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Crack out the hairspray because A Flock Of Seagulls are a flock once more. The band have reunited to record a new album, Ascension, which is released on 29 June. The 12-track album features new renditions of some of their greatest hits, re-recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

The group have toured with only Mike Score in their ranks, but this is the first time his brother Ali (drums), Frank Maudsley (bass) and guitarist Paul Reynolds have joined forces in more than 30 years. A few special events/shows are expected to follow.

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