Royal Blood’s ‘Back To The Water Below’ Tops The UK Chart On Debut
Royal Blood’s critically acclaimed Back To The Water Below has shot straight to No. 1 on the UK Official Albums Chart. With approximately three times the sales of its nearest competitor, the success of Back To The Water Below means that Royal Blood have topped the chart with their first four albums – the others being their self-titled debut (2014), How Did We Get So Dark? (2017) and Typhoons (2021).
Broadening their sound without ever compromising their ethos, Back To The Water Below is also notable as the first Royal Blood album to have been solely produced by the duo, Mike Kerr (vocals / bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums). They commented “Today officially marks our fourth album going to No 1 in the UK. We’re honestly so overwhelmed by how many of you went out and supported us with this album.
“We’ve never made music in hope for any kind of award, reward, or chart position – we just make music together because that’s what we love doing, but we have to say, this is truly nuts and we can’t thank you enough for keeping this dream burning so bright for us. Best fans ever. Mike & Ben x.”
A landmark moment of Royal Blood’s summer came when they played a triumphant homecoming show on Brighton Beach, while further live highlights included headline sets at Truck, Y NOT? and Kendal Calling, plus further major festivals such as Glastonbury and TRNSMT. They are now set to embark upon a UK and Ireland headline tour next month, while their remaining schedule for the year includes two North American tours plus their first shows in Australia since 2018.
Royal Blood: UK and Ireland dates 2023:
20th – Manchester, O2 Apollo – SOLD OUT
21st – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
22nd – Stockton, The Globe – SOLD OUT
24th – London, Eventim Apollo – SOLD OUT
25th – Liverpool, University Mountford Hall – SOLD OUT
26th – Wolverhampton, The Halls – SOLD OUT
27th – Portsmouth, Guildhall – SOLD OUT
29th – Belfast, The Telegraph Building – SOLD OUT
30th – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
31st – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre