David Byrne plays Manchester O2 Apollo on Monday 18th June, but if you missed out on this sold-out tour or indeed just can’t get enough of him then you are in luck as he has added the following arena dates later in the year:
21/10/18 Leeds, UK First Direct Arena *
22/10/18 Glasgow, UK Hydro *
24/10/18 Dublin, Eire 3Arena *
26/10/18 Birmingham, UK Genting Arena *
27/10/18 Cardiff, UK Motorpoint Arena *
29/10/18 London, UK O2 Arena *
30/10/18 Brighton, UK Brighton Centre *
01/11/18 Nottingham, UK Motorpoint Arena Nottingham *
02/11/18 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena *
* with Benjamin Clementine on support.
Tickets go on sale today, 15th June 2018
Byrne will be performing songs from his critically acclaimed album American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called “The most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Annie-B Parson also choreographed the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration tour around Love This Giant.
The American Utopia World Tour began in the US in March, before moving on to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and back to the US (including one of the highlight sets at this year’s Coachella). The European leg of the tour begins on June 14 in the UK with six sold out concerts, followed by dates in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, France, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, before returning to North America for additional dates from July to October. Currently totalling over 80 performances, the full list of upcoming tour dates around the world can be found here.
Praise for the American Utopia World Tour:
‘Already the toast of Coachella, Byrne’s new road show was a knockout.’
– David Fricke, Rolling Stone
‘One of the most inspired, intriguing, energetic and joyful concerts in recent memory. To call it unique hardly does it justice.’ – Calgary Herald
‘It’s honestly hard to believe the amazingness of Byrne’s live show. Byrne radiates a joy while performing that few – if any – musicians can match.’– Seattle Weekly
‘Decades into his career, Byrne remains an unpredictable, vital artist. There aren’t many who can say that.’ – LA Weekly
‘A marvel of staging and motion that was at once utterly novel and oddly comforting, the evening proved a celebration of Byrne’s music at its most rhythmic and transcendent.’
– Chicago Tribune
American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years (following 2004’s Grown Backwards), and was released in March via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records. It debuted at # 1 on the Top Album Chart in the US, the highest chart position of his career, as well as at # 1 on the Canadian album charts, plus Top 20 in the UK and Ireland. The career chart highs were repeated across Europe, including in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland, amongst others. The first single from the album, ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’, was co-written with Brian Eno, and contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others feature throughout the album. The current single is ‘Every Day Is A Miracle’, also written with Eno.
Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of Reasons To Be Cheerful – an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience and also was streamed via his Facebook page, with additional engagements in Europe. Fans can sign up to the Reasons To Be Cheerful website here to receive Byrne’s “thoughts, images and audio relating to this initiative”.
‘Byrne’s best record in years,’ proclaimed Q magazine. ‘His creative fires still show no sign of dimming, Byrne remains as playful and brilliant as ever. ‘Byrne is a profile in American reinvention – it’s here a kind of alien found a band, an audience and a home,’ wrote the New York Times. “I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people,” says Byrne. “I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for.”
Tickets available here at time of writing.