The end of 2018 is almost upon us and as the year draws to a close, our minds are already moving to the fantastic concerts that we're excited to see in 2019.
There are too many tours already announced for next year to be able to list every single one, but here is our list of ten gigs in the UK in 2019 that we're really looking forward to:
The 1975 (January 2019)
The Manc pop-rockers are embarking on a UK arena tour on the back of their latest record A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, which has been met with critical acclaim and commercial success.
The 1975 are visiting arenas across the UK from 9 January to 25 January. If you can’t catch them early next year, the band will be playing at Glasgow Summer Sessions in June and at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.
Fatboy Slim (February – March 2019)
Legendary DJ, musician and record producer Fatboy Slim has announced he will take to the decks on a tour of six arena dates across the UK in February and March 2019.
The tour, titled The Round Trip, will be the biggest tour Fatboy Slim has ever done and will see him performing in the round ‘slap bang in the middle of the dance floor’, up close and personal to fans. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch him live.
Twenty One Pilots (March 2019)
Ohio alt-hip-hop pair Twenty One Pilots have been attracting attention for their fifth studio album Trench, which came out this past October and has received critical acclaim across the board.
Their 2019 tour will see them crossing the UK and Ireland’s arenas in early March, including a three-date run at the SSE Arena in London.
Anderson .Paak (March 2019)
Californian rapper Anderson .Paak is bringing songs from his latest LP Oxnard to the UK and Ireland next March with shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin as part of his Andy’s Beach Club World Tour.
Fans can get excited for lengthy, action-packed performances from .Paak, as well as the strong possibility of guest stars showing up – Dr. Dre is just one luminary that the rapper has previously invited to join him on stage.
Michael Buble (May – June 2019)
Michael Buble’s tenth studio album Love marks the Canadian singer’s return to music after a two year hiatus spent taking care of his ill young son Noah.
Buble made his live return this past summer and will be embarking upon an arena tour across the UK and Ireland next May and June to promote his triumphant comeback album.
Spice Girls (May – June 2019)
That’s right! The Spice Girls are back to spice up our lives in their first live shows since the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
Mel B, Geri, Mel C and Emma have reunited to tour the UK’s biggest stadiums for their Spice World – 2019 UK Tour next May and June, with dates in Cardiff, Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol and London.
Muse (June 2019)
Devon space rockers Muse recently released their eighth studio album Simulation Theory and are ready to resume their quest for world domination.
As part of their Simulation Theory World Tour they will be playing three dates in the UK next June at London’s London Stadium, Bristol’s Ashton Gate and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.
If the trio’s previous live shows are anything to go by, you can expect not just fireworks, but satellite dishes, acrobats hanging from balloons and more. Don’t miss out on this phenomenal live act pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at a rock show.
Kylie Minogue (June - July 2019)
Kylie Minogue has long been one of the UK’s most beloved pop stars and her latest country and dance-tinged album Golden hit the charts at No. 1 upon its release this past April.
While Kylie’s tour in support of that album, the Golden Tour, has already passed through Europe, the ‘Princess of Pop’ will be returning to the UK for several outdoor shows in late June and early July, including shows at Edinburgh Castle, Castlefield Bowl, Cornwall’s Eden Project and Hampton Court Palace.
Glasgow Summer Sessions (August 2019)
The Glasgow Summer Sessions in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park every August have become some of Scotland’s biggest annual concerts since their arrival on the scene in 2013, attracting up to 100,000 people a year.
2019 will see this annual series of gigs reach even greater heights as The Cure, Foo Fighters and The 1975 will headline an evening each on Friday 16 August, Saturday 17 August and Sunday 25 August 2019.
If you can’t make it to Glasgow for the shows, you can catch The 1975 and Foo Fighters at Reading and Leeds Festivals over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Little Mix (October - November 2019)
On the back of their fifth studio album LM5, released November this year, Little Mix will be embarking on a huge 20-date arena tour of the UK in autumn 2019.
The X Factor alumni will perform at numerous venues at least two nights in a row, including dates at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Manchester Arena and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, with the centrepiece of the run being three nights at the O2 in London.
To help us look forward to next year, we spoke with Lisa Hafey of pop blog Essentially Pop to ask what concert she loved most in 2018 and tours she thought we should look out for.
Hey Lisa! What was your favourite concert of 2018?
I’ve been to quite a lot of concerts this year of all genres, but I’d have to say the one I enjoyed most of all was Culture Club, supported by Tom Bailey and Belinda Carlisle. I was a Culture Club fan in my teens, and never had the opportunity to see them perform live before this. The energy from all three acts was incredible, and puts younger artists to shame. The atmosphere in the Wembley Arena, where I saw the show, was fantastic, with the audience made up of original fans and more recent ones, young, and young at heart.
Which artists’ shows are you most looking forward to seeing in 2019?
I’m most looking forward to Jedward touring their fourth album next year. The Dublin duo fill every live performance with energy and charisma; I’ve been a fan of them and their music for over seven years and can’t see that stopping any time soon. If you’ve not seen them live, throw away any and all of your misconceptions.
Which artists on your radar do you think we should keep an eye out for next year?
As above - you’ve all been sleeping on Jedward! They’ve been independent artists since 2013 or 2014, and their self-written songs have been incredible. They’re releasing their fourth album in early 2019 and it’s their first to contain all original tracks written entirely by them. You won’t regret checking them out - start with their songs released from 2014 onward.
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