Gigs and tours you can’t miss in 2018

Take a look at all the touring goodness coming up in 2018 for you. 

There’s a whole lot of great gigs coming to the UK this year including punk & rock from The Used, Waterparks, Moose Blood and All Time Low as well as country music and Americana talent with The Wandering Hearts and Brothers Osborne.

Rock & Punk tours you can’t miss…

The Bronx
The Bronx, the Los Angeles-based genre-bending punk band, will be performing Bronx V in its entirety in January 2018. Their rescheduled free show (we repeat, FREE SHOW) at The Black Heart in Camden Town, London will take place 14 January 2018, followed by a handful of ticketed, intimate club dates. Entry for the Black Heart show will be on first-come, first served basis…. get there early and prepare for insanity. 

14 January – The Black Heart, London
16 January – Key Club, Leeds
17 January – Mama Roux, Birmingham
18 January – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
19 January – Fighting Cocks, Kingston

The Ataris
Indiana pop-punk rockers, The Ataris will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their fourth studio album So Long, Astoria with a UK tour in February which will stop in sixteen UK cities. Founded in 1996, The Ataris are still doing what they love more then twenty years later and we will never grow tired of listening to their cover of Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer. 

8 February – Parish, Huddersfield
9 February – Magnet, Liverpool
10 February – Broadcast, Glasgow
11 February – Plug, Sheffield
12 February – Thekla, Bristol
13 February – Globe, Cardiff
15 February – Redrum, Stafford
16 February – Underworld, London
17 February – Asylum, Birmingham
18 February – FAC251, Manchester
19 February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20 February – Junction, PLymouth
21 February – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
22 February – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
23 February – Cobblestones, Bridgewater
24 February  – Penny Theatre, Canterbury

The Front Bottoms
New Jersey rockers The front Bottoms will be returning to the UK early next year in support of their new LP Going Grey, released on the 13 October via Fueled by Ramen, with special guests The Smith Street Band and Brick + Mortar. The tour will see them playing twelve shows across the country, kicking off on 9 February in Manchester and finishing off at London’s Roundhouse on 28 February:

09 February – The Albert Hall, MANCHESTER
10 February – Barrowland Ballroom, GLASGOW
11 February – O2 Academy, NEWCASTLE
13 February – Vicar Street, DUBLIN
14 February – Mandela Hall, BELFAST
16 February – O2 Academy, SHEFFIELD
17 February – Rock City, NOTTINGHAM
24 February – The Pyramids Centre, PORTSMOUTH
25 February – The Waterfront, NORWICH
26 February – O2 Institute, BIRMINGHAM
27 February – O2 Academy, BRISTOL
28 February – Roundhouse, LONDON

The Used
Utah four-piece The Used will be touring the UK throughout February with their seventh studio album The Canyon, which was released on 27 October via Hopeless Records. Vocalist Bert McCracken said about the follow-up to 2014’s Imaginary Enemy: “I’ve learned as an artist that a great idea is such a gift. If I don’t stop whatever it is I’m doing, even if while driving, if I don’t pull over at that moment, then maybe I didn’t deserve the idea to begin with. I learned to respect and worship the ideas in that way, that they are and will always be something sacred. Stopping in that moment was a brand new approach for us during this process.”

11 February – Rock City, Nottingham
12 February – O2 Ritz, Manchester
15 February – O2 Academy, Bristol
16 February – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather
Brian Fallon will be touring the UK in support of his upcoming second solo record Sleepwalkers of which he’s recently shared tracks Forget Me Not and If Your Prayers Don’t Get To Heaven. Together with The Howling Weather, Fallon’s new backing band, we can expect to hear new tracks he’s been working on and the on-stage charm we’ve come to know and love. What’s even better, Brian will be bringing along Dave Hause and The Mermaid. 

20 February – O2 Institute, Birmingham
21 February – O2 Ritz, Manchester
22 February – O2 ABC, Glasgow
23 February – KOKO, London
24 February – Rock City, Nottingham
25 February – SXW, Bristol
08 March – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
09 March – Beckett, Leeds

Whoever said pop-punk was dead clearly hasn’t listened to Waterparks. The band are set to release their sophomore record Entertainment on 26 January 2018 via Equal Vision Records and in celebration they will head on a UK headline tour in March. Just before Christmas the band released a festive video for their new acoustic track Lucky People which sees Awsten wrap himself in twinkling fairy lights.

1 March – Birmingham O2 Institute
2 March – Dublin Academy
3 March – Leeds Stylus
4 March – London KOKO
6 March – Glasgow O2 ABC
7 March – Manchester O2 Ritz
8 March – Cardiff Y-Plas
9 March – Southampton Engine Rooms
10 March – Brighton Concorde 2

Moose Blood
Moose Blood are returning to the UK in March in support of their upcoming album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore. The tour comes after a busy 2017 festival summer and extensive touring in the US and Australia. They last played the UK in October 2016, so this long-awaited return will have many British fan squealing with excitement. The emo rockers will be joined by Maryland trio The Dangerous Summer.

2 March – Rock City, Nottingham
3 March – Academy, Manchester
5 March – QMU, Glasgow
6 March – O2 Academy, Newcastle
8 March – O2 Institute, Birmingham
9 March – O2 Academy, Bristol
10 March – Roundhouse, London

All Time Low
Baltimore-natives All Time Low will be heading on their first UK headline tour since the release of their seventh studio album Last Young Renegade. The pop-punkers have also announced they’ll be playing their debut record So Wrong, It’s Right in full as support. UK fans have been eagerly waiting to get their chance to see the SWIR set on these shores as the album turns ten this year.

12 March – SECC, Glasgow
14 March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
15 March – Genting Arena, Birmingham
16 March – Manchester Arena
17 March – Alexandra Palace, London

Hot Water Music
Hot Water Music will play their first overseas show since 2012 in London next spring with a show at Electric Ballroom on 25 April. The Florida four-piece released their latest effort Light It Up last month and follow up their London date with dates lined up in Cologne, Berlin and Munich.

25 April – Electric Ballroom, London

Patti Smith
It’s been over thirty years since Patti Smith released her debut album Horses, and now the singer-songwriter and original New York punk girl is playing a few shows in the UK including a set at Cambridge Folk Festival and supporting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at All Points East Festival on 3 June.

2 June – Brighton Dome, Brighton
3 June – Victoria Park, London
5 June – O2 Apollo, Manchester
2 August – Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge

Country, folk & singer-songwriters to check out in 2018

Will Varley
Following 2016’s much praised debut album Kingsdown Sundown and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, Will Varley’s new record Spirit Of Minnie will be out on 9 February via Xtra Mile Recordings. The album release date will coincide with the final show of his headline tour in February 2018 at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

30 January – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
31 January – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
1 February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2 February – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
3 February – Club Academy, Manchester
6 February – 1865, Southampton
7 February – The Globe, Cardiff
8 February – Trinity Centre, Bristol
9 February – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The Wandering Hearts
In November, just after the news of The Wandering Hearts being awarded the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award award at the UK Americana Awards taking place at Hackney Empire next January, the band released their debut EP with title track Burning Bridges, out now via Decca Records. The band will be playing a string of headline shows across the UK next spring including a show at London’s Bush Hall o finish it all off. Support comes from Texas musician Jarrod Dickenson for the London show.

18 February – The Louisiana, Bristol
19 February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
21 February – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
22 February – Gullivers, Manchester
23 February – Broadcast, Glasgow
01 March – Bush Hall, London

Country To Country Festival
This year’s edition of C2C Festival has already announced a stellar lineup including massive headliners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill who are joined by Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves. But that’s not where the country goodness ends. You can also catch Kelsea Ballerini, Lukas Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Sugarland, Old Dominion, Morgan Evans and more.

9 – 11 March – London & Glasgow

Brothers Osborne
Country music duo Brothers Osborne will be back in the UK this year. John and TJ Osborne will head to Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow in May. In November the band won big at the 2017 CMA awards in Nashville when they scored an award for Vocal Duo of the Year and Music Video of the Year for It Ain’t My Fault (congrats again, boys!).

7 May – O2 Academy Bristol
8 May – Brighton Concorde 2
9 May – O2 Academy 2 Birmingham
11 May – Koko, London
12 May – O2 Ritz Manchester
13 May – The Garage, Glasgow