Katy Perry UK tour 2018: plus new album rumours
Katy Perry absolutely crushed it in 2017 - and it looks like 2018 is set to top it as the star embarks on a UK and Europe tour.
Last year, her new album ‘Witness’ debuted at number one in the US charts, she hosted the VMAs (turning up in a spaceman costume) and became the first person ever to get 100 million followers on Twitter.
But what fans this side of the Atlantic were really excited about was the announcement of Katy Perry's UK and European tour dates.
The ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ singer hasn’t done a UK tour since 2014, but that all changes in 2018... Katy Perry will bring ‘Witness: The Tour’ to seven UK cities including London, Liverpool and Glasgow across eight dates.
Here’s everything we know about the Katy Perry UK and European tour 2018...
Witness: The Tour: UK and European cities and dates
Katy Perry announced her 2017/2018 world tour along with the release of new album 'Witness' back in May 2017.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) 15 May 2017
Initially, only North American dates were revealed, but 2018 UK and Europe concerts were soon added in June, and later the third leg in Oceania.
Here’s a full list of Katy Perry's 2018 UK and European tour dates:
- Cologne (Germany), May 23
- Antwerp (Belgium), May 24
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), May 26 & 27
- Paris (France), May 29 & 30
- Zürich (Switzerland), June 1
- Bologna (Italy), June 2
- Vienna (Austria), June 4
- Berlin (Germany), June 6
- Copenhagen (Denmark), June 8
- Stockholm (Sweden), June 10
- London - The O2 Arena (UK), June 14
- London - The O2 Arena (UK), June 15
- Birmingham - Arena (UK), June 18
- Sheffield - FlyDSA Arena (UK), June 19
- Liverpool Echo Arena (UK), June 21
- Manchester Arena (UK), June 22
- Glasgow - SSE Hydro Arena (UK), June 24
- Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena (UK), June 25
- Barcelona (Spain), June 28
- Lisbon, Rock In Rio (Portugal), June 30
‘Witness: The Tour’ was scheduled to start on September 7, 2017 in Columbus (US), but production delays meant the launch was rescheduled for September 19 in Montreal (Canada).
As recently as August 2017, Katy Perry announced an extra concert in Auckland (New Zealand) after tickets sold out fast. This suggests the singer could be open to adding yet more dates to the UK and European tour schedule.
Not one to shy away from philanthropy, Katy Perry decided that for every ticket purchased for her 2017/2018 tour, $1 will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Ticket holders also get a free copy of her new album ‘Witness’, although the offer is currently only extended to US fans.
Katy Perry setlist for UK tour
Katy Perry concerts are typically jam-packed with fashion statements (more than 275 costumes were designed for the ‘Prismatic World Tour’) incredible sets, an impressive array of backing singers and dancers, and, of course, fireworks. ‘Witness: The Tour’ is no exception…
Here's the complete setlist for Katy Perry's 2017/2018 world tour:
- Dark Horse
- Chained to the Rhythm
- Teenage Dream
- Hot N Cold
- Last Friday Night
- California Gurls
- I Kissed a Girl
- Deja Vu
- Bon Appétit (What Have You Done For Me Lately mix)
- Thinking of You
- Save as Draft
- Hey Hey Hey
- Part of Me
- Swish Swish
What will Katy Perry's UK concerts be like?
The star blew fans away on opening night when she descended to the stage on a star-shaped rig, dressed in a bejewelled red outfit and hood. The 21-song show features a range of insane props like a pair of giant floating lips that swallow the star whole after 'I Kissed a Girl', mini-trampolines for her performance of 'Swish 'Swish' and enormous salt and pepper shakers that shower Perry with glitter.
Perry paid homage to pop legend Janet Jackson with a rendition of her 1986 hit 'What Have You Done For Me Lately', which she mixed with a performance of her own song 'Bon Appétit'.
Katy Perry covering Janet's "What Have You Done For Me Lately" on her [current] Witness Tour. pic.twitter.com/wqNALbsUYV
— Stevie's Wonder (@Stevies_Wonder) 20 September 2017
As the US tour progressed, Perry posted a series of official photos of the concerts on her Instagram account, revealing an array of costumes and stunning stage design.
Days before the tour began, Perry posted a sneak peak of the show to her Instagram followers.
UPDATE: Katy Perry has announced she will be joined by Hailee Steinfeld for her UK tour.
The 'Starving' singer will be supporting Katy Perry's UK and Europe concerts, along with Swedish sensation Tove Stryke.
Confirmed support acts for the US leg of ‘Witness: The Tour’ are Noah Cyrus - Miley Cyrus’ little sister - ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer Carly Rae Jepsen and electro duo Purity Ring.
During her show in Nashville, Perry got stuck in mid-air as the planet prop she was sat on stopped above the crowd. The singer joked that maybe she could tell a few jokes to fill the time while technicians fixed the problem and that fans should get their phones out for the "YouTube moment".
Perry was eventually lowered down into the crowd, dismounting the prop with a stage dive before being escorted to the stage by security.
— Dave Paulson (@ItsDavePaulson) 19 October 2017
Xfinity digital cable subscribers will get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of ‘Witness: The Tour’. No news yet as to whether that will be extended to UK media. Perry said, “It means a lot to me for all of my fans, no matter what their situation, to feel like they can come along for the ride.
“I love that Xfinity X1 will be a place where I can give fans weekly glimpses into all the different facets of the tour - not just the work of it, but also the fun!”
YouTube Red subscribers also get a behind-the-scenes look at Perry's preparations for the tour with the 'Will You Be My Witness' documentary. The show bares all as Perry lives in a live-stream house for four days, in which she breaks down in tears over her sense of self and is accompanied by celebrity guests including Anna Kendrick, Sia, RuPaul, Caitlyn Jenner and Gordon Ramsay.
While we might not have too much information specifically about Katy Perry’s 2018 UK concerts, British fans were treated to a taste of what’s to come when the singer performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017 back in May.
It was the UK debut of her punkier short blonde haircut and suggested a more mature style we might see more of in 2018.
Katy Perry’s new album ‘Witness’
Katy Perry’s fifth studio album (fourth as ‘Katy Perry’. Her first album - a little-known Christian rock record - was recorded under her real name Katy Hudson back in 2001) went straight to number one in the US.
While conceptualising the new album in 2016, the singer told radio host Ryan Seacrest that she was in “no rush” to finish it, saying, “I'm just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles."
‘Witness’ is an electropop album consisting of 15 tracks. Perry described the new album as “purposeful pop” with a “fun and dance-y” feel.
It features a number of high-profile collaborations, including Sia - who co-wrote the second song on the album ‘Hey Hey Hey’ - Nicki Minaj - who appears on the album’s third single ‘Swish Swish’ - and Skip Marley - who lends his vocals to ‘Chained to the Rhythm’. Also listed in the album’s production credits are Jeff Bhasker, Duke Dumont and Max Martin.
The album’s first single ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ was released along with a music video that shows Katy Perry performing the track while riding a rollercoaster.
Next, the star released ‘Bon Appétít’ a collaboration with US hip-hop trio Migos. The video features renowned chef Roy Choi, who essentially cooks the singer alive. The video is well worth a watch, but was criticised by Spin writer Brian Josephs for being “weird as hell”.
‘Swish Swish’ featuring Nicki Minaj is the third single to be released from ‘Witness’ and is an all-star affair, depicting a basketball game between Perry and a host of famous faces including Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’), comedy actress Molly Shannon and Hollywood hardman Terry Crews.
The track itself is considered by fans to be a veiled attack against singer Taylor Swift, who has an ongoing feud with Perry.
In December 2017, Perry channelled Marie Antoinette and Joan of Arc in the video for 'Hey Hey Hey'. In the promo, the star plays an Antoinette-style princess who dreams of being a rainbow-armoured warrior before (SPOILERS) getting her head chopped off...
In the trailer for her YouTube Red documentary 'Will You Be My Witness', Perry revealed, "The reason I called this album 'Witness' is everyone in the world is a witness. We are all observing life, whether we are actively participating or we're just at home observing.
"We are all a part of this world. I hope by being a part of 'Witness World Wide', I'll provoke you to be an active witness."
UPDATE: Katy Perry is rumoured to be working on a new 2018 album with the producers of Dua Lipa's 'New Rules' and Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You'.
Ian Kirkpatrick ('New Rules') recently posted an image of Katy's dog in the recording studio, while Steve Mac ('Shape Of You') told Official Charts Company he has plans to work with the 'Swish Swish' singer.
News of Katy Perry spending time with Dua Lipa has also sparked rumours the pair are planning a duet, which would make sense if she's working with Kirkpatrick. Could the Perry/Lipa collaboration appear on the 2018 new album?
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on Katy Perry’s UK and European tour 2017/2018 and more rumours about her new album.