liceu
05/12 – Lyon, FR @ Le Transbordeur
05/13 – Firenze, IT @ Teatro Communale
05/15 – Milan, IT @ Conservatorio
05/16 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
05/17 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
05/19 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuhne
05/21 – Lund, SE @ Lundakarnevalen
05/22 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
05/24 – Tallinn, EE @ Nokia Concert Hall
05/25 – Helsinki, FI @ House of Culture
05/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Filadelfiakyrkan
05/29 – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
05/30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Radio Concert Hall
05/31 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
06/02 – Cologne, DE @ Theater am Tanzbrunnen
06/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Carre
06/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Carre
06/15 – Toronto, ON @ Elgin Theatre
06/17 – Toronto, ON @ Elgin Theatre
06/20 – Sainte-Foy, QC @ Salle Albert-Rousseau
06/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre St-Denis
07/03 – London, UK @ Kenwood House
07/04 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
07/11 – Westhampton Beach, NY @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
11/22 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

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