Gig guide UK 2021: best gigs and concert tickets to book now- from Yungblud, Arlo Parks, to Alanis Morissette

After extending lockdown restrictions, gigs and tours are finally back across the UK. From Mercury Prize winner Arlo Parks, to UK classic bands like Soft Cell and Suede, here are the gigs to attend this autumn

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It’s been a long time coming, but now it seems as if the gig circuit may be back up and running, almost as normal.

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Venues are full once more with the sound of roaring fans and screeching guitars as crowds pack in to watch their favourite acts and bands.

But who should you go and see this autumn?

Here’s our guide to some of the hottest tickets in town for the rest of the year.

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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

In 2019, Morissette announced a UK tour to mark the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, however those dates had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tour was later confirmed as being rescheduled to November 2021 with new dates added in Leeds and London.

  • 15 November - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 16 November - First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 18 November - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 21 November - AO Arena, Manchester
  • 23 November - O2, London
  • 24 November - O2, London
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Ash

Ash

The indie rock trio are heading over from Northern Ireland to play a number of shows celebrating Teenage Wildlife, their 25 year anniversary retrospective collection of hits, so expect to hear a lot of your favourites.

  • 15 September - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
  • 16 September - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
  • 18 September - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 19 September - O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • 21 September - SWG3, Glasgow
  • 22 September - O2 Ritz, Manchester
  • 25 September - Roundhouse, London
  • 5 December - Picturedrome, Holmfirth
  • 16 December - Limelight, Belfast
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Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks

The young poet/singer from London (and recent Mercury Prize winner), goes on tour in November, playing tracks from the critically adored Collapsed In Sunbeams.

  • 16 September - Gorilla, Manchester
  • 17 September - Chalk, Brighton
  • 3 November - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
  • 4 November - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
  • 8 November - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 9 November - Academy 2, Manchester
  • 10 November - Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
  • 11 November - Liquid Room, Edinburgh
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Blondie + Garbage

Blondie + Garbage

New York new-wave and Wisconsin alt rock combine for the former’s first UK tour in four years as the enigmatic twosome of Shirley Manson and Debbie Harry hit the road.

  • 6 November - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 8 November - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 9 November - AO Arena, Manchester
  • 11 November - Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 12 November - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • 14 November - Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 16 November - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 18 November - O2, London
  • 20 November - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 21 November - First Direct Arena, Leeds
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The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Tim Burgess and his merry band of genre-fusing Charlatans head out on an extensive UK tour that rocks up right to the door of Christmas.

  • 22 November - Limelight, Belfast
  • 26 November - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 27 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 29 November - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • 30 November - O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • 2 December - O2 Academy, Oxford
  • 3 December - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • 4 December - O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 6 December - Engine Shed, Lincoln
  • 8 December - Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
  • 9 December - O2 City Hall, Newcastle
  • 10 December - O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 12 December - Nick Rayns LCR UEA, Norwich
  • 16 December - Rock City, Nottingham
  • 17 December - O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 18 December - O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • 20 December - Music Hall, Aberdeen
  • 21 December - O2 Academy, Edinburgh
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Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fatboy Slim started streaming from home unveiling a series of 20 lockdown mixes every Friday during the summer.

In early 2021, Fatboy Slim announced the return of his popular in-the-round shows as part of the We’ve Come A Long Long Way Together Tour in November 2021

  • 23 October - Telegraph Building, Belfast
  • 4 November - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 5 November - SSE Arena Wembley, London
  • 6 November - International Centre, Bournemouth
  • 10 November - Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 11 November - Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 12 November - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • 13 November - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 19 November - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 20 November - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
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Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C.

The Irish indie-rockers finally get a chance to tour their critically acclaimed - and UK number 2 charting - album A Hero’s Death, after 18 months of coronavirus delays.

  • 2 October - Guild of Students Mountford Hall, Liverpool
  • 3 October - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 4 October - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • 6 October - Academy, Manchester
  • 7 October - Academy, Manchester
  • 8 October - Academy, Manchester
  • 9 October - O2 Guildhall, Southampton
  • 11 October - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 12 October - Rock City, Nottingham
  • 13 October - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 14 October - University Students Union, Cardiff
  • 16 October - O2 Academy, Sheffield
  • 17 October - O2 City Hall, Newcastle
  • 19 October - Barrowland, Glasgow
  • 20 October - Barrowland, Glasgow
  • 22 October - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
  • 23 October - O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 25 October - Forum, Bath
  • 26 October - O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • 27 October - Alexandra Palace, London
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Ghetts

Ghetts

Hot on the heels of his Conflict Of Interest album, the East London rapper and grime veteran is doing a November UK tour.

  • 14 November - Albert Hall, Manchester
  • 17 November - O2 Institute, Birmingham
  • 18 November - SWX, Bristol
  • 20 November - Roundhouse, London
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The Libertines

The Libertines

The volatile rock ‘n’ roll revivalists fronted by the mercurial Pete Doherty announced “a Christmas jaunt” called the Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour visiting cities across the UK in November and December 2021.

  • 20 November - Winter Gardens, Margate
  • 23 November - O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • 25 November - O2 Academy,Bournemouth
  • 26 November - Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • 27 November - Nick Rayns LCR UEA, Norwich
  • 29 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 30 November - O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 1 December - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  • 3 December - O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • 4 December - Guild of Students Mountford Hall, Liverpool
  • 6 December - Academy, Manchester
  • 7 December - O2 Academy, Leicester
  • 9 December - University Students Union, Cardiff
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The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang announced a UK headline tour originally scheduled to take place in March and April 2021. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but now they’re out on the road and able to play tracks from new album, Death Of The Party.

  • 10 October - Tramshed, Cardiff
  • 11 October - O2 Academy, Oxford
  • 12 October - 1865, Southampton
  • 13 October - Chalk, Brighton
  • 14 October - Rock City, Nottingham
  • 15 October - Guildhall, Gloucester
  • 17 October - O2 Institute2, Birmingham
  • 19 October - Beat Generator Live!, Dundee
  • 20 October - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
  • 21 October - SWG3, Glasgow
  • 22 October - Waterfront, Norwich
  • 23 October - O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • 24 October - Leadmill, Sheffield
  • 25 October - O2 Ritz, Manchester
  • 26 October - EartH, London
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Soft Cell

Soft Cell

Marc Almond and Dave Ball are playing a series of shows to preview tracks from *Happiness Not Included as well as perform their seminal 1981 debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret in full for the first time.

  • 10 November - O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • 12 November - O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 13 November - O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 15 November - Eventim Apollo, London
  • 16 November - Eventim Apollo, London
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Suede

Soft Cell

The band that kick-started Britpop is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album Coming Up, a record that includes hits like ‘Trash’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’.

  • 3 November - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  • 5 November - Rock City, Nottingham
  • 6 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 7 November - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 9 November - O2 Academy, Leeds
  • 10 November - O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 11 November - Alexandra Palace, London
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Yungblud

Yungblud

Following sold-out 2019 tours, cross-genre artist Yungblud is doing a series of shows in London, Glasgow and Nottingham as well as his huge Life On Mars UK tour in autumn 2021.

  • 27 September - Dome, Brighton
  • 28 September - O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • 29 September - Pavilions, Plymouth
  • 1 October - Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2 October - Guildhall, Portsmouth
  • 4 October - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 5 October - O2 Academy, Bristol
  • 7 October - O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 8 October - O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • 9 October - Dome, Doncaster
  • 11 October - O2 Academy, Edinburgh
  • 12 October - O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • 14 October - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 15 October - O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • 16 October - University of Leeds Refectory, Leeds
  • 18 October - Guild of Students Mountford Hall, Liverpool
  • 19 October - Guild of Students Mountford Hall, Liverpool
  • 7 December - Barrowland, Glasgow
  • 8 December - Barrowland, Glasgow
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