2014 looks to be a mind-blowingly exciting year for tours. To help plan your year, we’ve picked 30 highlights. Who: Interpol, Royal Blood, Circa Waves, Temples
When: March 18-27.
Where: Glasgow, London and six more
Why: NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas leads with the return of the legendary Interpol supported by exciting young talent.
When: February 23 – March 5.
Where: London; Birmingham; Nottingham; Leeds; Glasgow; Newcastle; Manchester; Bristol.
Why: The Missouri punks played their debut UK show at Download Festival last year before an end-of-year tour with Drenge. They’re more than ready to, in their own words “do something fucking huge”.
Who: Wild Beasts
When: March and April.
Where: Manchester; Glasgow; Dublin; Bristol; Cambridge; London.
Why: The Beasts’ new album ‘Present Tense’ may just be their finest yet – which, considering their back catalogue, is no mean feat. Fingers crossed this’ll be the LP that makes them as beloved by all as they deserve to be.
Who: Danny Brown
When: February 21 – 26.
Where: London; Brighton; Manchester; Dublin; Glasgow.
Why: We described Danny Brown as one of an “emerging generation of free-thinking, leftfield MCs and future-facing rap producers who are intent on revolutionising the form” when his album came out. Time to join the revolution.
When: February and March.
Where: Glasgow; Birmingham; Manchester; London.
Why: The Mrs Carter Show comes to the UK – and now, Beyonce’s got songs from her latest self-titled album to include in her setlist, too. How will her new material fare in some massive stadiums?
When: February 18 – April 26.
Where: Brighton; Bristol; Southampton; Birmingham; Nottingham; Leeds; Manchester; Newcastle; Glasgow; Liverpool; Norwich; London.
Why: Psychedelic mystics Toy proved they were masters of creativity with last album ‘Join The Dots’. It’s sure to be a dream to listen to live.
Where: Birmingham; Glasgow; Bristol; Brighton; London; Stockton; Sheffield.
Why: Fingers-crossed that Eoin and Rory Loveless will already have a clutch of new songs for their headline jaunt – and, even if not, we already know that the sludgy racket of their 2013 debut comes on a treat live, too.
Who: Nine Inch Nails
When: May 18 – 25.
Where: Birmingham; Glasgow; Cardiff; London; Nottingham; Manchester.
Why: Following bone-shaking performances at Reading and Leeds, the Trent Reznor fronted band will tour the UK in the run up to the release of eighth album ‘Hesitation Marks’.
Who: Arcade Fire
When: June 6 – 7.
Where: London’s Earl Court.
Why: How’s this for a Glasto warm-up? As long as you’ve donned your sharpest and smartest clothes, you’ll be able to witness Arcade Fire – one of the most interesting and innovative live bands around – preparing for their headline slot at Worthy Farm this summer.
When: March 13 – 28.
Where: Liverpool; Manchester; Nottingham; Leeds; Glasgow; Birmingham and five more.
Why: Joseph Mount and friends will be bringing their ace new album ‘Love Letters’ to a host of venues this March – and they’ll also be headlining this year’s Field Day festival in London, too.
Who: The Orwells
When: February 20 – March 1.
Where: Birmingham; Leeds; Glasgow; Brighton; Manchester; Bristol.
Why: Expect total chaos when The Orwells visit the UK this year: the hotly-tipped Chicago band’s gigs are usually a sweaty mess of bratty punk, crashing limbs and provocative stage-antics. Who’d want to miss that?
Who: Katy B
When: March 25 – 29.
Where: Brighton; London; Oxford; Birmingham Manchester.
Why: Katy B’s ability to get people dancing is unstoppable, but promising an album that’s down-time ready as well as jammed full of club-classics her latest run of gigs might have an exciting new vibe.
Who: Manic Street Preachers
When: March 28 – April 11.
Where: Leeds, Cardiff; Leicester; Manchester; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Wolverhampton; Bournmout; Brighton; London
Why: Not just a chance to see the legends perform live, the Manic’s will also showcase new material from forthcoming new album ‘Futurology’ on their spring tour.
Who: Bombay Bicycle Club
When: March 2 – 20.
Where: Leeds; Glasgow; Aberdeen; Newcastle; Nottingham; Norwich; Portmouth; Bristol; London; Cardiff; Exeter; Brighton; Manchester.
Why: The darlings of the British festival circuit ditch the muddy-welly scene to fill venues across the country with their sing-a-long anthems.
Who: Arctic Monkeys
When: May 23 – May 24.
Where: Finsbury Park, London.
Why: Can Alex Turner and co emulate last year’s knockout headlining slot at Glastonbury? They’ll have help from some mates, too: Tame Imapala, Miles Kane and Royal Blood have all nabbed support slots.
Who: The Strokes
Where: Governor’s Ball, New York.
Why: The NYC band make their live return this year, playing their first shows in the US since 2011. Could there be a chance of new material? And what will happen when Julian Casablancas also performs as a solo artist on the same bill? Questions, questions.
Who: Azealia Banks
When: March 25 – 29.
Where: Glasgow; Manchester; Birmingham; Brixton.
Why: Last October, the rapper cut a gig short after a fan threw a can at her. Hopefully audience projectiles will be at a minimum when she visits the UK so we can finally hear the long-awaited ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ performed live.
When: February 10 – 12, 2014.
:Where Glasgow; Manchester; London.
:Why: The French classic-pop revivalists bring their stonking ‘Bankrupt!’ album to the UK – let’s hope frontman Thomas Mars’ voice holds up after they were forced to cancel a string of dates last year due to a vocal-related illness.
When: March 4 – 12.
Where: Nottingham; London; Brighton; Manchester; Dublin; Sheffield; Glasgow.
Why: Haim’s plot for world domination will continue next year as they bring ‘Days Are Gone’ back to the UK. But will they have a smattering of new songs when they visit these shores this spring?
Who: Justin Timberlake
When: March 30 – April 11.
Where: Sheffield; London; Glasgow; Manchester; Birmingham.
Why: JT’s killer comeback continues as he returns to the UK with more sexy soulful pop.
When: March 5 – 25.
Where: Dublin; Newcastle; Glasgow; Leeds; Birmingham; Cambridge; Cardiff; London
Why: The Scottish trio’s debut LP, last year’s ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’, was one of the year’s finest: full of smart, sassy and heartfelt pop bangers.
Where: Dublin; Manchester; Glasgow; Birmingham; Newcastle; London.
Why: ‘Holy Fire’ turned Foals into fully-realised live monsters: just witness their triumphant headline performance at last year’s Latitude Festival. A well-deserved victory lap for them, then, when they tour the UK this year.
Who: Earl Sweatshirt
When: March 23 – 26.
Where London; Glasgow; Manchester; Dublin.
Why: The Odd Future man’s 2013 album ‘Doris’ was one of the year’s best rap records, and his shows with Tyler, The Creator under their EarlWolf moniker were some of the most entertaining of last summer. What can he do out on his own?
Where: Coachella, California; Governor’s Ball, New York… and loads more TBC.
Why: Andre 3000 and Big Boi are hitting the road this year for a 40-date festival world tour to “celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique and influential sound”. The hip-hop dup haven’t played live together since 2004.
Who: St Vincent
When: February 20 – 22.
Where: London; Manchester; Dublin.
Why: Annie Clark and David Byrne’s ‘Love This Giant’ show was one of the most intoxicating live experiences imaginable. And given how special the singer’s LP is sounding, the smart money is on her mustering up something equally impressive this February.
Who: Parquet Courts
When: February 14 – 16.
Where: Brighton; Manchester; London.
Why: Parquet Courts caused mayhem at a secret show in London last summer. They crowed their way through a chaotic set as the crowd propelled themselves towards the stage in sweaty, melting mush. We’re hoping for more of the same.
Who: Icona Pop
When: March 22 – 25
Where: Manchester; Glasgow; London
Why: Icona Pop’s uber-catchy single ‘I Love It went to No 1 last year – but can the girls pull off a set that’s as mind-boggling cheerful? We hope so.
Who: Jake Bugg
When: February 16 – 23.
Where: Newcastle; London; Edinburgh; Manchester.
Why: If you missed Jake’s 2013 tour date, there’s no need to panic. He’s back on the road this year with more trickling indie folk.
When: March 5 – 8.
Where: Edinburgh; Manchester; London.
Why: With Disclosure one of the front runners for this year’s Brit, we expect big things from the duo. The lads played with Mary J Blige in New York this week – can we expect surprise guests? We hope so!
Why: Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but Matt Bellamy and co have been hinting that they’ll play together this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary – and that’s a party that no-one in their right mind wants to miss out on, surely…