Idles release a new album and prepare for biggest UK tour ever in 2021
Upon release of their third album, British punk band Idles have announced they will be going on a UK tour this May and June 2021, with stops in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London.
The five-piece have raised the volume of their profile in 2019 — with their debut performance at Glastonbury in June, getting on the summer festival circuit as well as their first BRIT Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Act.
The group’s upcoming UK tour will be in support of their latest album, Ultra Mono, acclaimed follow-up after Joy as an Act of Resistance and their studio debut, Brutalism. The punk rockers have just hit their first UK #1 Album chart with 'Ultra Mono', released on 25th September 2020.
In July 2019 the band released an animated music video for their single “Never Fight a Man With a Perm”. “The idea for the video came directly from the lyrics of the song and how it tackles the subject of toxic masculinity,” said Fluffer Records in a statement.
They continue, “Using a British take on the classic arcade beat ’em up platform game seemed like a cool way to put this across visually.” Beyond toxic masculinity, Idles’ second album tackled everything from death to self-care to immigration to Brexit. Really changing the tune on punk rock, wouldn’t you say?
Who are Idles’ band members?
Joe Talbot serves as the group’s frontman and lead vocals, with Adam Devonshire on bass, Mark Bowen on lead guitar, Jon Beavis on drums and Lee Kiernan on rhythm guitar.
Where are Idles from?
Idles were formed in 2009 in Bristol, UK.
What are Idles’ 2021 UK tour dates?
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, starting in Glasgow and ending in Manchester with dates in Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin and Newcastle. Over the spring the band is also set to 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 from 18 to 21 June. Known for ruckus concerts and performing in various states of undress (read: underwear), their upcoming tour will be the biggest ever.
Idles 2021 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
When was the Idles’ third album release date?
'Ultra Mono' was released on 25th September 2020. Its most popular tracks so far are as 'War', 'Model Village' and 'Grounds'. The band’s third album was outselling the whole of the Top Five already in the midweek chart and has overtaken Liam Gallagher's record as the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2020 so far, having shifted 15,400 copies over the release week.
Are Idles a punk band?
Most media report on Idles as if they are a punk band, with hardcore, metal and post-punk influences. However, Idles does not identify as such. Frontman Joe Talbot exclaimed at a Manchester show in 2018, “for the last time we’re not a fucking punk band”.
While their sound may at times sound punk, Idles’ lyrics tend to address progressive, provocative, human issues more than the anti-establishment, anarchistic songs normally associated with the genre. Joy as an Act of Resistance dug into drug addiction and alcoholism, death and grief, love and self-care, and toxic masculinity — the track “Samaritans” concludes with the lines: “I’m a real boy, and I cry/I love myself, and I want to try”.
NME quotes frontman Joe Talbot as saying, “I think there’s a new fascination with [toxic masculinity] because it’s articulated well. Once you’ve got something complex that you can articulate concisely, it allows a conversation that’s fluid, and then your mind works quicker.”
He continues: “The thinking behind it is a reaction to the fact that feminism came to be in the forefront of people’s thinking – feminism is necessary because of toxic masculinity. Once feminism enters the public consciousness, you can start looking at the other side of it. ‘What is the cause of all this?’ And then it’s about looking for a solution, to a better future.”
It’s this final sentiment that may truly set Idles apart from typical punk bands — namely, the optimism, hope self-realisation to overcome society and life’s biggest struggles, no matter how overwhelming they may seem.
How to get Idles 2021 UK tour tickets?
Tickets for the 2021 Idles UK tour went onsale on Friday 28 August 2020. Several dates are already sold out as fans look forward to catch the band back on stage next year but don't worry! If you missed out you can still find tickets on StubHub and #BeThere!