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Band’s first show in Greece since 2006

The iconic British rock band, Duran Duran, has been unveiled as the headliners for the 2024 edition of the Release Athens festival. The announcement comes off the heels of the band's critically acclaimed new gothic-themed album, DANSE MACABRE (Tape Modern / BMG Rights Management).

The band is set to take the main stage at one of the most important summer music events in Greece, hosted mainly in Plateia Nerou, a beautiful open-air venue, right by the sea, within minutes of downtown Athens, on Thursday July 18. Tickets for the festival will be available for purchase starting Monday, January 15 at 11:00 am CET here.

With extroversion and optimism as its main mottos, against the turbulent times where the festival took its form, Release Athens rejuvenated the local entertainment scene, believing in the liberating power of music – from which, after all, it took its name — providing the perfect stage for Duran Duran to showcase their ground-breaking sound and style, both of which have consistently pushed the boundaries of music, fashion, and art throughout their illustrious career.

DANSE MACABRE follows a wave of landmark achievements for Duran Duran. Their 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame marked yet another career peak with the year already having seen the band headline Londons Hyde Park, perform at the Queens Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, close the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in their home town of Birmingham, and a headline tour across North America which included sold out shows at New Yorks Madison Square Garden and three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.

Duran Duran has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, in addition to scoring 21 Top 20 UK hits. Their numerous awards and accolades include eight Lifetime Achievement Awards, two GRAMMY® Awards, two Ivor Novellos, two BRIT Awards (including Outstanding Contribution to Music” in 2004), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They penned the only James Bond theme to reach #1 in the US, while David Lynch directed their outstanding concert film (Duran Duran: Unstaged”) in 2014.

You can hear their music sampled in songs by everyone from The Notorious B.I.G. to 5 Seconds of Summer and in reverent covers by Muse, Deftones, and more. "Rio" has claimed spots on Qs 100 Greatest British Albums,” NMEs 100 Greatest Albums of All Time,” and Pitchforks Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.” Summing up their enduring impact, Vanity Fair proclaimed, Duran Durans always been about constant innovation and the new.” Given a penchant and flair for fashion, rock music never looked the same after their emergence either. Their impact as style icons has been well-documented.

The Release Athens announcement follows a huge year of live activity for Duran Duran, including sold-out arena shows across the UK, Ireland, North America and Canada. The performances continued the bands acclaimed FUTURE PAST tour and were feverishly received, described as at royalty status” by The Times, decadent and bombastic” by The Telegraph, a first-class and commanding performance” by CLASH, and national treasures” by The Spectator. 

Tickets for Release Athens go on sale on Monday, January 15 at 11:00 am CET. Also, limited VIP tickets are available. This category includes the following privileged benefits: Separate raised area with stands & stools for everyone, open-bar, priority access to the venue, private parking, separate toilets, festival souvenir.

Tickets Available:

By Phone: at 211770000

For all information (tickets, timetable, access etc.) visit releaseathens.gr