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Swedish alternative rockers Mando Diao are set to return to the UK for the first time in a decade for an exclusive headline performance at London’s O2 Academy Islington in May.
Perhaps best known for their 2009 hit, Dance With Somebody, the band boast eight studio albums to their name, including two that have reached the No.1 spot in their native Sweden.
Fronted by founding member Björn Dixgård on vocals and guitar, they last released their Good Times LP in 2017, continuing a influential career across the continent.
All eight of their records have reached the top 10 in Sweden, with 2012’s Infruset certified four times Platinum.
As Mando Diao gear up to return to the UK for the first time since 2009, we caught up with the band to find out more about the songs that will be keeping them entertained on the road. The result is nothing short of eclectic, with a strong language warning in place for some of the selection.
Delve into what makes the world of Mando Diao tick below.
Kunta Kinta Dub – The Revolutionaries
“It has that nice swag feeling to it. You can just look out the window and float away.”
J. Cole – Wet Dreamz
“The beat and nice old school feel takes you back to the ’90s.”
Drake – Nice For What
“Love the Ms Lauryn Hill sample! It’s like an old Motown song in a modern costume.”
David Axelrod – The Edge
“It’s fun to listen to the original sample.”
Joe Walsh – In The City
“Love the drum sound and soul touch in the outro!”
Catch Mando Diao on their first UK headline show in 10 years on the following date:
22 May 2019 – O2 Academy Islington, London
Tickets for Mando Diao’s London date are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.