Rihanna announces Anti World Tour featuring six UK dates

The Weeknd and Big Sean will support in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry, Cardiff, Sunderland and Dublin in June 2016

Rihanna has announced an extensive ‘Antiworld Tour’, kicking off in February and arriving in the UK in June of 2016.

The Weeknd and Big Sean will support Rihanna on all European dates, while Travis Scott will guest on the North American leg.

The UK and Ireland tour dates for 2016 are as follows:

Ricoh Arena, Coventry (June 14)
The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (June 16)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland (June 18)
Aviva Stadium, Dublin (June 21)
Wembley Stadium, London (June 24)
Hampden Park, Glasgow (June 27)
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (June 29)

‘Anti’, Rihanna’s 8th album, is expected to be released via Tidal this Friday (November 27), with a wider release across other formats reportedly due on December 4.

The singer posted a new video on Instagram alongside a link to last week. The website features the phrase “Patience. You’ll hear her voice when it’s time” on the homepage and links to an Instagram account called “iamthekeyholder” featuring drawings of young Rihanna in cities around the world. Keys are believed to be hidden at each location, which unlock more images.

The Samsung logo is displayed on the website. It was recently reported that Rihanna had secured a $25m (£16m) deal with Samsung that will see the consumer tech giant sponsoring ‘Anti’, as well as this accompanying tour.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Rihanna revealed that she had not finished work on her new album but promised she will deliver “something great” for fans eager to hear new music.

Speculation has been rife about the singer’s forthcoming album, with singles ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and ‘American Oxygen’ both released earlier this year, as was her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, ‘FourFiveSeconds’.

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