Honda Civic Tour: Grouplove & Portugal. The Man
|Thursday, August 21, 2014
AEG Live is thrilled to announce GROUPLOVE & PORTUGAL. THE MAN live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
The 2014 Honda Civic Tour is taking a new turn in its 13th year – with not just one, but three successive tours and three distinct genres of music, as well as becoming a significant pillar of the new Honda Stage music platform. Alternative rock bands Grouplove and Portugal. The Man will co-headline the first 2014 Honda Civic Tour this summer with Tokyo Police Club and Typhoon supporting on various dates kicking off on August 10 in Seattle, WA. The second of the three tours will begin in the fall, with Brooklyn-based pop/rock band American Authors on October 1. Additionally, Latin DJ trio 3BallMTY will headline the final tour of the series starting mid-November.
“I would say that this is the dream tour. Honda is really invested in all art forms and connecting music with fans,” said Hannah Hooper of Grouplove.
The Honda Civic Tour will uphold tradition as headlining bands will once again design their very own custom Honda Civic, which has always been a highlight of the Honda Civic Tour. Audiences are sure to be awed as headliners Grouplove and Portugal. The Man collaborate on an original design. Additionally, American Authors and 3BallMTY will each showcase their creative Civic designs later this year.
Honda’s commitment to music runs deep, with a 13 year history presenting the popular Honda Civic Tour, as well as hosting Honda Stages at premier U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Music Midtown and Austin City Limits Music Festival. Honda’s passion for music content curation and delivering unique experiences to music enthusiasts has led the automaker’s development of the new Honda Stage platform. The Honda Stage program provides music fans one-of-a-kind music experiences through live performances and digital content: www.YouTube.com/HondaStage.
Under the Honda Stage program, American Honda brings together an unprecedented group of entertainment and technology leaders including Clear Channel (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube to produce and distribute some of the best original, high-quality music content available today, through dozens of live events and exclusive online content. The success of the Honda Civic Tour makes it a natural fit as a pillar of the Honda Stage program.
“There is a new generation of music fans that can now share in Honda’s passion for music and fun-to-drive vehicles with the expansion of the Honda Civic Tour, reaching a wider and broader fan base,” said Nick Lee, Honda Brand Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We are thrilled to work with so many talented artists, sponsor their tours and underwrite ticket prices so that fans have access to the music they love at an affordable price.”
Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin, Never Trust A Happy Song featured their debut single “Colours.” Hailed by SPIN as “one of the most infectious songs you’re bound to hear,” the song climbed to the top 15 at Alternative radio and continues to be a fan favorite. Their follow-up single “Tongue Tied” garnered even greater success, going to #1 and earning platinum certification, with sales exceeding one million. Grouplove’s raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. Grouplove’s second full length album, Spreading Rumours, was released in Fall 2013 and met with a raft of critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and National Public Radio who called it “ludicrously easy to love.” The highly anticipated collection’s lead single “Ways To Go” went to #2 on the Alternative radio charts and was supported by pair of sold out tours of North America which also included stops at the Austin City Limits music festival and a return to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. www.grouplove.com
About Portugal. The Man
Portland, OR-via-Wasilla, AK-based band Portugal. The Man released their most recent album, Evil Friends, produced by Danger Mouse, last year. With a reputation as one of the most exciting and sought-after live bands on the festival circuit today, the band has headlined shows around the world and played every major notable festival including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and many more. Most recently, the band partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to raise awareness of the Sumatran Tiger, an endangered species, by distributing a previously unreleased song titled “Sumatran Tiger” to 400 influencers on 400 custom polycarbonate records which degraded after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants were tasked with digitizing and “breeding” the song through their social channels with the hashtag #EndangeredSong. www.portugaltheman.com
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