alt-J teaming up with BØRNS for special Santa Barbara Bowl show

Two of the more popular names in commercial rock music will be teaming up for a show at the Santa Barbara Bowl this April. British trio alt-J and Børns will both take the stage at the popular outdoor venue on April 16, which falls nicely between the two weekends of Coachella, where both artists are also scheduled to perform this spring.

The upcoming show falls near the beginning of alt-J’s recently announced upcoming North American tour, which starts in early April. The band released their third studio album this past June, and look to continue their heavy global promotion with a run of concerts throughout this coming spring and summer. One of the other notable stops on their upcoming trek includes a show at New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium alongside jazzmaster and saxophonist Kamasi Washington on June 15.

Børns is also very much in new music mode as 2018 gets off to a hot start for the 26-year-old singer and guitarist. He released his sophomore album just last month with Blue Madonna, a 12-track LP that starts out with a melodically deep duet alongside Lana Del Rey titled “God Save Our Young Blood.” Børns is currently touring around North America in promotion of said album, with upcoming shows at New York’s Brooklyn Steel and Terminal 5 alongside Charlotte Cardin and Mikky Ekko later this month. He’s also scheduled to head to Australia for a brief tour down under this spring before returning to the U.S. just in time for Coachella.

“I had a busted guitar as a kid that didn't really make any pleasant sounds, but I loved the feel of it,” he told AXS about how his love for the instrument began in a recent interview. “It was more of a prop than an instrument. It wasn't until I graduated high school that I started using it for musical purposes, but I discovered the showy aspect is just as important.”

Pre-sale tickets for the show at the Santa Barbara Bowl will be starting this Thursday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. local time, and can be purchased by clicking here.