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Rufus Wainwright to play Meltdown Festival, reveals new song

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    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.

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    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.

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    “Who Are You New York”

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    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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