All the hottest UK music tours 2018 in one handy list
Staff writer - May 24, 2018

All the hottest UK music tours 2018 in one handy list

UPDATED: This is turning out to be an AWESOME year in live music...
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Instead of getting your fingers all inky marking the best UK tours on your 2018 calendar, we've made you this super useful, always-updated, complete list of 'em instead (including this summer and beyond...)

Whether you're into the hottest pop acts right now, one of the big comeback tours or just something exciting to look forward to this summer, you are genuinely spoiled for choice in 2018. 

Here’s all the best UK music tours 2018...

Taylor Swift - 'Reputation' UK tour 2018


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UK Swifties had waited a long time for Taylor to announce 2018 UK tour dates this side of the Atlantic.

The ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ singer not only revealed three UK concerts as part of her worldwide ‘Reputation’ tour - she announced three more almost immediately after when the nation went full-on cray cray for Tay Tay tickets.

Taylor Swift is the bestselling female artist for UK music tours in 2018 so far.

MORE: Taylor Swift UK tour: everything you need to know

Jay-Z and Beyoncé - 'On The Run II'


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It doesn't get much bigger than this...

The world's favourite power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé are bringing new albums ‘Lemonade’ (Beyoncé) and ‘4:44’ (Jay-Z) to UK audiences in joint concerts this June before taking their show on tour around Europe.

MORE: Beyoncé and Jay-Z UK tour 2018: On The Run 2 dates and venues

Kendrick Lamar - ‘DAMN’ tour and UK festival appearances

Kendrick Lamar 2018

Kung Fu Kenny has already completed the UK and Europe legs of his world tour, and it was DAMN good.

The acclaimed rapper is still promoting his new number one album (which features massive 2017 single ‘Humble’) and performed at venues in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin.

But there's still a chance to see Kendrick Lamar live at his many UK summer festival appearances, including Reading and Leeds Festivals.

MORE: Kendrick Lamar UK tour: all the info, dates and news

Britney Spears 'Piece Of Me' UK tour including Brighton & Hove Pride 

Britney Spears UK tour

We're not sure what took us by surprise more, the fact that Britney Spears announced a 2018 UK tour in the first place or that she'll be kicking it off in Scarborough...

The '...Baby One More Time' singer will actually begin her 2018 UK tour at Brighton & Hove Pride on August 4 before several European shows and then back for eight gigs over here including London, Manchester and Dublin.

MORE: Britney Spears UK tour 2018 - dates, venues and everything else

Justin Timberlake 'Man Of The Woods' UK tour

Justin Timberlake UK tour

If one 90s/00s pop icon music tour wasn't enough for you, how about two?

Justin Timberlake's summer concerts are set to rock your body from July (pushed back from late June after the star had to cancel and postpone some UK tour dates) with a unique live entertainment experience featuring trees, bonfires and a disco dance floor.

MORE: Justin Timberlake UK tour 2018: rescheduled dates, support act and setlist

The Rolling Stones 'No Filter' tour 2018

After UK fans were left disappointed that The Rolling Stones snubbed them during their last tour (which only included Europe dates) the band turned things around by announcing a full UK tour for 2018.

Reviews of the classic rockers' first shows have been very positive - and with high-profile support acts including Liam Gallagher and Florence + The Machine, this is one summer music event you can't miss.

MORE: The Rolling Stones tour 2018 | dates, setlist and more on UK concerts (including London)

Eminem 'Revival' tour London dates


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Fans who missed Eminem at his 2017 UK festival dates have another chance to catch the 'Stan' hitmaker this summer.  

The 'Rap God' himself descends on the UK in July for two massive concerts at London's Twickenham stadium before making appearances at a string of European festivals.

MORE: Eminem UK tour 2018: 'Revival' tour coming to Twickenham


U2's Bono and The Edge

There's nothing old hat about classic rockers U2's 2018 tour, which is set to blow audiences minds with its innovative AR experience.

After announcing one of the most in-demand UK music tours of 2018, the band revealed the UK leg of their world tour would begin in October for 10 concerts across Manchester, London, Belfast and Dublin.

MORE: U2 tour 2018: UK dates and everything else you need to know

Katy Perry - 'Witness: The Tour'

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The ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer’s world tour is already well underway, but UK fans will have to wait until June 2018 to catch the star in action. Katy Perry’s eight UK tour dates include London, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Witness: The Tour’ is as extravagant a music tour as you’d expect from the outlandish pop star, who’s famous for her colourful costume changes and sensational stage shows.

MORE: Everything you need to know about Katy Perry’s 2018 UK tour dates

The Killers UK arena and festival tour


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After the success of their 2017 ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ world tour, The Killers went right ahead and announced another string of UK tour dates, including arena shows and headline slots at The Isle of Wight Festival and TRNSMT.

The Las Vegas rockers recently said they love performing in the UK and called it their “second home”.

MORE: The Killers UK tour 2018: the shows, the dates and new album

BTS (Bangtan Boys) world tour - two London dates


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It may have escaped your attention, but BTS are one of the biggest bands in the world right now.

The K-pop giants have created Justin Bieber-levels of hysteria in their South Korea homeland and are making big waves internationally with their latest studio album 'Love Yourself: Tear' and Billboard Music Award 2018 performance (and win for Top Social Artist).

Catch them at The O2 Arena in London in October (currently only two UK tours dates).

MORE: BTS UK tour 2018: London dates & everything else about the K-pop giants

Queen + Adam Lambert UK tour 2018

Brian May and Adam Lambert onstage

Nostalgia for the 'We Will Rock You' hitmakers is at an all-time high with the announcement of Freddy Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

The band's legacy lives on through new singer Adam Lambert - and if you're lucky enough to have tickets to the band's Dublin concert, you'll also get to see support acts The Darkness and The Boomtown Rats. 

MORE: Queen + Adam Lambert tour 2018: UK dates, setlist and support acts

Pearl Jam UK tour 2018


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With only two dates announced in the UK, you’ll have to look alive if you want to snap up tickets to the Seattle grunge band’s June 2018 performances.

Pearl Jam haven’t played live in London for almost a decade, so their concerts at The O2 Arena are not to be missed.

MORE: Pearl Jam European tour 2018: UK dates and new album details

50 Cent 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' 15th anniversary tour


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50 Cent is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his best-selling album 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' this year with a UK tour - and he's gonna party like it's its birthday...

The hip-hop icon is expected to play the album in its entirety, with a few more hits thrown in for good measure.

MORE: 50 Cent UK tour 2018: the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ 15th anniversary

Foo Fighters UK tour 2018


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No sooner had the ‘Run’ rockers finished a series of sell-out UK concerts did they announce they’d be back again in 2018 for another three!

The Foo Fighters will play one night in Manchester and two concerts in London when they return in June 2018.

MORE: Foo Fighters 2018 UK tour: all the dates and latest news

Liam Gallagher 'As You Were' UK tour 2018


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Liam Gallagher took a bold step out of his brother’s shadow in 2017 - and he has not looked back since with some top new music and a tour spanning the UK.

Many of Liam Gallagher's UK concerts have already taken place, but the rocker is scheduled to make several festival appearances and has a big Finsbury Park gig around the corner.

With the success of new album ‘As You Were’, a recent onstage re-teaming with former Oasis guitarist Bonehead and Liam featuring several Oasis tunes in his setlist, could this be the beginning on the road to an Oasis reunion? Speaking of which…

MORE: Liam Gallagher UK tour 2018: all the info and latest news

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Live 2018 tour


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While the world still has its fingers crossed for an Oasis reunion in 2018, for now fans will have to make do with the awesome announcement that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be touring the UK in 2018.

The singer/songwriter announced UK dates along with news of his new album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ (featuring Johnny Marr and Paul Weller) and is set to play across the country between April and May 2018 before festival dates through the summer.

MORE: Noel Gallagher tour 2018: all the info, dates, cities and news

Demi Lovato UK tour 2018


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The announcement of Demi Lovato’s first ever solo tour of the UK came as a bit of a surprise when she announced she'd be joined by DJ Khaled for the 2018 concerts.

However, the US DJ has not been confirmed for the UK tour and will likely be replaced by Jax Jones.

MORE: Demi Lovato UK tour and new album: the complete guide

Arctic Monkeys UK tour 2018

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys teased fans over here for the longest time before they eventually revealed their UK tour will take place in September 2018.

Before then, the Sheffield foursome have a one-off charity gig at the Royal Albert Hall this summer and an appearance at TRNSMT Festival before begining one of the most highly anticipated UK music tours of 2018.

MORE: Arctic Monkeys UK tour 2018: setlist, dates and new album

Camila Cabello 'Never Be The Same Tour' 2018


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It seems Camila Cabello will be 'Havana' great time over here in 2018, taking part in multiple UK music tours, as well as festival appearances.

The star is set to perform at her own UK tour dates in June as well as opening for Taylor Swift's concerts and headlining Capital FM's Summertime Ball and the Isle of Wight Festival 2018.

MORE: Camila Cabello UK tour 2018: dates, news and everything else

Def Leppard UK tour 2018


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If it's rock nostalgia you're looking for, 2018 is 100% where you need to be right now.

Def Leppard are celebrating the anniversary of best-selling album 'Hysteria' with a tour which culminates in homecoming concerts in the UK.

Apparently the Brit rockers also have a new album in the works and will even have a Def Leppard beer available at select concerts (not confirmed for UK tour dates).

MORE: Def Leppard UK tour 2018: all you need to know

Dua Lipa - The Self-Titled Tour

Dua Lipa 2018

After opening concerts for Coldplay and Bruno Mars in 2017, mega-busy hitmaker Dua Lipa turns her attention to her own world tour as she promotes new self-titled album ‘Dua Lipa’.

The ‘Be The One’ singer has already wrapped up her 2018 UK tour dates, but you can still catch the singer at some of the biggest and best UK festivals.

MORE: Dua Lipa UK tour 2018: dates, venues and everything else

Jack White UK tour (now extended beyond London)

Jack White UK tour

While it seemed like Jack White would only be performing a few concerts in the capital in June this year, he has recently announced he'll be back in October to tour Brighton, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool and Edinburgh with new album 'Boarding House Reach.'

But be warned, Jack White is NOT a fan of you taking endless videos and selfies at his concerts to the extent that he's actually banning smartphones from the venues (you'll be provided with a little pouch for it).

MORE: Jack White UK tour 2018: singer extends UK tour beyond London

Iron Maiden 'Legacy of the Beast European Tour' 2018

Iron Maiden 2018

Hard-rocking heroes Iron Maiden are bringing their comic book-inspired concert to London, Newcastle, Belfast, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Manchester from July 2018.

Supported in the UK by Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden have promised a "large selection of 80s material" and, as always, a mind-blowing stage set.

MORE: Iron Maiden UK tour 2018: all the dates and info

Kylie Minogue 'Golden' tour

Kylie Minogue 2018

The Aussie pop princess is back with new album 'Golden' and a string of UK tour dates to go along with it.

After a series of intimate UK and Europe concerts back in March, the star will return in September for a bunch of dates going into early October - including London's O2 Arena.

MORE: Kylie Minogue tour 2018: UK dates and essential info

Stereophonics - 2018 UK Arena Tour 

Stereophonics 2018

There’s no stopping Welsh rockers Stereophonics. Despite a few band member changes, Stereophonics have been prolific since they got together in 1992.

And with six UK number one albums under their belts and new record ‘Scream Above the Sounds’, why stop now?

Stereophonics are playing venues across the UK from February to June 2018 before going on to play several top festivals in the UK and Europe, including a headline slot at TRNSMT Festival 2018.

MORE: Stereophonics tour 2018: the complete guide and UK dates

Shania Twain - 'Now Tour'


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The announcement of Shania Twain’s world tour came as a surprise, considering the Canadian country star hasn’t toured in the UK since 2004.

Fans will agree the ‘You're Still The One’ singer is well overdue a comeback. In fact, it’s been so long, Shania recently admitted she had to retrieve the famous top hat she wore in the ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ video from a museum!

Her new album ‘Now’ was released in October 2017 before the world tour began in May 2018 (UK dates in September-October 2018).

Paloma Faith - The Architect Tour 2018


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After a stint as a coach on The Voice UK, retro pop star Paloma Faith is getting back to what she does best as she gears up to promote new album ‘The Architect’ on a UK tour.

The ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ singer - one of two British female artists to ever score three platinum albums (Adele is the other one) - played an intensive schedule of concerts across the UK in March 2018.

But Faith still has a series of UK concerts and festival dates lined up in the summer before she goes on to support Sam Smith on his Australian tour.

The Chainsmokers - Euro Memories… Do Not Open


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The NYC duo took the world by storm with the number one hit ‘Closer’ in 2016, before almost instantly taking their career to the lofty heights of a Coldplay collaboration with ‘Something Just Like This’.

During their tour to promote new album ‘Memories… Do Not Open’, The Chainsmokers announced UK/Europe dates for 2018 and played London's Alexandra Palace on Valentine’s Day.

However, The Chainsmokers still have several festival dates across Europe this summer, including Dublin's Summer In The City.

MORE: The Chainsmokers tour 2018: all the info - including London show

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Imagine Dragons - Evolve World Tour


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Las Vegas pop rock band Imagine Dragons toured the UK in 2018 with new album ‘Evolve’.

After 2017 singles ‘Believer’ and ‘Thunder’ performed well in the charts, the band announced a world tour featuring four UK dates (London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow) as well as one in Ireland (Dublin).

The rest of the band's 2018 concerts are scheduled in the US, so if you missed them in the UK and Europe this year, it looks like you'll have to hop on a flight.

MORE: Imagine Dragons UK tour 2018: the complete guide

Harry Styles - ‘Harry Styles: Live on Tour’


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With the release of his popular solo album, the announcement of the star's world tour was inevitable.

Reviews of the former One Directioner’s 2017 shows were overwhelmingly positive and British fans were understandably excited for Styles to come back to the UK in 2018. 

Harry Styles: Live on Tour’ was one of the hottest UK music tours 2018, with One Direction songs, Ariana Grande covers and tunes from his chart-topping eponymous album ‘Harry Styles’.

Unfortunately for UK fans, Styles will be spending the rest of the summer entertaining US audiences.

MOREHarry Styles 2018 tour: the complete guide

Sam Smith UK tour


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The ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ singer’s second album ‘The Thrill Of It All’ was met with critical acclaim, so the news of a massive arena tour sent Sam Smith fever into overdrive.

The star played a string of dates in the UK in March and April 2018, before heading off to the rest of Europe, the US and Australia.

MORE: Sam Smith tour 2018: all the UK dates, venues and more

Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on the best UK music tours 2018.