Something memorable happened on January 20th 1986 at the intimate Alice in Winderland club in London. I don’t know how many people were there to witness it, but so began the career of legendary goth rockers The Mission. Now, 30 years on, the band have just announced their most extensive and ambitious tour since their reformation in 2011 for October, and with it comes a new studio album.

As singer Wayne Hussey puts it ’30 bloody years! Who would’ve thought it, eh? As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first. I seem to remember Mick was the favourite with yours truly running a close 2nd. Well, we’re still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It’s cheaply given, in my opinion, but we’ll take it.

I seriously never thought I’d see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for them as much as it is for our retirement funds”.

Right now there is an exclusive ticket pre sale at http://the-mission.tmstor.es , which includes a free download of ‘Father’ by Wayne Hussey.

The Mission UK and Ireland Tour dates
October
Sat 1st Dublin O2 Academy
Sun 2nd Belfast Limelight
Mon 3th Glasgow O2 ABC
Wed 5th Manchester O2 Ritz
Thu 6th Nottingham Rock City
Fri 7th Bristol O2 Academy
Sat 8th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
November
Sat 5th Whitby Goth Weekend

There are VIP experience packages for all UK and European shows available from the-mission.tmstor.es

The limited bundle package includes:
– Exclusive Tour T-Shirt
– Laminate & Lanyard
– A3 Signed Poster
– Attend Sound Check
– Front Of Queue Access With Laminate

On January 25th tickets go on general sale from Ticketmaster and all usual outlets.