Back in 2001, underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere first unveiled Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP’s as a compilation of Ford One, Ford Two, and The Lucy EP. The project proved seminal for the group as audiences have clamored for an official vinyl release for years. Finally, they unveiled Lucy Ford on vinyl for the first time in celebration of the 20th year anniversary via Rhymesayers Entertainment. When announced, the exclusive vinyl variant, limited to 1000 colored copies, was sold-out within hours! Don’t worry, the standard version on black 2xLP vinyl is widely available today!

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Furthermore, Pitchfork hailed it as “a stark slice of modern Americana,” and FACT went as far as to name it one of “The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records Of All Time,” but Ambrosia For Heads summed it up best as “dark, irreverent, and highly personal.” Tracks like “The Woman With the Tattooed Hands” and “Nothing But Sunshine” showed Slug was equally as talented at poignant storytelling as he was at conveying deeper messages of humanity, while songs like “Don’t Ever Fucking Question That” and “Like Today” stripped away any character facade, allowing listeners to know the rapper on a more intimate level. And while Ant handled the lion’s share of the album’s production, showing his ability to bring the emotional essence out of a beat—from the idyllic to the incensed—Lucy Ford was unique in that there were notable contributions from outside producers as well, including the dub-inspired “Free or Dead” by Jel, and the darkly optimistic “Nothing But Sunshine” by Moodswing9, among others. Since being introduced to streaming platforms, “The Woman With The Tattooed Hands,” “Don’t Ever Fucking Question That,” and “Guns and Cigarettes” have racked up millions of plays as fan favorites.

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Looking to attend an Atmosphere performance? They will be back on the road today, Friday May 27, at California Roots Festival in Monterey CA. Atmosphere continues by hitting the stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee WI on June 25, leading into their co-headlining tour with Iration that kicks off on July 8 in Las Vegas NV. Along the way, they’ll make festival stops at Reggae Rise Up – MarylandReggae On the Way in Tacoma WA, and Terptown Throwdown in Spencer MA. Atmosphere finishes summer 2022 by headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison CO, August 28.

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Full list of tour/festival dates below.


Friday, May 27                Monterey, CA @ California Roots Festival –
Saturday, June 25           Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest (headlining) –
Friday, July 8                   Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center*
Saturday, July 9              San Diego, CA @ San Diego Bayfest +
Sunday, July 10               Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre*
Tuesday, July 12              Flagstaff, AZ @ Fort Tuthill Park – Pepsi Amphitheater*
Wednesday, July 13        Albuquerque, NM @ Downtown Albuquerque*
Friday, July 15                  Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum*
Saturday, July 16              Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater*
Sunday, July 17                Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion*
Tuesday, July 19               Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern*
Thursday, July 21             Saint Augustine, FL @ The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre*
Friday, July 22                   Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater*
Saturday, July 23              St. Petersburg, FL @ Spa Beach Park*
Sunday, July 24                 Cocoa, FL @ Cocoa Riverfront Park*
Tuesday, July 26                Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station*
Thursday, July 28               Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater*
Friday, July 29              Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Saturday, July 30                Baltimore, MD @ Reggae Rise Up – Maryland +
Sunday, July 31                  Portsmouth, VA @ Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion*
Tuesday, August 2              Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall*
Thursday, August 4             Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point*
Friday, August 5                  Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage*
Saturday, August 6             New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17*
Thursday, August 11           Casper, WY @ The Gaslight Social*
Friday, August 12                Billings, MT @ ZooMontana*
Saturday, August 13            Spokane, WA @ Pavilion at Riverfront*
Sunday, August 14              Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater *
Wednesday, August 17       Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden *
Thursday, August 18           Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater*
Saturday, August 20            Spencer, MA @ Terptown Throwdown (headlining)*
Sunday August 21               Tacoma, WA @ Reggae On the Way +
Wednesday, August 24        Fresno, CA @ Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park*
Thursday, August 25            Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl*
Friday, August 26                 Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre*
Sunday, August 28               Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Friday, October 7                  Las Vegas, NV @ Reggae On the Way +

–  Festival Performance
^ Atmosphere Headlining Tour Date
+ Festival “Performance w/ Atmosphere + Iration
*  Co-Heading Tour Date w/ Iration “Sunshine & Summer Nights”

More About Atmosphere:
For over two decades, Atmosphere has maintained a course of rigorous output, releasing over two dozen studio albums, EP’s and collaborative side projects in as many years. In that time, the venerated duo have built a legacy out of bringing honesty, humility and vulnerability to the forefront of their music, continually challenging themselves to evolve without straying too far from their roots. Slug has proven masterful at storytelling and writing compelling narratives, leaving a trail of his own influence while paying homage to the rappers and songwriters that helped shape him. Ant has skillfully molded the soundtracks with inspiration from soul, funk, rock, reggae, and the wizardry of hip-hop’s pioneering DJ’s and producers, creating his own trademark sounds while providing the pulse for songs about life, love, stress and setbacks. At its essence, Atmosphere has been a musical shepherd, and with each new album comes a new journey as they guide generations of listeners through this thing called life.

Lucy Ford Press Photo (Credit: Amahl Grant)