The festival will return to Leeds and Hatfield in May 2021.
Del Amitri are back! This morning the band confirmed they’ll play their first gigs since 2014’s The A to Z of Us tour. Their 2018 UK tour will kick off in Newcastle on 20 July and make stops in Edinburgh (for their first headline show at Edinburgh Castle in 25 years!), Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, before culminating in London on 26 July.
Fans will be delighted to hear original band members Justin Currie and Iain Harvie as well as Andy Alston, Kris Dollimore and Ashley Soan are all on board for the tour.
Del Amitri have roots dating back to the early ’80s. They’ve been a fixture on music charts since the release of their second studio album, Waking Hours, in 1989 which spawned a couple of timeless hits – Kiss This Thing Goodbye and Nothing Ever Happens (shown below).
In 1992 Del Amitri’s third album, Change Everything, climbed to the No.2 spot on the UK charts, was certified gold and generated the huge singles Always the Last to Know and Be My Downfall. The band’s 1995 album Twisted, which charted at No.3, featured Roll to Me, their biggest single ever, and Driving with the Brakes On. Some Other Sucker’s Parade came out in 1997 and reached the No.6 position on the UK charts, but then following their sixth album, 2002’s Can You Do Me Good?, Del Amitri went on hiatus and didn’t reunite until 2013.
“From Nothing Ever Happens to Jesus Saves, there is a catalogue of Del Amitri songs that seem even more relevant now than when we wrote them,” said Harvie about next year’s tour. “In this new millennium where everything changes and everything stays the same in an increasingly disorientating gyre of social and personal atomisation, the chance to lean against the bar and play our songs again to audiences around the UK just seems like something too right.”
Last December a host of Scottish recording artists including Travis and Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue joined forces to perform covers of Del Amitri’s most beloved songs and release a charity album benefitting Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. Called Pasted Beyond Recognition, it was named after lyrics from the 1992 Del Amitri song Surface of the Moon. At a special event held to launch that record, Currie treated fans to classic Del Amitri songs.
Thankfully, you won’t have long to wait to see Del Amitri on stage together again. Their full 2018 UK tour schedule is shown below:
20 July 2018 – Newcastle City Hall
21 July 2018 – Edinburgh Castle
22 July 2018 – Manchester Apollo
23 July 2018 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
25 July 2018 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
26 July 2018 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Tickets for Del Amitri go on sale at 09:00 on Thursday 23 November 2017 at Ticketmaster.co.uk.