The former Blur guitarist hits the road twice in quick succession...

Graham Coxon has announced details of two tours to coincide with the release of his new album.

Released in May, ‘Happiness In Magazines’ will be preceded by a single, ‘Freakin’ Out’, on March 8.

Graham Coxon said of the album: “I’m very pleased with it. It sounds like a lot of the music I’ve liked through my lifetime. I just thought of the album title last week; there was one daft working title called ‘No More Mr Lo Fi’, but that was a giggle really.”

Graham Coxon plays a string of low-key UK dates in March, calling at:

Stoke Sugarmills (March 9)

Bristol Firkin (10)

Bedford Esquires (11)

York Fibbers (12)

This jaunt is then followed by a full-scale UK and Irish tour beginning in May, visiting:

Manchester Academy 3 (May 20)

Liverpool Academy 2 (21)

Newcastle Northumbria University (24)

Edinburgh Venue (25)

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (26)

Sheffield Leadmill (28)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (29)

Birmingham Academy (30)

Cardiff Engine Rooms (June 2)

Oxford Zodiac (3)

Brighton Concorde 2 (6)

Norwich Waterfront (7)

London Electric Ballroom (8)

Dublin Village (10)

Belfast Limelight (11)

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