15 Outstanding British bands on tour in 2021 and 2022
Staff writer - October 22, 2020

15 Outstanding British bands on tour in 2021 and 2022

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 2022 and learn more about what they've been up to in recent times.

Let’s show some love to the MASSIVE British bands taking to the stage in 2021 and 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 UK tour dates

  • 20 May 2022 — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 22 May 2022 — The O2 Arena, London
  • 24 May 2022 — Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 25 May 2022 — Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 27 May 2022 — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 28 May 2022 — Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 29 May 2022 — SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 31 May 2022 — Bonus Arena Hull, Hull

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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 a couple of times. Now that the government confirmed their live event roadmap the band is confident to be back on stage in August and September 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

  • 30 August — Bonus Arena Hull, Hull
  • 31 August — O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 2 September — The Engine Shed, Lincoln
  • 3 September — Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
  • 4 September — O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 7 September — Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
  • 9 September — O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
  • 11 September — O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle
  • 13 September — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 14 September — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 15 September — O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 17 September — O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester
  • 18 September — Manchester AO Arena, Manchester

Over the summer in 2022 Blossoms will also support The Killers on the following dates of their UK stadium tour:

  • 24 May 2022 – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
  • 30 May 2022 – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
  • 6 June 2022 – Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
  • 9 June 2022 – Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich
  • 11 June 2022 – 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 2022 after rescheduling from 2020-2021

Queen + Adam Lambert UK tour dates

  • 30 May 2022 - Manchester AO Arena
  • 31 May 2022 - Manchester AO Arena
  • 2 June 2022 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro*
  • 3 June 2022 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro*
  • 5 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 6 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 8 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 9 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 11 June 2022 - Birmingham Utilita Arena
  • 12 June 2022 - Birmingham Utilita Arena
  • 14 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 15 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 17 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 18 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 20 June 2022 - London The O2
  • 21 June 2022 - London The O2

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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

  • 14 September — 3 Arena, Dublin
  • 15 September — 3 Arena, Dublin
  • 18 September— SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 20 September — Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 21 September — Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 22 September — Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham*
  • 24 September — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 25 September — Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 27 September — First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 28 September — First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 30 September — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 1 October — Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 3 October — M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 4 October — M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 7 October — SSE Arena, Glasgow
  • 8 October— SSE Arena, Glasgow
  • 11 October — The O2, London
  • 12 October — The O2, London
  • 13 October — 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

  • 20 October 2021 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 21 October 2021 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 22 October 2021 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 23 October 2021 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 25 October 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 26 October 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 28 October 2021 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
  • 29 October 2021 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
  • 30 October 2021 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 31 October 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 2 November 2021 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 3 November 2021 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 4 November 2021 – The O2, London
  • 5 November 2021 – The O2, London
  • 6 November 2021 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
  • 8 November 2021 – Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 9 November 2021 – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 10 November 2021 – Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 14 November 2021 – SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 15 November 2021 – 3Arena, Dublin
  • 17 November 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • 18 November 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • 19 November 2021 – The O2, London
  • 20 November 2021 – The O2, London
  • 23 November 2021 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 24 November 2021 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 26 November 2021– Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
  • 27 November 2021 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham (matinee)

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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 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 fall 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, 6th September – O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • Wednesday, 8th September – O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • Thursday, 9th September – Manchester Academy
  • Sunday, 12th September – O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • Tuesday, 14th September – O2 Academy, Liverpool
  • Wednesday, 15th September – O2 Academy, Leeds
  • Friday, 17th September – Eventim Apollo, London
  • Saturday, 18th September – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • Monday, 20th September – O2 Academy, Sheffield

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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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Simple Minds 2021 UK tour dates

  • 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 January 2022. After initially 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 2022 UK tour dates

  • 8 January 2022 – Great Hall Cardiff University Student Union, Cardiff
  • 9 January 2022– Great Hall Cardiff University Student Union, Cardiff
  • 10 January 2022 – Newcastle University, Newcastle
  • 11 January 2022 – O2 Academy Glasgow
  • 13 January 2022 – O2 Academy Birmingham
  • 14 January 2022 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
  • 15 January 2022 – Electric Brixton, London
  • 16 January 2022 – Electric Brixton, London
  • 18 January 2022 – O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 19 January 2022 – O2 Academy Sheffield
  • 20 January 2022 – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 21 January 2022 - O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth
  • 22 January 2022 – 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 named after it. The girl group was also 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.

The girls also had to share the news that one of their members, Jesy Nelson, had unfortunately decided to leave the band to focus on her mental health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Little Mix tour dates 2022

  • 9 April - Belfast SSE Arena
  • 10 April - Belfast SSE Arena
  • 12 April - Dublin 3 Arena
  • 13 April - Dublin 3 Arena
  • 15 April - Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • 16 April - Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • 18 April - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • 19 April - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
  • 21 April - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 22 April - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 23 April - Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • 26 April - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • 27 April - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • 28 April - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
  • 30 April - Leeds First Direct Arena
  • 2 May - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • 3 May - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • 6 May - Manchester AO Arena
  • 7 May - Manchester AO Arena
  • 9 May - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • 10 May - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • 12 May - London The O2
  • 13 May - London The O2
  • 14 May - London The O2

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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 now happening in Fall 2021. The new 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

 

D-Block Europe UK 2021 tour dates

  • 30 November - Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 1 December - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 2 December - O2 Arena, London
  • 5 December - Manchester AO Arena, Manchester
  • 8 December - Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 9 December - Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham
  • 10 December - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow

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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’ 2022 UK and Ireland tour is a major upgrade from their last tour in 2019. In January 2022 the punk-rockers will begin their UK arena tour with 14 dates in the UK and 3 in Ireland. Later in February the band will then tour tour around Europe, with performances in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

The band is also still set to perform alongside Pearl Jam at British Summertime festival in Hyde Park London on the 10th of July 2021.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Idles UK and Ireland 2022 tour dates

  • 16 January — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 17 January — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 18 January — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 19 January — O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 21 January — Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 22 January — O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 24 January— Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 25 January — Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 26 January — Vicar Street, Dublin
  • 28 January — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 29 January — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 30 January — Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 1 February — O2 Academy, Sheffield
  • 2 February — O2 City Hall, Newcastle
  • 3 February — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
  • 4 February — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
  • 5 Feburary — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

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