Ariana Grande announces support act for UK and European ‘Sweetener’ tour

"Honoured and excited to have the beautiful and talented Ella Mai"

Ariana Grande has announced that Ella Mai will join her as a special guest on her upcoming 2019 ‘Sweetener’ UK and European tour.

As well as headlining Manchester Pride this year, Grande will be supporting her acclaimed 2018 album ‘Sweetener‘ with a long run of dates kicking off in London in August and ending in Zurich in December.

Supporting her will be Ella Mai, who previously collaborated with Grande on the song ‘You So Mine’ with Rihanna in January.

Taking to Twitter, Grande said that she was “honoured and excited to have the beautiful and talented Ella Mai” joining her on the dates.

Grande’s full upcoming UK and European tour dates are below.

Saturday August 17 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Monday August 19 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tuesday August 20 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Friday August 23 2019 – AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Saturday August 24 2019 – AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Sunday August 25 2019 – MANCHESTER Mayfield
Tuesday August 27 2019 – PARIS AccorHotels Arena (France)
Wednesday August 28 2019 – PARIS AccorHotels Arena (France)
Friday August 30 2019 – ANTWERP Sportpaleis (Belgium)
Sunday September 1 2019 – COLOGNE Lanxess Arena (Germany)
Tuesday September 3 2019 – VIENNA Stadthalle (Austria)
Thursday September 5 2019 – HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena (Germany)
Sunday September 8 2019 – PRAGUE O2 Arena (Czech Republic)
Monday September 9 2019 – KRAKOW Tauron Arena (Poland)
Wednesday September 11 2019 – AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
​Saturday September 14 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Sunday September 15 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Tuesday September 17 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Thursday September 19 2019 – SHEFFIELD FlyDSA Arena
Sunday September 22 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Monday September 23 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Wednesday September 25 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Saturday September 28 2019 – HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena (Germany)
Tuesday October 1 2019 – COPENHAGEN Royal Arena (Denmark)
Thursday October 3 2019 – OSLO Telenor Arena (Norway)
Saturday October 5 2019 – HELSINKI Hartwall Arena (Finland)
Monday October 7 2019 – STOCKHOLM Ericsson Globe (Sweden)
Thursday October 10 2019 – BERLIN Mercedes Benz Arena (Germany)
Sunday October 13 2019 – ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland)

While rumoured to be launching a new drink with Starbucks, Grande also recently made headlines when she responded to the backlash of the announcement of her headlining Pride in Manchester.

Some fans have questioned whether she, as a straight artist, was the best choice for the slot, while noting that ticket prices had increased by a significant amount. Grande responded to one who suggested it “kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me”.

The singer explained that she had “nothing to do with ticket pricing”, saying Manchester Pride set the rates and that they were “mostly” out of her control.

Grande went on to defend her booking, saying: “The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so so happy. I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me.”

She continued to describe LGBTQ representation as “incredibly important” and said she was “always proud to share the stage” with artists who identified as such.