THE Magic Numbers will complete a hattrick of Pocklington gigs by playing Pocklington Arts Centre on May 30.

The London band of two pairs of brothers and sisters, Romeo and Michele Stodart and Sean and Angela Gannon, performed previous Pock concerts at the arts centre in 2013 and the Platform Festival, at the Old Station, in 2015. "They got in touch with us direct about coming back as they'd enjoyed their previous visits so much," says arts centre assistant manager James Duffy.

The Magic Numbers released their new single, Sweet Divide, today and their fifth studio album, Outsiders, will follow on May 11 on Role Play Records.

"I never wanted to be a part of anything, the cool kids at school, the pretend outlaws," says Romeo. "I was always an outsider, we’ve always been an outsider band. We don’t fit in, never have and never will. Especially now.

"As you get older, you realise your strength in not giving a ****. You realise what you’ve been trying to do your whole life. Create something that’s yours, your own world, your own views, make something special, start your own gang but always be YOU within it. Don’t conform. Don’t fall in line. Be free. Be inspired. Inspire. Live and Love."

Outsiders marks the return of the Mercury Prize-nominated and platinum-selling quartet from Hanwell, London, after a four-year hiatus since 2014's Atlas. The album is fired by a renewed sense of purpose, immediately apparent on Sweet Divide, where their melodic facility is bolstered by a new-found, grittier sensibility.

Since forming in 2002, The Magic Numbers have released their self-titled debut in 2005; Those The Brokes in 2006, The Runaway in 2010 and Atlas in 2014.

The Stodarts have lent a hand to multiple projects, including releases from Jane Birkin, Spiritualized, Chemical Brothers, Kathryn Williams and Ed Harcourt, plus Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, while Michele Stodart has made two solo albums, Wide-Eyed Crossing in 2012 and Pieces in 2016, as well as duetting with Conor O’Brien of Villagers along the way.

Pocklington will be one of 25 dates in May and June, with further Yorkshire gigs at Leeds Brudenell Social Club on May 29 and Hebden Bridge Trades Club on May 31.

Tickets for May 30 are on sale on 01759 301547 or at