Royal Blood (October)
Summer might be still be in full swing but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your autumn music fun times. Here’s 26 tours to look out for starting with Brighton duo Royal Blood. Their UK tour dates sold out in two minutes.
The Kooks (November)
Brighton four-piece The Kooks will be embarking on a huge UK tour to promote their fourth studio album ‘Listen’, including the gospel-choir driven ‘Around Town’: a far different and more diverse effort than their previous work, and one that’ll be intriguing to see live.
Not so much a tour, but the former Smiths man will be making a much anticipated appearance at the huge O2 Arena in London at the end of November. He will be playing songs from his 10th studio album, ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, which NME gave a 9/10. Let the gladioli swing!
Bombay Bicycle Club (December)
“After years of chopping and changing, Bombay Bicycle Club have finally found an iteration worth sticking with,” wrote NME’s Barry Nicolson on BBC’s fourth studio album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Bringing Peace and Sivu to join them, the London band will end their tour at London’s Earl Court Arena on December 13.
Superfood and Honeyblood (October – November)
Starring in NME’s own New Breed Tour, Birmingham band Superfood and Glasgow duo Honeyblood will be playing alongside a series of NME-picked local bands for the nine date tour. “We can’t wait to get out there and play with them,” said Honeyblood singer Stina Tweeddale. Let the chaos begin!
Kasabian (November – December) Kasabian have had quite a year. ‘48:13’ reached No 1 and they headlined Glastonbury Festival accompanied by Noel Fielding. Starting in Glasgow, the Leicester lads will play all over the country.
Alt-J (October and November)
Mercury prizewinners Alt-J will be heading out on tour this autumn to play out their second album, ‘This Is All Yours’. Will Miley Cyrus make an appearance? She’s featured on the album’s first single ‘Hunger Of The Pine. Either way all ears will be on the now three-piece to see if new music can live up to ‘An Awesome Wave’.
The National (November)
Back in 2013 The National scored a 8/10 from NME for ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, their most personal album yet. The Ohio band will touch down in the UK this autumn during their world tour to play London’s O2 Arena with support from Wild Beasts.
Jake Bugg (September and October)
Recently stating that he ‘hates’ festivals, Jake Bugg will be swerving the epic summer stages this year and making himself comfortable at Alexandra Palace among other venues this autumn.
Sharon Van Etten (November)
Sharon Van Etten will be kicking off the UK stint of her tour in Manchester Cathedral this November. The singer songwriter’s latest LP ‘Are We There’ was released in May and our NME reviewer wrote, “Van Etten tackles heartache with refreshing sharpness, distilling complex sentiments into something beautifully simple.”
Jungle (October and November)
Since going viral with their single ‘Platoon’, which now has close to one million views on YouTube, Jungle have become one of the most-hyped bands in Britain. You can catch the Radar favourites on tour from October but of you can’t wait that long they’ll play the Camden Roundhouse for the iTunes festival in September.
Jack White (November)
The erstwhile White Stripes front man has found his feet as a solo artist. Since releasing solo album ‘Lazaretto’, Jack White played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and garnered rave reviews at London shows. He’s now announced a UK arena tour.
Kate Bush (August – October)
OK, so it’s a residency at the Hammersmith Apollo instead of a tour, but it’s perhaps the most anticipated live experience of the century. Kate Bush’s only tour was in 1979 and her fans have longed to see her ever since. A whopping 22 dates in autumn will fulfil those dreams.
Pharrell Williams (October)
The former NERD-frontman-turned-superproducer will bring his irritating head gear and song of the year, ‘Happy’, to the O2 Arena in October during his European tour.
Ty Segall (November)
‘Manipulator’, Ty Segall’s upcoming album out at the end of August, should figure prominently at the trio of shows announced in Manchester, Leeds and London. The prolific Californian has released eight solo album so he’s certainly got plenty of material to choose from.
Glasvegas (September, October and December)
“The new album is a bold statement of intent and hope, packed with the same heart and turmoil that have become the band’s bruised trademark,” said NME’s review of the Scottish band’s latest album ‘Later, When the TV Turns to Static’. You can catch them across the UK this autumn.
Kate Tempest (November)
Award-winning artist and poet Kate Tempest is hitting the road in November to support her debut album ‘Everybody Down’ released earlier this year. Tempest will play shows in Sheffield, Manchester, London, Bristol, Brighton and Norwich throughout November.
Gruff Rhys (September)
Ex-Super Furry Animals lead singer Gruff Rhys is heading back out on tour to promote his recent solo album ‘American Interior’. The Welsh rocker is playing a host of intimate venues including Woodlands Church in Bristol.
The Libertines (September)
Kings of 00s indie with a writing partnership as volatile as Liam and Noel Gallagher, The Libertines are back on the road. Well, to London. They’ll play three dates at the end of September at Alexandra Palace.
The Jesus and Mary Chain (November)
Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain will be playing a host of UK gigs this autumn. The dates will be played in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of the bands iconic 1985 album ‘Psychocandy’ which they will be performing in full.
Rumoured to be their final tour, the post-punk geniuses will play the hits as well as tracks from new album ‘Ghosts Of Download’, if recent setlists are anything to go by. Alongside ‘Blondie 4(0) Ever’ there’s no doubt Blondie will also be banging out the classics. You can see them in Bristol and Leicester at the end of August.
Black Lips (November)
Atlanta rockers will be playing London’s Scala as well as venues in Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield and more this autumn to promote recent album ‘Underneath The Rainbow.’
Band Of Skulls (October)
“Having spent a considerable amount of time following 2012’s ‘Sweet Sour’ supporting Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse in some of the world’s vaster enormodomes, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Band Of Skulls have returned with an album that sounds confident enough to fill those venues themselves,” predicted Lisa Wright in her NME review.
Frank Turner (September)
It’s infectious folk-punk for all this autumn as the relentlessly gigging Frank Turner heads out on tour to do the rounds on his well-blazed UK circuit.
The Gaslight Anthem (November)
The four-piece punk rockers from New Jersey will head out on a UK tour this year to play out the band’s fifth full-length studio album, ‘Get Hurt’, released August 2014. The’ll wind up in Birmingham at the end of November.
British Sea Power (October – November)
Indie rockers British Sea Power will play a five-date autumn tour of the UK. The ‘Sea of Brass’ tour will launch with a special show at the Durham International Festival.
The Ordinary Boys (November)
The Worthing band will kick off their tour in Manchester and finish in Southampton following their reformation in June 2014. Expect high-energy and plenty of tracks from the new, as of yet untitled, album.
The Ska maniacs are back again playing an arena tour through out November and December. Always good value.
Radar favourite Slaves are lo-fi punk duo Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent. They were one of the best things we saw at SXSW this year so you should definitely check them out. They play through August into September.
The Specials (November)
Another Ska sensation, The Specials are back to play the London Roundhouse, Brighton Dome and other UK venues through November.
The Vibrators (December)
Classic British punk rock band are on the road in December playing tracks that go back as far as 1976. Expect a raucous racket to put new punks to shame.