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What’s On – the UK’s Gig Guide for Autumn/Winter 2019

Maisy Farren

Music fans rejoice… festival season is over! No more spending £210, taking a pilgrimage to the countryside and sleeping in a tent for four nights just to see a handful of bands you like (well, at least until next year). For the next few months you can enjoy seeing one or two support bands, the band you’ve specifically come to see and then going home to sleep in your own bed – pure bliss! Here’s our round up of the best tours hitting the UK this 2019/2020. 

13 – 26 September 2019 
What? Iconic alternative ‘90s band. 
Where? Cardiff, Plymouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin
Why? Pixies may have experienced a bit of a line-up reshuffle since their formation in the mid-80s, but their live show is still packed with a back-log of the band’s alt-rock bangers. Huge anthems like Monkey Gone to Heaven and Here Comes Your Man will be performed alongside some newer music from their reunion in the early 2000s.  

Dr John Cooper Clarke 
26 September – 6 December 2019 
What? Manchester’s most famous punk poet in his tour: The Luckiest Guy Alive. 
Where? Kettering, Worthing, Weymouth, Aberdeen, Dundee, Chippenham, Margate, Warwick, London, Buxton, Southport, Oxford, Southampton, Stroud, Barnstaple
Why? Performance poet of the late ‘70s, John Cooper Clarke has lived a career that has spanned decades. The Salford bard is a joy to watch live, and his entertaining and often bleak poetry rings true both today and in mid-80’s punk Britain. 

Loyle Carner 
29 October – 15 November 2019 
What? British hip-hop artist touring his 2019 album Not Waving, but Drowning
Where? Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Nottingham, Exeter, London
Why? The artist’s 2017 debut album Yesterday’s Gone featured on a host of ‘Best Album’ lists as the year drew to a close, so expect the soloists second studio album (released in April of this year) to be awarded a similar accolade. Jump at the chance to see one of the UK’s most promising hip-hop talents in one of these sought-after sold-out shows.  

6 – 11 November 2019 
What? Music’s most exciting star bringing her female empowerment to the UK for just three shows. 
Where? London, Manchester 
Why? Popularity of her 2018 album Cuz I Love You took a little while to catch on, but since then Lizzo has proven to be one of the most fun artists on the scene for 2019. She headlined a handful of sold-out shows at the start of this year, stunned at Glastonbury and amazed us all at the BET awards. 

Vampire Weekend 
7 – 14 November 2019 
What? Classic US indie band on a short but sweet UK tour. 
Where? Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, London 
Why? Touring nostalgic indie hits like A-Punk and Holiday alongside new songs from their 2019 album Father of the Bride, which featured artists such as Danielle Haim, Mark Ronson and Steve Lacy. 

Lewis Capaldi 
22 November – 8 December 2019 
What? Scotland’s most hilarious singer songwriter touring his debut album. 
Where? Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, London, Norwich, Nottingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow
Why? This singer’s fame can be attributed to both his ‘sexy sad bangers’ off his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent and his hilarious viral videos on Twitter and Facebook. The humble singer has played to huge crowds over the festival season and now embarks on a full UK tour. 

2 – 7 December 2019 
What? Bristol’s own leftie punk band on tour (hopefully with new music). 
Where? Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, London
Why? The band behind last year’s acclaimed Joy as an Act of Resistance are back in the UK for a short and sweaty tour. The band’s lead singer Joe Talbot will, no doubt, have plenty to say about the state of British politics of late 2019, whilst accompanying guitarist Mark Bowen gets his kit off. 

The Libertines 
3 – 19 December 2019 
What? Original 2000s indie rockers on a tour of the classics. 
Where? Bournemouth, Leeds, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, London 
Why? The Libertines have been busy recently, building a Margate hotel and letting Pete Doherty tackle a man-eating all-day breakfast. Notoriously controversial couple of Doherty and Carl Barat are reuniting for another shambolic tour for their die-hard fans. 

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