Photo by Donna Lewis
David Byrne, who begins the sold-out UK leg of his American Utopia World Tour on Thursday, has announced that he will bring the tour back to the UK and to Ireland for nine arena shows this autumn, including concerts at the O2 Arena in London, Manchester Arena, Hydro in Glasgow, 3Arena in Dublin, and more. Benjamin Clementine, who recently completed a run of North American dates on Byrne’s tour, will be Byrne’s special guest for the UK and Irish dates. Byrne has also announced that he will take his tour to Australia and New Zealand in November. Additionally, he has added a second performance at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, on September 16, after the first sold out, and a night at Bass Hall in Austin in October.
Byrne will perform songs from his new album, American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will 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. It will be Byrne's first tour of New Zealand since 2009.
The recent North American leg of the tour brought critical acclaim everywhere it's landed.
"One of the most inspired, intriguing, energetic and joyful concerts in recent memory," exclaimed the Calgary Herald. "To call it unique hardly does it justice."
"It's honestly hard to believe the amazingness of David Byrne's live show," said Seattle Weekly. "Byrne radiates a joy while performing that few—if any—musicians can match."
"Already the toast of Coachella, Byrne's new road show was a knockout," wrote Rolling Stone's David Fricke.
"A marvel of staging and motion that was at once utterly novel and oddly comforting," said the Chicago Tribune, "the evening proved a celebration of Byrne's music at its most rhythmic and transcendent."
For all the latest ticket details on the complete tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
To pick up a copy of the album American Utopia, head to your local music store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. You can also listen to the album on Spotify and Apple Music.
DAVID BYRNE NEW TOUR DATES
Sep 16 Kings Theater (second date added) Brooklyn, NY
Oct 10 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX
Oct 21 First Direct Arena* Leeds, UK
Oct 22 Hydro* Glasgow, UK
Oct 24 3Arena* Dublin, IRELAND
Oct 26 Genting Arena* Birmingham, UK
Oct 27 Motorpoint Arena* Cardiff, UK
Oct 29 O2 Arena* London, UK
Oct 30 Brighton Centre* Brighton, UK
Nov 1 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham* Nottingham, UK
Nov 2 Manchester Arena* Manchester, UK
Nov 13 TBS Bank Arena Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Nov 15 Horncastle Arena Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Nov 17 Spark Arena Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Nov 20 ICC Sydney Theatre Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Nov 21 Convention Centre Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA
Nov 24 Margaret Court Arena Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Nov 25 AEC Theatre Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
* w/special guest Benjamin Clementine