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The UK’s Best Music Tours to Catch in 2018

1 February 2018 | Jasmine Lee Kennedy

It seems that gig tickets can’t be on sale for more than a couple of minutes without selling out. Ticketing websites grab them all and hold them for ransom (well, sell them for extortionate prices) which means that many true fans rarely get to see their favourite artists perform live. If you don’t fancy buying tickets for 20x their original price, then here are a few of the best UK tours to catch in 2018 that (at time of writing) haven’t sold out yet!

Eels


Image credit: Eels/ via Facebook

Mark Everett a.k.a. Eels is one of the most prolific artists to come out of the 90s, with 14 studio albums under his belt and plenty more to come. He started out solo in 1991, but then formed Eels, a fully-fledged band, who released their debut disc Beautiful Freak in 1996. As with any long-standing artist his sound has evolved over time, but, unlike many others, each album has managed to sustain a unique touch and be a creative success. His new album, Deconstruction, is due to be released on 6 April this year, and to promote it he will be going on a worldwide tour with UK dates at Brixton Academy in London, Manchester Academy and the O2 Academy in Glasgow. Everett’s tracks can be anything from mellow tracks full of resonating emotion to uplifting head-bobbing beats, which make for an incredible and nostalgic live performance.
 
Eels will be playing July 2 – July 5 at Brixton Academy, Manchester Academy and Glasgow’s O2 Academy. For more information and tickets click here.
 
Soul II Soul


Image credit: Soul II Soul/ via Facebook

Cool cats Soul II Soul are back on the scene with an astonishing 19 UK dates this year. The award-winning group are best known for their chart-busting tracks Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) and Keep on Movin’. They fuse soul, rap, dance and R&B in to a smooth oeuvre of club classics which are sure to get your hips moving. Their first ever album, Club Classics Vol. One, sold over four million copies, and their success has withstood the sands of time as their tracks are still ubiquitous all over the world. Founding member Jazzie B even earned himself an OBE for his musical contributions and being “the man who gave black British music a soul of its own”. You’ll be able to catch them all over the UK, with some locations including Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester Leeds and of course London.
 
Soul II Soul will be playing at various venues over the UK from 3 March – 4 November. For more information and tickets click here.
 
George Ezra


Image credit: George Ezra/ via Facebook

He may only be in his early 20s but he’s already killing it. George Ezra will be hitting the road for a Worldwide tour this year to celebrate the release of his new album, Staying at Tamara’s. The sophomore album will be released on 23 March following his debut 2014 hit, Wanted on Voyage. Although his London dates are already sold out, there are plenty more on sale for dates in late 2018, and more tickets for his dates in Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Birmingham, are on sale from Friday 2 February. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, Ezra’s booming voice is carried by his bluesy folk rock melodies, telling tales of friendship, love and life’s lessons. He’s also made for the stage with performances having been described as mesmerising and sublime, with his humorous charm making an appearance throughout.
 
George Ezra will be playing at various UK venues throughout 2018. For more information and tickets click here.
 
Kamasi Washington


Image credit: Kamasi Washington/ via Facebook

Kamasi Washington is bringing jazz back in to the limelight, being deemed by the legendary Stanley Clarke as the “heir to the astral master, Pharaoh Sanders.” He has encountered both acclaim and critique – but then again, jazz is not for everybody. He developed an avid following with his tour de force 2015 debut The Epic, which was named as Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide album of the year, and has since infected people of all ages with his neo-jazz spirit. This year, he is embarking on a worldwide tour with four dates scheduled for the UK. His London gig may be sold out, but he’s also visiting the fantastic Albert Hall in Manchester and Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow, as well as making an appearance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
 
Kamasi Washington will be playing May 2 – 6 at The Roundhouse in London, Albert Hall in Manchester, Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow and at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in Cheltenham. For more information and tickets click here.
 
Pete Tong – Ibiza Classics


Image credit: Pete Tong/ via Facebook

Radio legend and Ibiza resident Pete Tong is leaving the party island for a tour around the US and UK. He is one of the UK’s most well-known DJs and was awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting and music. Last year, in collaboration with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra, he released ‘Ibiza Classics’ -  a compilation album celebrating the legacy of dance music. The album sees house classics reworked with an orchestra, which last year had a sell-out tour. Expect classics such as Clubbed to Death and You Got the Love (feat. Candi Staton), and celebrate Ibiza with this dance pioneer. They will be heading to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, the Arena in Birmingham, Manchester Arena, and The O2 Arena in London for two dates as well.
 
Pete Tong will be touring Ibiza classics in the UK 25 November – 1 December at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, the Arena in Birmingham, Manchester Arena, and The O2 Arena in London for two dates as well. For more information and tickets click here.

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