We're excited to announce that we'll be headlining the Tour de France 2014 Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation at the Leeds Arena on 3rd July.
Danny said: "It's going to be amazing, to have one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world coming to our back yard and to be part of it is nothing short of massive, we're really looking forward to it!"
Alongside the band, spectators will also be greeted by defending champion Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh will join York singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin on stage to perform the track he wrote called The Road - the official anthem of Yorkshire's Grand Départ 2014.
To celebrate the collaboration between Yorkshire and France, million selling French singer Pauline Vassuer will sing her hit "Allo le Monde".
The orchestra and choir of Opera North will perform music specially created for the event live throughout the ceremony, conducted by composer Philip Sheppard, who composed music for London 2012.
The band Hope and Social, one of the stars of the hugely successful Yorkshire Festival, will also take part - teaming up with 100 performers of all ages who've joined them as they've taken their Tour of Infinite Possibility around the county.
Highlights of the show will be broadcast around the world, with a special programme in the UK on ITV 4.
Tickets for the not-for-profit event start at £45 upwards (all the highest priced £85 tickets sold out in minutes) and are available at letouryorkshire.com/tickets, by phone on 0844 248 1585, or from the box office in Trinity Leeds shopping centre where no booking fee applies.
Embrace return in 2014, releasing their first album in eight years with their self-titled new album ‘Embrace’ released on 28th April through Cooking Vinyl.
With three #1 albums, six top ten singles, sold out arena shows and well over a million album sales behind them, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace. But now they are back with a fantastic new album conveying a rawer, darker sound whilst still keeping their signature anthems and huge choruses. Embrace are set to return with a bang. A big bang.
Danny: "The album feels like we've come full circle to the band we were before we even got signed, but the clock is ticking louder than it ever has before and everything feels more do or die now. All our original influences have floated back to the surface. I have to say that for my part, we've never felt more focussed or distilled. I think we've done it at last - we've finally made an album that's better than the first one."
The album is available to pre-order now from the band's official store on four different physical formats, with the Super Deluxe Box Set including seven different pieces of exclusive merchandise that won't be available anywhere else:
- Standard CD (signed)
- Deluxe Edition CD / DVD (signed)
- Gatefold White Double Vinyl LP (signed)
- Exclusive Super Deluxe Embrace Album Box Set
Talking about the Super Deluxe Box Set, Danny said: "We've never really done one of these before but there has been so much extra material that we've built up over the years working on this album that it felt right to do it now. I have hundreds of notebooks with song ideas that never made it to the album, and lyrics for alternative versions of songs and a million other things. I imagine people sitting down with an acoustic guitar and playing some of these songs and they will be the only people to hear them apart from the band. We also made a really fucked up piece of art called "Al's Tribute" from all the pictures fans gave us of things they have been obsessed by."
To view further details of the different physical formats of the album and pre-order your copy now, visit the band's official store here.