Regularly acclaimed by critics and commentators alike as one of Britain’s foremost and finest singer-songwriters, Billy Bragg has announced details of a new UK tour for 2021.
Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for more than 35 years.
Honoured with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivor Novello awards in May 2018, he is regarded a valuable statesman and activist.
Highlights among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This at Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, his stripped-down, Tooth and Nail – his most successful since the early 90s – and Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad with Joe Henry.
His last release was the six-track EP/mini LP Bridges Not Walls in 2017.
Two of his albums, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (1986) and Don’t Try This At Home (1991), made the top 10 in the UK.
The intervening three-and-a-half-plus decades have been marked by numerous milestones, including a number one hit single, having a street named after him, meeting the Queen, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing onstage at Wembley Stadium and curating Leftfield at Glastonbury during thick and thin.
Still as relevant as ever, in 2019 he sold out his own old-meets-new tour One Step Forward, Two Steps Back at venues across the US, UK and Europe before setting off again for Australia and New Zealand, making new fans and stirring the blood of older ones.
All of which proves that at their best, Billy’s songs present what one critic called ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal.’
This new tour will start in Gateshead on October 21 next year and feature dates in the likes of Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Sheffield, Oxford and Nottingham before finishing in London on November 27, 2021.
Full dates are as follows:2021October 21 - Sage, Gateshead.October 22 - Dundee, Club Tropicana, Vogue, Fat Sam’s and Aura.October 23 - Glasgow, Barrowland (1 & 2)October 26 - Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall.October 27 - Oxford, New Theatre.October 28 - Birmingham, Symphony Hall.October 30 - Cardiff, St David’s Hall.October 31 - Southampton, Guildhall.November 2 - Belfast, Ulster Hall.November 4 - Dublin, Vicar Street.November 6 - Galway, The Black Box.November 10 - Reading, Hexagon Theatre.November 11 - Exeter, University (The Great Hall).November 12 - Bristol, O2 Academy.November 16 - Guildford, G Live.November 18 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange.November 19 - Nottingham, Rock City.November 20 - Manchester, Albert Hall.November 21 - Sheffield, City Hall and Memorial Hall.November 23 - Brighton, Dome.November 25 - Southend, Cliffs Pavilion.November 26 - Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall.November 27 - London, The Roundhouse.
Tickets are available for all shows from 10am on October 16.
Tickets are available online from the individual venues or through Billy Bragg’s website here.