Patti Smith announces UK tour – ticket details

Punk legend will tour UK after release of 10th studio album 'Banga' in June

Patti Smith has announced details of a UK tour following the release of her new album ‘Banga’ on June 4.

It is the singer’s first album since her 2007 covers record ‘Twelve’ and her first record of original material since 2004’s ‘Trampin’. 


In an interview with the BBC this morning, Smith said she could not take credit for her debut ‘Hey Joe/Piss Factory’ being the first punk rock record, as is often cited.

“To me punk rock is a frame of mind,” she said. “I think of Mozart as punk rock. I think of Rimbaud being punk rock. The MC5 and The Stooges…those laurels don’t really belong to anybody.”

She also praised Adele as “this very unassuming young girl who’s got one of the most unique and strongest voices in the world”.

‘Banga’ was recorded at Electric Lady studios in New York, where Smith recorded her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1974. She has kept most of the original backing band of her debut including Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye.

Television frontman Tom Verlaine and the Smith’s son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris appear as guests on the album.

The album’s fourth track ‘This Is The Girl’ has been written in tribute to Amy Winehouse, while second track ‘Fuji-san’ is dedicated to the people of Japan in the wake of last year’s earthquake.

Patti Smith will play:

Newcastle O2 Academy (September 4)
Glasgow O2 ABC (5)
Manchester Academy (7)
Leeds O2 Academy (9)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (10)
Brighton Dome (12)
London Troxy (13)

Tickets go onsale on Friday (April 20) at 9am (GMT) with a presale to fans via her website on Wednesday (April 18). To check the availability of Patti Smith Tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

These shows are in addition to the live dates in June which have already been announced:

Wolverhampton Civic
 (June 25)
Cardiff Coal Exchange
 (26)
Bath Forum (28)

Hop Farm Festival, Tonbridge (30)