15 Outstanding British bands on tour in 2021
Staff writer - October 22, 2020

15 Outstanding British bands on tour in 2021

British bands are looking forward to get back on stage and, given current restrictions on international travel, have started planning tours all over the UK!
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From past Rock and Pop legends to the recent UK chart leaders, here's your guide to catch some of the best British bands back on tour in 2021 and learn more about what they've been up to in 2020.

Let’s show some love to the MASSIVE British bands taking to the stage in 2021 by experiencing one of these amazing comeback gigs! Click on a tour below to find out all the details

Pet Shop Boys - Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live Tour

Band origin: London (1981)

The 'Dreamworld' tour has been rescheduled with new 2021 dates confirmed. In January 2020 the duo released their 14th studio album Hotspot which includes a radio version of 'Burning the Heater' featuring Suede's Bernard Butler on guitar. And as you wait for them to get back on stage in 2021 you can listen to their latest live album Inner Sanctus with hits performed from their concert at the Royal Opera House in 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pet Shop Boys 2021 UK tour dates

  • 21 May — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 22 May — Bonus Arena Hull, Hull
  • 23 May — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 25 May — Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 28 May — SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 29 May — Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 30 May — The O2 Arena, London
  • 1 June — Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

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Blossoms UK tour

Band origin: Stockport, Greater Manchester (2013)

The indie pop band released their third album, Foolish Loving Spaces in January 2021 and were in the middle of their promotional tour in the UK when the 'mass gathering ban' hit the country in March 2020. As a result the remaining dates were rescheduled to August and then again to March 2021. They will be supported on different dates by The Magic Gang, Fever, and The Lathums

During 2020 the band has been very active on the UK music scene: they  collaborated with Courteneers in releasing a new version of Please Don't while being in isolation, live streamed multiple 'at home gigs' and have been taking an active role in the #WeMakeEvents campaign to support local music professionals and venues. As you wait for the band to perform live again, why not checking out their 'homecoming' album release, Live from The Plaza Theatre in Stockport

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blossoms 2021 UK tour dates

  • 20 March — O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester
  • 21 March — Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
  • 23 March — O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle
  • 24 March — O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 26 March — Bonus Arena Hull, Hull
  • 27 March — O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
  • 29 March — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 30 March — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 31 March — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 2 April — O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 3 April — Manchester AO Arena, Manchester

Over the summer in 2021 Blossoms will also support The Killers on the following dates of their UK stadium tour:

  • 25 May – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
  • 31 May – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
  • 2 June – Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich
  • 8 June – Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
  • 10 June – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
  • 12 June – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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Queen + Adam Lambert - Rhapsody Tour

Band origin: London (1970)

While new lead singer Adam Lambert is from the US, the band behind him, the legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury and the back catalogue of classic tracks are British through and through. 2020 represents a key milestone for the newly formed pairing as they released their first album together Live Around The World which features some of their greatest hits performed during their live shows together from venues and festivals such as the O2 in London, Rock in Rio in Lisbon and Summer Sonic in Tokyo. One entire side is dedicated to classics performed at the 2020 Fire Fight Australia event in Sydney.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Queen + Adam Lambert will be back performing in the UK in July 2020 after rescheduling from 2020

Queen + Adam Lambert UK tour dates

  • 1 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 2 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 4 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 5 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 7 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 8 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 10 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 11 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 13 June — Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 14 June — Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 16 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 17 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 19 June — The O2 Arena, London
  • 20 June — The O2 Arena, London

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Genesis - The Last Domino?

Band origin: Godalming, Surrey (1967)

Core members Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks reunited in March 2020, announcing their first live shows in 13 years which have been postponed to Spring 2021 amid covid-19 restrictions. The band also added two additional dates for shows in Birmingham and London.

During lockdown the band continued engaging with fans by introducing the Genesis Film Festival - a 5-week live streaming series featuring some of their best gigs in over 20 years which has been broadcasted last May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Genesis 2021 UK tour dates

  • 1 April — SSE Arena, Glasgow
  • 2 April — SSE Arena, Glasgow
  • 5 April — Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 6 April — Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 7 April — Arena Birmingham, Birmingham*
  • 9 April — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 10 April — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 12 April — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 13 April — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 15 April — 3 Arena, Dublin
  • 16 April — 3 Arena, Dublin
  • 18 April — SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 21 April — First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 22 April — First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 24 April — M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 25 April — M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 27 April — The O2, London
  • 29 April — The O2, London
  • 30 April — The O2, London*

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JLS - Beat Again

Band origin: London (2006)

The newly reformed four-piece band - Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and JB Gill - were set to perform a series of massive arena gigs across the UK and Ireland this winter, but will instead make the journey in June and July next year.

Over the past few months the band released a new branded line of branded hoodies and have hinted to new music being released soon, getting fans excited for new tracks on the setlist the upcoming tour alongside hits such as Everybody In Love, She Makes Me Wanna and Love You More.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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JLS 2021 UK tour dates

  • 11 June – SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 12 June – 3Arena, Dublin
  • 14 June – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 15 June – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 16 June – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 18 June – First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 19 June – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 21 June – Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 22 June – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • 23 June – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • 25 June – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
  • 26 Jun – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
  • 28 June – Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 29 June – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 1 July – Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 2 July – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 3 July – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham (matinee)
  • 3 July – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 6 July – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 7 July – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July – Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 9 July – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 10 July – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 12 July – The O2, London
  • 13 July – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 14 July – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 16 July – The O2, London
  • 17 July – The O2, London
  • 18 July – The O2, London

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Simply Red - Blue Eyed Soul

Band origin: Manchester (1985)

As they postponed their 2020 UK and European tour to Fall 2021 lead singer Mick Hucknall stated on the band's Instagram account: ‘My voice is in great shape, we were ready and raring to go in the hope that we might cheer you up by performing some of your favourite songs. However, it’s now clear that our tour in the autumn must be put back to next year. See you in 2021 when hopefully the World will have this virus under better control’.

In the past few months the band has been very vocal in asking the UK government more support for the Arts and Events industry. Simply Red have also been releasing digitally some of their past hits and celebrating their most iconic live performances by live streaming them to fans on Youtube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Simply Red UK tour dates

  • 2 October — Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 3 October — Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 4 October — SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 6 October — 3Arena, Dublin
  • 8 October — Nottingham Arena, Nottingham 
  • 9 October — First Direct Arena, Leeds,
  • 10 October — Cardiff Arena, Cardiff 
  • 12 October — Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Bournemouth
  • 13 October — Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Bournemouth
  • 15 October — Newcastle Arena, Newcastle
  • 16 October — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 17 October — Liverpool Arena, Liverpool
  • 19 October — Brighton Centre, Brighton 
  • 20 October — Brighton Centre, Brighton 
  • 22 October — Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 23 October — The O2 Arena, London
  • 24 October — The O2 Arena, London

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The Vamps - Cherry Blossom

Band origin: London (2012)

Upon confirming the release of their 5th studio album Cherry Blossom (16th October), the band also announced a nine-dates UK tour set for spring 2021. The name Cherry Blossom was chosen to represent the band's "rebirth" as they took a break from the constant album-tour cycle to rethink themselves as a band and head to a new direction while celebrating (and not rejecting) their past. Lockdown then became just an occasion for the twenty-something pop band members to continue focusing on their work and bring it to a conclusion sooner than expected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Vamps 2021 UK tour dates

  • Monday, 26th April – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • Wednesday, 28th April – O2 Academy, Sheffield
  • Thursday, 29th April – O2 Academy, Leeds
  • Saturday 1st May – O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • Sunday, 2nd May – O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • Tuesday, 4th May – Manchester Academy
  • Wednesday, 5th May – O2 Academy, Liverpool
  • Friday, 7th May – O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • Sunday, 9th May – Eventim Apollo, London

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Simple Minds - 40 Years Of Hits

Band Origin: Glasgow (1977)

Simple Minds are a Scottish new wave band, consisting of frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill, alongside drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboard-player Andy Gillespie and bassist Ged Grimes. In 2019 they released their Greatest Hits album and announced their '40 Years Of Hits' tour featuring the UK now postponed to summer 2021. Over the past months the band members have been sharing their personal monthly playlists recommendations to their fans on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  • 18 June - Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace
  • 12 August - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • 15 August - Edinburgh Summer Sessions (Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh)
  • 17 August - Aberdeen, UK, P&J Live
  • 19 August -  Hull, Bonus Arena
  • 19 August - Newcastle, Utilita Arena
  • 21 August - Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
  • 23 August - Belfast, Custom House Square
  • 24 August - Dublin, 3Arena
  • 26 August - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
  • 27 August - Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
  • 28 August - Leeds, First Direct Arena
  • 29 August - Glasgow, SSE Hydro
  • 31 August - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • 1 September - Bournemouth, International Centre
  • 2 September - Brighton, Brighton Centre

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Funeral For A Friend - UK tour

Band Origin: Bridgend, Wales (2001)

The Welsh band will be touring the UK in April and May 2021. After selling out on 9 dates they have added four additional ones in Leeds, Bristol, Bournemouth and London due to phenomenal demand. The band is also expected to headline the Avalanche stage at Download Festival next summer. Recently the band has also voiced out support for the #saveourvenues and #WeMakeEvents initiatives as they experienced first-hand the pivotal role independent venues played in their success.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Funeral For a Friend UK tour dates

  • 16 April – Great Hall Cardiff University Student Union, Cardiff
  • 17 April – Great Hall Cardiff University Student Union, Cardiff
  • 18 April – O2 Academy Birmingham
  • 19 April – Newcastle University, Newcastle
  • 20 April – O2 Academy Glasgow
  • 22 April – O2 Academy Sheffield
  • 23 April – Manchester Academy, Manchester
  • 24 April – Electric Brixton, London
  • 25 April – Electric Brixton, London
  • 27 April – O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 28 April – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 1 May – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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Deep Purple - UK tour

Band Origin: Hertford, England (1968)

Deep Purple, one of the most influential rock bands in history, finally released their latest studio album Woosh! last August and they celebrated their achievements all over the world by thanking fans on Instagram as well as promoting merchandise to support their road crew through these difficult times. The band also confirmed new dates from their rescheduled UK tour which will happen in October 2021 and will be joined by special guest Blue Oyster Cult.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Deep Purple 2021 UK tour dates:

  • 2 October - Manchester Arena
  • 3 October - Leeds FD Arena
  • 5 October - Glasgow SSE Hydro
  • 7 October - London The O2
  • 8 October - Birmingham Arena 

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Little Mix - Confetti

Band Origin: England (X-Factor 2011)

Little Mix are one of the most spoken about British band at the moment: their new album "Confetti will be released on 6 November and they recently announced a large (20+ dates) UK arena tour in 2021 named after it. The girl group is also currently on the judging panel of 'Little Mix - The Search', a TV show where six emerging bands compete to become Little Mix's support on their upcoming tour.

And if you're still hungry for new Little Mix content the band is also releasing a LM5 concert film in cinema on 20 and 21 November 2020. The film recorded their last LM5 show at the O2 in London.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Little Mix tour dates 2021

  • 28 April - Dublin 3 Arena
  • 29 April - Dublin 3 Arena
  • 1 May - Belfast SSE Arena
  • 2 May - Belfast SSE Arena
  • 4 May - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • 5 May - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
  • 7 May - Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • 8 May - Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • 10 May - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • 11 May - Leeds First Direct Arena
  • 13 May - London The O2
  • 14 May - London The O2
  • 15 May - London The O2
  • 17 May - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • 20 May - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 21 May - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 22 May - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 24 May - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • 25 May - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • 28 May - Manchester AO Arena
  • 29 May - Manchester AO Arena

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D-Block Europe - The Blueprint Us vs Them tour

Band Origin: Lewisham, London (2014)

As they released their debut album 'The Blueprint Us vs Them' (including track UFO feat. Aitch), the London hip-hop duo has announced a tour around the UK in May 2021. The album jumped to #2 on the UK weekly chart right after release. The band was also nominated for 'Best Group' at the 2020 Brits awards and won Male Artist of The Year and Mixtape of The Year at GRM Daily's 2020 Rated awards

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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D-Block Europe UK 2021 tour dates

  • 14 May - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 16 May - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 18 May - Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 19 May - Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 25 May - O2 Arena, London
  • 27 May - Manchester AO Arena, Manchester

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Steps - What The Future Holds

Band origin: London (1997)

In September 2020 the five-members dance-pop band announced their comeback with the release of a new single What The Future Holds, the release date of a new album with the same name at the end of November and a 2021 UK-wide tour supported by Sophie Ellis Bextor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Steps 2021 UK tour dates

  • 2 November - Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
  • 3 November - Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
  • 5 November - Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
  • 8 November - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Utilita Arena
  • 11 November - Manchester, AO Arena
  • 13 November - Aberdeen, P&J Live
  • 15 November - Belfast, SSE Arena
  • 18 November - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • 19 November - Leeds, First Direct Arena
  • 22 November - Glasgow, SSE Hydro
  • 25 November - Brighton, Brighton Centre
  • 26 November - London, The O2
  • 29 November - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
  • 1 December - Bournemouth, International Centre

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Bring Me The Horizon - Post Human Tour

Band Origin: Sheffield, England (2004)

After headlining London's All Points East in 2019, the Sheffield rock band is planning a series of performances at some of Europe's best rock festivals in summer 2021. But don't worry if you would rather catching them on stage here in Britain: they have just announced a five dates UK tour in September 2021 to promote their new EP Post Human: Survival Horror

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bring Me The Horizon 2021 tour dates

  • 21 September - Glasgow, SSE Hydro
  • 22 September - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
  • 24 September - Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
  • 25 September - Birmintham, Utilita Arena
  • 26 September - London, The O2

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Idles - UK Tour

Band Origin: Bristol (2009)

Idles’ 2021 UK and Ireland tour is a major upgrade from their last tour in 2019. It will start with a record store tour from the 12th to the 26th of April featuring 11 dates across 10 UK cities in partnership with local record stores. Access to such shows is subject to the purchase of a physical copy (CD or vinyl) of 'Ultra Mono' from the retail partner store. 

In May 2021 they will then begin their UK arena tour and will then tour tour around Europe, with performances in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands before heading back to London with four dates at the O2 Brixton Academy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Idles UK tour dates

  • 7 May — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
  • 8 May — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
  • 9 May — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
  • 10 May — O2 City Hall, Newcastle
  • 12 May — Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 13 May — O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 14 May — O2 Academy, Sheffield
  • 16 May — Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 17 May — Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 18 May — Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 20 May — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 21 May — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 22 May — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 18 June — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 19 June — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 20 June — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 21 June — O2 Academy Brixton, London

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