What’s on in London and the UK: January 2020 events
Philip Mak - January 08, 2020

What’s on in London and the UK: January 2020 events

From Madonna to Strictly Come Dancing, the top things to do and see in Britain
January Event Guide UK

Want to get out of the house with what’s on in London and the UK in January 2020? 

With the holidays now safely behind us, January can often feel like a bit of a Christmas comedown. Worry not, fans — we’ve put together a list of the top events around the capital and country. Plus, just because the festive season is over doesn’t mean spending quality time with family has to be.


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We searched through all the incredible events on StubHub and found the best of what’s on in London and the UK. Amongst them are the return of Madonna —as her Madame X persona— as well as dramatic plays like Leopoldstadt, comedians like Darren Harriott and even heavy metal bands like Five Finger Death Punch.

Can’t wait to be there? Keep reading for what’s on in London and the UK in January 2020.

What’s on in London and the UK this month


Madonna Madame X

Madge is bringing her Madame X tour —eyepatch and all— to the London Palladium for a 15-night residency, stretching from 26 January to 15 February. Madonna is performing in support of her most recent album, also titled Madame X, which was released on 14 June last year and led with the singles “Medellín”, “Crave” and “I Rise”. 

This will be the first time the Queen of Pop has hit the road in the UK since her Rebel Heart tour in 2015, though it’s rumoured she may be back here again this summer for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary. For more, read our article on Madonna's 2020 UK tour.

Be there: Madonna at the London Palladium


Rock out with American heavy metal band Slipknot this January as they tour the UK and Ireland. The group will kick off their performances in Dublin on 14 January before going on to do eight shows across Scotland and England, ending in London on 25 January. 

“No matter how many times we come there, it always feels like we can never get enough, nor play all the cities we want to. But one thing’s for certain: the audiences are always some of the best in the world,” Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor tells Kerrang. The band will also be bringing their Knotfest event to the UK on 22 August in Milton Keynes.

Be there: Slipknot UK tour

Bombay Bicycle Club

British indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club are back with new music after a three-year hiatus. The band’s latest album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, is set for release on 17 January and they will be supporting it with a tour later in the month. Catch them performing their latest singles “Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)” and “I Can Hardly Speak” as they stage 18 dates across the UK and Ireland from 20 January to 12 February 2020. 

Be there: Bombay Bicycle Club tour

Five Finger Death Punch

American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch is embarking on a 2020 world tour this month, with planned UK dates in Cardiff on 30 January and London on 31 January. They will be joined by fellow rockers Megadeth and Bad Wolves.

Five Finger Death Punch will doubtlessly be playing new material from the upcoming album F8, set for release on 28 February, including the singles “Full Circle” and “Inside Out”, which was put out in 2019. Get the full hit with our article: Five Finger Death Punch tour rocking two 2020 UK dates.

Be there: Five Finger Death Punch 2020 UK Tour


Welsh rock band Stereophonics are going on a UK arena tour starting with three January shows in Liverpool, Leeds and London. After those performances, they’ll take a break until 28 February when they’ll hit the road again and play to fans in Sheffield, Birmingham, Brighton, Bournemouth, London, Nottingham, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff before heading off to Europe. The Stereophonics 2020 UK tour will be supporting their latest album, Kind, which was released on 25 October last year. 

Be there: Stereophonics UK tour

Musicals and theatre shows

Strictly Come Dancing — The Live Tour 2020

Popular television programme Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing into its live tour this month, with 32 shows planned across the UK. Former series winner Stacey Dooley is back to host the performances, with the first dance in Birmingham on 16 January and continuing on to Aberdeen, Leeds, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Nottingham and London. The Strictly Come Dancing — The Live Tour 2020 will include celebrities and pro dancers from the 17th series of the television programme including Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard, Alex Scott and Neil Jones, Karim Zeroual and Amy Downden, and more. 

Be there: Strictly Come Dancing — The Live Tour 2020


Curious what’s on in the London West End? Tom Stoppard’s latest play, Leopoldstadt, is premiering on 25 January at Wyndham’s Theatre; directed by Patrick Marber, the show is set in 1900 Vienna where 10 percent of the population is Jewish. Leopoldstadt is based on the personal experience of Stoppard, whose grandparents died in Nazi concentration camps — he previously wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare in Love.


Comedy shows 

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Sam Avery 

Award-winning blogger, author, father of twins and observational comedian Sam Avery will be taking his Toddlergeddon tour across the UK beginning in January 2020. His performances kick off on 11 January in Leeds and will wrap on 15 May in Fareham.

Darren Harriott

Get some homegrown ha-has from British stand-up comedian Darren Harriott, whose topics often include the less funny parts of growing up in our cities such as gang culture and knife crime. He will be performing the last two shows of his Good Heart Yute tour, which began in October 2019. The 2020 performances will be in Salford on 17 January and Bromsgrove on 18 January. 

Be there: Darren Harriott Good Heart Yute tour