Daft Punk tour 2018: is it happening?
From mysterious disappearing websites to April Fools’ Day pranks, the Internet is buzzing with rumours that Daft Punk are due return to the stage for 2018 concerts.
Here’s the truth about Daft Punk’s rumoured comeback tour…
Will there be a Daft Punk tour 2018?
The biggest piece of evidence to suggest Daft Punk concerts are coming is a cryptic website that mysteriously vanished as quickly as it emerged.
The site - which appeared in early October 2016 - was no more than a blank page with the lone word “Alive” (the name of Daft Punk’s previous two tours). The site’s source code contained geographic coordinates which fans believed were the sites of upcoming Daft Punk concerts in Paris, Los Angeles, London, New York, Tokyo, São Paulo, Ibiza and Indio (the site of Coachella festival).
Eagle-eyed fans also spotted a countdown timer upon zooming in on the "I". It was set for a "wake date" of October 27, 2016 when fans expected the Daft Punk tour to be announced. But nothing happened.
One Reddit user was keen to debunk the website as fake, saying, “I've been doing web hosting for around 20 years.
“Based on five minutes of poking at their domain setup and IP space, this website has nothing to do with the infrastructure hosting daftpunk.com and looks very amateur, while daftpunk.com looks very professional.”
The site was taken down and Daft Punk have said nothing about the meaning of the website.
Around the same time, rumours also surfaced that Daft Punk would be playing Glastonbury (which proved false) and a site tag “Daft Punk” had been created for Lollapalooza’s website, which suggested the duo would be making an appearance (it has since been removed).
Around New Year’s Day 2017, a reported “leaked trailer” surfaced online, but having not originated from Daft Punk’s official YouTube page, is also likely to be a hoax.
Adding further fuel to the rumours, Daft Punk set up a pop-up shop in Hollywood in February 2017, which displayed memorabilia, artwork and some of the duo’s robotic costumes. A huge campaign with retro-style posters was launched for the merchandise store on the official Daft Punk website in 2015 and Christmas merchandise including tree decorations appeared in late 2017.
Later in 2017, fans thought their prayers had been answered when Mixmag reported that Daft Punk were to embark on a full 25-date world tour. But in their excitement, concert-goers failed to realise the date was April 1 (April Fools’ Day) and that the venues posted were made up, such as “Mentiroso” (Spanish for “liar”) and “Club Falso”.
The cheeky post even featured a “quote” from Daft Punk, stating, “Over the last 10 years the Daft Punk sound has become much more instrumental. We will be performing with a full live band on all dates and have asked the most illustrious musicians in the world to come with us.
“Each show will be presented in 4D sound: this version of Daft Punk will be so real that you will be able to see, hear, touch and taste us.”
The website even displayed a mock-up poster for the tour.
An announcement for a 2016/2017 tour would have followed the pattern of a ten-year gap between Daft Punk tours, with the previous two taking place in 1997 and 2006/2007.
The rumours and pranks have proved there is certainly a strong demand for a Daft Punk tour. Fans are suggesting that all this activity is an attempt to test the viability of a huge world tour, which they might have considered difficult to assess considering the pair hasn't toured in 10 years.
If a Daft Punk Alive 2018 is announced, you can be sure tickets will sell out fast.
So what have Daft Punk been up to?
It’s not like Daft Punk have completely dropped off the map. Since their last tour in 2007, the ‘Around The World’ hitmakers have released a studio album, as well as a soundtrack album for science-fiction sequel ‘Tron: Legacy’.
The duo’s most recent studio album ‘Random Access Memories’ - released in 2013 - was a smash hit, with both the album and single ‘Get Lucky’ cleaning up at the Grammy Awards.
In 2016, Daft Punk worked with The Weeknd on chart-topping single ‘Starboy’ and 'I Feel It Coming'. Initially, the Canadian singer had been invited to Daft Punk’s French studio to work on the latter track. However, The Weeknd overheard another beat Daft Punk had been working on and insisted he write lyrics for it, which formed the beginning of ‘Starboy’.
Daft Punk performed live with The Weeknd at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017. The pair also recently worked with Australian group Parcels on the track ‘Overnight’.
UPDATE: The Weeknd's new EP 'My Dear Melancholy' - released on March 30 - featured a surprise producer credit.
Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo - better known as one half of Daft Punk alongside Thomas Bangalter - is listed as a writer and producer on track 'Hurt You'. Could this new collaboration mean the electro duo are ready to step back into the spotlight?
For more on Daft Punk, check out the recent BBC documentary 'Daft Punk Unchained' which delves into the profound effect the duo has had on the world of dance music. It's now available on Netflix.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on Daft Punk’s tour plans in 2018.