With a new album coming out this week, Chad Valley‘s lovestruck electropop will wriggle its way into your life. Why not embrace it and see him live in concert? He’ll be kicking off in the northeast, headed south until he hits Miami, then pass through Texas to reach the west coast until he pivots back through the midwest. Thrillcall has some tickets up for grabs at select dates! See the full tour schedule, and how to enter for your chance to win, below.

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Hugo Manuel is better known by his musical alias Chad Valley. A product of Oxford’s prolific creative community, Chad Valley has amassed a catalogue that spans four studio releases, numerous collaborations and dozens of remixes. His 2010 debut — a self-titled exploration in swirling synths and sunburnt melodies — laid the groundwork for 2011’s Equatorial Ultravox, which gave his downtempo productions a decidedly more pop-leaning twist. It was with Equatorial Ultravox that Chad Valley’s profile sprung forward, strengthened by a string of key touring slots supporting the likes of Erasure, CHVRCHES, Twin Shadow, Active Child  and Passion Pit.

On the back of his sophomore LP, Entirely New Blue, Manuel continued touring extensively and it was during this time that the wheels of a new Chad Valley album were put into motion, amid an unfortunate setback. While in Texas with Shallou and Blackbird Blackbird, their van was broken into, and everyone’s equipment and personal possessions — including Manuel’s laptop, which contained the bulk of a new album — were stolen. Thanks to the generosity of fans, the tour continued with borrowed gear, but the music was unrecoverable.

Manuel eventually returned home to Oxford where he started writing the record from scratch. But instead of trying to recreate the lost material, Manuel took a concept-driven approach, opposed to his traditional autobiographical method. In seeking to understand the art and secret of timeless pop music, a new album — Imaginary Music — emerged. Sonically, the record channels the hyper-romantic music of the 80s, citing inspiration in China Crisis and Prefab Sprout, as well as less esoteric and more bombastic artists like Toto and Heart. Unlike the guest-laden Young Hunger and co-produced Entirely New Blue, the making of the album was an almost completely solitary exercise (save for the ethereal vocals of Katherine Robertson on “Impartial”), allowing Manuel to fully embody the imagined pop artist in his mind’s eye. Imaginary Music includes the previously released singles “Up Again” and “LA in August,” both of which bolster one of the strongest batches of material Chad Valley has yet delivered. (source: Cascine)

Find tickets to any of the shows below by clicking the links. Offers are available for shows listed in red; users on mobile will be redirected to the entry page, while users on desktop can enter by clicking Get Offer on the event pages. Follow the prompts to enter. We will email you if you have won!

Chad Valley Tour

5/25 – Zone One at Elsewhere @ Brooklyn, NY
5/26 – MilkBoy @ Philadelphia, PA
5/27 – Black Cat @ Washington, DC
5/29 – The Pinhook @ Durham, NC
5/30 – The Masquerade @ Atlanta, GA
5/31 – Will’s Pub @ Orlando, FL
6/1 – The Standard Spa @ Miami Beach, FL
6/2 – Crowbar @ Tampa, FL
6/4 – Gasa Gasa @ New Orleans, LA
6/5 – White Oak Music Hall @ Houston, TX
6/6 – Club Dada @ Dallas, TX
6/7 – Mohawk @ Austin, TX
6/8 – Paper Tiger @ San Antonio, TX
6/9 – The Lowbrow Palace @ El Paso, TX
6/11 – Valley Bar @ Phoenix, AZ
6/12 – Firecreek Coffee Company @ Flagstaff, AZ
6/13 – Artisan Las Vegas @ Las Vegas, NV
6/14 – Soda Bar @ San Diego, CA
6/16 – Bottom of the Hill @ San Francisco, CA
6/18 – Kilby Court @ Salt Lake City, UT
6/19 – Larimer Lounge @ Denver, CO
6/21 – First Avenue & 7th St Entry @ Minneapolis, MN
6/22 – Beat Kitchen @ Chicago, IL
6/23 – Deluxx Fliuxx @ Detroit, MI
6/24 – The Baby G @ Toronto, ON, Canada
6/26 – Quai des Brumes @ Montreal, QC, Canada
6/27 – Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub @ Cambridge, MA
8/23 – HiFi Music Hall @ Eugene, OR
8/24 – Doug Fir Lounge @ Portland, OR
8/26 – Chop Suey @ Seattle, WA
8/27 – Fox Cabaret @ Vancouver, BC, Canada
8/29 – The Hifi Club @ Calgary, AB, Canada
8/31 – Amigos Cantina @ Saskatoon, SK, Canada
9/1 – The Handsome Daughter @ Winnipeg, MB, Canada
9/4 – recordBar @ Kansas City, MO
9/5 – The High Watt @ Nashville, TN
9/6 – The White Rabbit Cabaret @ Indianapolis, IN

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