Gorillaz announce new music festival Demon Dayz, the band's first live performance in over five years

Their new album is due later this year

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Over the last year, Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have been teasing ambitious new music, releasing a single with Benjamin Clementine earlier this year.

Despite the track receiving a middling response from critics and fans, the band’s latest announcement has everyone very excited.

On 10 June, Gorillaz will host their very own festival. Demon Dayz - named after their second record - will take place in Margate’s very own Dreamland amusement park, with admission also covering “Free use of Dreamland's amusement park”.

So far, only Gorillaz are on the line-up but expect additions in the near future. Tickets start at £60.00, with Priority Entry available for £70.00. If you don’t manage to get tickets, Red Bull will be streaming the entire thing via Redbull.TV. 

The band last performed together in 2011 - not including a performance of Clint Eastwood in 2014 featuring both Albarn and Del the Funky Homosapien at Bonnaroo festival or the Gorillaz Sound System gigs.

Last year, the first footage of Damon Albarn back in the studio emerged online via Jamie Hewlett’s Instagram account, with snippets of new info hitting the internet ever since.

Speaking about album number five previously, Albarn said the new record would be “really fast”, adding “it's got quite a lot of energy.” 

In his last update on the upcoming record, Hewlett described how he was 'shutting himself away' to work on the band's next steps. “I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m at that phase of experimentation.”

According to Hewlett, the record will be out later this year, with the collaborators not wanting to rush the recording process because it’s sound “really f*cking special”.