THE MAGIC Gang will perform on March 27 next year at the O2 Academy in Leeds as part of a major national tour.

They will share the billing with Blossoms as they play in support of their new album Death Of The Party due out on August 28 this year.

The band, praised by Wilkinson of Beats 1 as one of the UK's finest melodic bands, this month shared latest single Make Time For Change.

The Fader website describes the album as a joyous new chapter in the Magic Gang's journey, while DIY magazine said it was an assured strut forward into new sonic territory.

Clash magazine said: "The album pushes the Magic Gang to a frenzied new intensity, adding a soulful touch to their summer-fresh songwriting."

Make Time For Change was premiered on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World.

A spokesman said: "Adorned with blossoming vocal harmonies and stirring brass, Make Time For Change continues The Magic Gang’s adventures in Northern Soul, with radiant sun-kissed indie-pop that’s perfect for the summer months to come.

"The song’s immediately uplifting sound is balanced with introspective lyrics from Gus Taylor, who offers easy-to-achieve ideas for how to look after his mental health.

Magic Gang member Gus said Make Time For Change was a song about self-care, adding: "It’s a reminder to look after yourself and to encourage yourself to do the things that make you feel good.”

As with the rest of Death of the Party, the single was recorded in Atlanta with the Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley).

Lead single Think also gained Radio 1 support as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, while Jack Saunders subsequently named it as Tune of the Week.

Second single Take Back The Track was accompanied by an innovative lockdown-inspired video and is currently playlisted at Radio 1.

The Magic Gang approached the album with two objectives in mind.

They aimed to broaden the scope of their harmony-rich, melodically focused pop. And inspired by Lou Reed, Alex Turner and especially Jonathan Richman they wanted to take a more observational lyrical approach.

The spokesman added: "The stories they tell reflect the experiences of many of their early-twentysomething contemporaries. They explore anxieties about money, relationships and the future, but also the fun moments that they use to escape from such issues.

"Two songs – Jack Kaye’s ‘Make A Sound’ and Kristian Smith’s title track – best encapsulate their flair for a narrative, with two radically different perspectives on a New Year’s Eve party.

"Meanwhile, the album closer ‘(The World) Outside My Door’ explores Jack’s guilt at writing music while the Extinction Rebellion protests were hitting the streets."