Coinciding with the a sold out run of UK dates beginning this week, David Byrne has announced additional dates on his American Utopia World Tour, including a date at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, as well as seven dates in Australia and New Zealand in November. Tickets go on sale on Friday June 15 at 10am.
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.
The tour has been receiving some outstanding reviews. The Calgary Herald declared it, ‘One of the most inspired, intriguing, energetic and joyful concerts in recent memory. To call it unique hardly does it justice.’ Meanwhile The Chicago Tribune commented; ‘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.’
Following his only other UK show this year at Latitude, Benjamin Clementine will be Byrne’s special guest for the UK and Irish dates. Clementine also recently completed a run of North American dates on Byrne’s tour. Byrne explains, “I was introduced to Benjamin Clementine’s music through a friend. I was floored! I asked him to perform in the 2015 Meltdown Festival I curated in London and am honoured to have him join me at various stops along the American Utopia Tour!”
Thursday June 14 2018 – OXFORD New Theatre
Friday June 15 2018 – GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
Sunday June 17 2018 – BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Monday June 18 2018 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tuesday June 19 2018 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Wednesday June 20 2018 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Sunday October 21 2018 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Monday October 22 2018 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wednesday October 24 2018 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Friday October 26 2018 – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
Saturday October 27 2018 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Monday October 29 2018 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tuesday October 30 2018 – BRIGHTON Centre
Thursday November 01 2018 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
Friday November 02 2018 – MANCHESTER Arena