Now we’re half way through the year, what are the amazing tours still to come in 2015? Here’s 28 acts we can’t wait to catch at UK venues this summer and beyond…
1Florence And The Machine
Florence And The Machine: Florence Welch and co will be giving new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ the stadium treatment starting from September, as they hit the road for gigs in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham. The live stint will conclude with four dates at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Perfume Genius: Singer Mike Hadreas will be in the UK for a one-off show on June 10 at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Fragile, heartbreaking but righteously defiant, it’s sure to be one of the year’s finest – if only there were more, eh?
Taylor Swift: The world’s biggest and most beloved popstar is bringing the huge ‘1989’ to the UK this summer: she’s going to be playing in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Dublin from June 23.
Sleaford Mods: The UK’s angriest, spittle-flecked duo, the marvellous Sleaford Mods, will hit the road this September in support of forthcoming new album ‘Key Markets’. The pair will play shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London and Newcastle, among others.
The 1975: After teasing fans with hints of a split only to reveal they were just tweaking their identity for artistic rebirth instead, The 1975 gear up for a headline tour this November. The band are currently working on their second studio album.
Swim Deep: The Birmingham band are currently working on their second album and will be on tour later this year, too, starting in Sheffield on October 10 and ending with a show at London’s Roundhouse on October 22. They’re also set to headline NME Sounds Of The Summer with Austin, Texas on June 19, with a free show at at London Fields Brewery.
Beach House: ‘Depression Cherry’ might not sound like the recipe for a night on the tiles, but Beach House’s latest is sure to be an amazing experience live. Catch the US duo when they play in Belfast, Dublin Vicar Street, Glasgow, Manchester Ritz and London this September.
The Wombats: With new album ‘Glitterbug’ now under their belts, The Wombats will play a string of gigs from September which include a show at Alexandra Palace, which will be their biggest London concert to date.
Slayer: Metal legends taking the UK by storm? Sounds good to us: the mighty Slayer return to the UK in November with new album ‘Repentless’ in tow as they play shows in Newport, Plymouth, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and London.
The Prodigy: The krakens are awake, and have pity on anyone who stands in their way. The Prodigy will kick off their UK tour at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on November 24, heading to Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Dublin, Belfast and Birmingham, before finishing at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 4. And, what’s more, they’ll be joined by hip-hop legends Public Enemy, too…
11Catfish And The Bottlemen
Catfish And The Bottlemen: Can anything stop Catfish And The Bottlemen? Van McCann and his bandmates will be hoping not as they look to finish 2015 in the best form possible with an October and November tour that will take them from Exeter to Southampton with stops at Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh, among others, along the way.
Slaves: Will you be satisfied if you stump up for a ticket? Let’s hope so, as the raucous Slaves prepare to tour the UK again. The Tunbridge Wells duo have a number of headline shows scheduled for November, including gigs in Bristol, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and London.
Django Django: The Scottish troop, fresh from releasing one of the year’s most eclectic albums to date, ‘Born Under Saturn’, take their fun dance-pop on the road in December. Following a series of festival dates this summer including Latitude and Reading & Leeds, they will stop off in Derry, Glasgow and Manchester, among others.
Genghar: Following the launch of their debut album, ‘A Dream Outside’, and a few dates supporting Alvvays, the Londoners will really hit their stride in October, playing 13 dates from Bristol to Newcastle and everywhere in between. Fill my gums with blood indeed.
Blur: Blur’s imminent tour takes in Glasgow, Blackpool and – of course – Llandudno, before the band headline the Isle of Wight Festival and Hyde Park’s British Summer Time. If fans are lucky the band might even bring along their Magic Whip ice cream truck.
Bob Dylan: Off the back of his latest Number One album ‘Shadows In The Night’, Dylan is on a European show streak throughout October and November. He kicks off his UK dates with five shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, before heading to Manchester, Cardiff and Southampton.
Courtney Barnett: The Melbourne singer-songwriter brings the withering wit and grungy tunes from latest album – ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ – to the UK in November and December. She will take in Prestatyn, Bristol and Wolverhampton along the way, promising shows that are anything but pedestrian.
18Tobias Jesso Jr.
Tobias Jesso Jr.: The Canadian’s debut studio album, ‘Goon’, proved in March that there’s more to sad piano than meets the eye. He plays seven dates in the UK and Ireland this November, stopping off at Brighton, Nottingham and Leeds along the way.
Wolf Alice: Following the release of the North London quartet’s ‘100 per cent not grunge’ album, ‘My Love Is Cool’ later this month, the band start their biggest UK tour to date in September. See them at the Birmingham Institute, the Manchester Albert Hall or Brixton Academy, among others.
Circa Waves: The four chirpy Liverpudlians begin their UK tour well after t-shirt weather has ended, in October. The UK dates catch them in form, off the back of a stint in the US: catch them in cities including Glasgow, Leeds and Oxford before they head off to mainland Europe.
Hot Chip: Along with touring member Sarah Jones, of New Young Pony Club, Hot Chip are all over the festival circuit this summer showcasing material from ‘Why Make Sense?’, an album that marked a change in approach from the electro six-piece. Catch them and their huarache lights in cities including Portsmouth, Cambridge and Glasgow this October.
Sufjan Stevens: Sufjan’s latest album, ‘Carrie and Lowell’, was a complete about-face after the apocalyptic ‘Age of Adz’. Late August and early September sees him bring his tender, melancholy account of grief to UK audiences for the first time in Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Brighton and Bristol.
Speedy Ortiz: Massachusetts indie four-piece bring their triumphant third LP, ‘Foil Deer’, to UK shores for a seven-date tour of the British Isles. See them in cities including Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and London.
24Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie: The three-piece from the northwesternmost corner of the US said goodbye to founding member, guitarist and producer Chris Walla, after their latest album, ‘Kintsuga’, was released in March. Along with two new touring members the band will play four UK dates in November, in Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The Vaccines: Third album ‘English Graffiti’ showed signs that the London quartet were expanding their horizons. That seems to be the case, too, with their 12-date UK tour, which includes three separate nights at the Brixton Academy and arena shows in Cardiff and Nottingham.
Action Bronson: The rapper (and ex-gourmet chef) from Queens, New York, released his major-label debut, ‘Mr. Wonderful’, in March this year. Opening his UK tour with a slot at Bestival, he continues to see the sights from Glasgow to Bristol through the rest of September.
U2: Bono and crew’s latest world tour, Innocence and Experience, began with a poor omen: The Edge falling off the stage in Vancouver. Things have picked up since then, with Noel Gallagher calling their San Jose show “a psychedelic experience”. They hit London for six dates and Glasgow for two, from late October to early November.
FFS: The pairing of Glaswegian indie outfit Franz Ferdinand and LA glam duo Sparks early this year was like disco-alchemy, so their UK tour this summer is bound to enthrall. They play Glasgow, London and Manchester in June and August, around their wider European tour.