Singular Artists proudly presents McFly live at 3Arena, Dublin on 18th November 2023. Tickets will cost €44.05 plus booking fee, and will be available here from 9am on June 16th.
Seven No.1 singles. Six albums, two of them chart-toppers. One hiatus. One reunion. Hundreds of shows. Thousands of fans. Millions of streams. Countless awards. After all of that, McFly still have one question for you –
Where Did All The Guitars Go?
Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter are taking things into their own hands in a way they never anticipated. Throwing off the shackles of expectations, focusing on the things they love the most about making music together and delivering their biggest, boldest and most brilliantly noisy statement yet. That statement is McFly’s new album, ‘Power To Play’, released worldwide on Friday 9th June 2023.
An all-out celebration of rock music in all forms, Power To Play takes McFly back to the very reason they started their journey in the first place.
“I think that we have got to a place where we have simplified the process, removed the hurdles and started to write music the way we used to,” Harry smiles.
“We have production talent, songwriting talent, design talent, everything we could ever need in this band. All the possibilities in the world are at our fingertips. By stripping away everything that was extra and setting up as the bare bones of McFly, it allowed us to go and write the best rock songs we could.”
Being able to get back on the road after the pandemic and tour their 2020 album, ‘Young Dumb Thrills’ – their first after a 10 year hiatus – also helped to fuel that creative fire. From packing the Avalon stage to bursting point Glastonbury to surprising pop-punk fans at Slam Dunk Festival, and with a sold-out arena tour across the UK to boot too, through to making their way back over to Brazil for the first time in a decade, every show reminded them why they love this band and the community they have created so much. It also allowed them to focus on their guitars, making their back catalogue sound as fast, fun, and fierce as they possibly could.
The final piece of the puzzle was the realisation that they didn’t owe anything to anybody. Off the back of their reunion in 2019, beautifully chronicled in their 2020 documentary, ‘All About Us’, the four realised how they could live their lives away from McFly in a way that it could be the cherry on top rather than the whole cake.
“We’re a different band now than we were,” Tom says. “We all know there is life outside of McFly now, and when we were young, it consumed our lives so much. It needed to, but it was a lot. Returning to the band after discovering who we are without it, we saw that we are better together. That’s why the band needs to be fun now. It needs to have a reason for us to be together.”
This all culminates in ‘Power To Play’, a record where the fun really is at the forefront. There’s hair metal cheese, glam rock glitter, heavy metal attitude and punk snottiness, all wrapped tightly into a carefree and cartoonish shell. There are hints of Van Halen, Metallica, Poison, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and even a bit of Fugazi thrown in for good measure. Produced by Danny alongside Jason Perry, with help from friends old and new James Bay and Steven Battelle, it is a record built on pure collaboration bringing the best out of everyone.
It is the sound of four best friends being best friends, pushing each other to the limits of their creation and celebrating the results. Playing as loud and lairy as they like and not worrying about the consequences, experimenting with time signatures and song structures that would have terrified the younger versions of themselves and loving every second spent together, the band have never felt this unstoppable.