Six years after going on hiatus, animated music group Gorillaz are taking over the world with trippy beats and enough collaborations to make any EDM artist jealous. Their highly anticipated album Humanz is set to be released on April 28, bringing with it a glimpse at a post-Trump society.
That’s not the only project Damon Albarn and crew are unveiling this year. The group will be headlining their own music festival, aptly named “Demon Dayz,” on June 10 at Dreamland, an amusement park in the UK. An official lineup has yet to be released, but they have confirmed that the likes of Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon will make an appearance, along with many of the other collaborators who appear on Humanz.
Not surprisingly, Demon Dayz sold out rapidly. Bummed you couldn’t get tickets or that you couldn’t afford to travel all the way to the UK? You may be in luck. Demon Dayz is coming to Chicago, Albarn said in an interview with Q (via Pitchfork). They will also be in the US for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Fransisco in August.
What’s more, Gorillaz are launching an augmented reality app, giving fans the chance to explore the Gorillaz house, learning all about the daily lives of 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. Even better, you’ll be able to attend the Humanz House Party through the app in 500 real world locations. Fans will get to meet up with each other and listen to the new album in its entirety. Confused? Want more information? Watch the trailer for the app below.
But wait – there’s more. Pitchfork reported that there is a 10-episode TV series in the works starring Gorillaz, though the group is not disclosing much on this yet. There was also supposed to be a DreamWorks produced feature-length animated film about them until the project was scrapped because “it was too dark to spend a couple of hundred million dollars on,” Jamie Hewlett said.
This summer is slated to be a Gorillaz-packed jam session. With more and more news stories about the group breaking daily, there’s no telling what else Albarn and Hewlett have up their sleeves for a total world takeover. We couldn’t be more excited.
Featured image courtesy of Deviant Art.