It all adds up to love for Villagers

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With the release of their third album, Darling Arithmetic, last week, Villagers will be making a stop in Southsea on their current tour.

The follow-up to Becoming A Jackal and Awayland – both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated – is an intimate album entirely about love and relationships.

It was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Conor O’Brien, who is essentially Villagers, in the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin.

It encompasses the various shades of feeling – desire, obsession, lust, loneliness and confusion, and deeper into philosophical and existential territory, across a cast of lovers, friends, family and even strangers.

He is at The Wedgewood Rooms on Thursday, doors open 8pm. Tickets £14. Go to or call (023) 9286 3911.