The band hasn't toured in seven years.
Following the band's own Demon Dayz Festival in the United Kingdom, they will cross the Atlantic to kick off North American shows in Chicago on July 8. The show will feature Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's animated creations - Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D - as well as the live musicians. It's unclear whether they will make any kind of appearance beyond the usual background graphics. We can only assume it's a headlining slot, given the magnitude of the band. "This was a few years in the making, and the timing worked out flawless for their new album and our fifth year of III Points".
The album features a slew of special guests, including Jehnny Beth of Savages, Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle, Noel Gallagher, and Kali Uchis. However, the biggest breakthrough came on the heels of the single "Feel Good Inc.", from 2005's Demon Days, which reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Instructions will be sent by email shortly after ticket purchase.
Speaking of tickets, the ones for the newly-announced dates go on sale this Friday via Gorillaz.com.
The band is the first performer revealed for the official 2017 festival, as the official lineup has not yet been announced.