Best tickets to buy this week: 17 September
- Kevin Fullerton
- 17 September 2021
Featuring Primal Scream, Rick Astley and Blossoms, The Vaccines and much more
After the gargantuan announcements of ABBA and Elton John last week, there was a risk that this round of ticketing announcements would feel like the clean-up after the big party – still welcoming a few stragglers but never quite hitting the same ecstatic heights as the night before.
Blow those thoughts from the cobwebs of your disco-addled mind, because there are some absolute doozies on sale today. Whether you're hankering after the nostalgic rock of Primal Scream, fancy the oddball combination of Rick Astley and Blossoms (no, that's not a joke) or the pure poptastic jams of The Wanted, there are plenty of events to look forward to.
All of these tickets are on sale now and most will sell out quickly. Grab them fast or miss out.
They still wanna be free, they're intent on having a good time and they continue to desire maximum loadiosity. Primal Scream will play three special dates in Manchester, Glasgow and London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Screamadelica. The album will be played in full alongside a shedload of Gillespie and co's greatest hits. If you often find yourself yearning for the glory days of acid house, this is the gig for you.
Primal Scream will perform Screamadelica Live next year. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Rick Astley and Blossoms
That's right, the Rickrolling guy and newest radio-friendly indie band Blossoms are teaming up to play two nights performing the songs of The Smiths, because of course they are. It would be easy to be snarky about these shows but, to the surprise of everyone, this is a collaboration that works. Astley has the bellowing baritone to give these songs the gravitas that Morrissey can't muster nowadays, and Blossoms can comfortably navigate their way around Marr's trickiest finger-picking manoeuvres. Who'd have thunk it?
Rick Astley and Blossoms will perform the songs of The Smiths for two nights in Manchester and London this October. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Alice Cooper and The Cult
Fans of Hammer horror gore and macabre 80s rock rejoice, an arena tour for your incredibly specific tastes has arrived. Alice Cooper and The Cult will embark on a series of huge co-headliner shows across the UK in May and June 2022, playing all of their hits and featuring Cooper's trademark love of grand guignol. One for fans of the darker side of rock.
Alice Cooper and The Cult will co-headline an arena tour of the UK in 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
The 2021 edition of TRNSMT may have only been a week ago, but the long road to 2022's festival on Glasgow Green is already underway with some exciting headliner announcements. Topping the bill are The Strokes, Paolo Nutini and Lewis Capaldi, while other acts to play are beabadoobee, Foals, Fontaines D.C., Jimmy Eat World, Sigrid, The Snuts and Wolf Alice. The festival has previously weathered criticisms regarding a lack of diversity on its bill. Let's hope they improve on that for 2022 with more top-notch female acts and POC, and a bit less lad rock.
TRNSMT 2022 is will take place next July. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Pop's rising star Mimi Webb has announced a UK tour for February 2022 in support of her debut EP Seven Shades Of Heartbreak. Webb's got oodles of potential to become the 'next big thing' by the time this tour comes around, so grab tickets for her now before she's selling out arenas.
Mimi Webb will tour the UK in February 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Indie rock's chirpy chaps The Vaccines have announced a huge UK tour next year in support of their latest album Back In Love City. Despite their unfortunate name during a pandemic, The Vaccines' spiky and excitable tunes could be the kind of post-lockdown pep we all need.
The Vaccines will tour the UK in April 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Mid-2000s boyband The Wanted have announced a huge reunion tour in support of their Greatest Hits album. The melodic fivesome will tour arenas across the UK to perform classics 'All Time Low', 'Glad You Came' and many more to an audience undoubtedly there to witness the chiselled beauty of these lads as well as their gorgeous singing voices.
The Wanted will tour the UK in March 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Indie's latest folk-pop phenomenon Clairo has announced a handful of UK dates for 2022 in support of her latest album Sling. Her whispering voice and gentle songs have deservedly gained her an avid cult following, so expect these gigs to have the respectful tone of a church sermon as she plays her angelic music.
Clairo will tour the UK in January 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
The white-hot joy created by Fred again..'s debut album Actual Life (April 14-December 17 2020) can't be understated, especially during a year when happiness is in short supply. Now, the award-winning DJ and producer has the chance to take his music on the road this winter with a handful of dates across the UK. We'll be watching him at King Tut's – hope to see you there.
Fred again.. will tour the UK in winter 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.