Venues and dates for Michael Kiwanuka’s new tour
Michael Kiwanuka is going on tour next year in support of his third album Kiwanuka which is out now.
Michael’s number 1 album Love & Hate, released four years ago, resonated broadly both critically and in the public’s affections, netting the British musician his second Mercury Prize nomination.
Recorded in New York, LA and London, Michael returned to the studio with Danger Mouse and Inflo, the same production team that combined so on Love & Hate.
Kiwanuka finds a new assuredness in Michael’s writing, and takes the basic sonic blueprint of that last record to a dizzying new realm.
It is peppered with some of the best songs of Michael’s career to date. At its heart is a song called Hero; a scorched epic that propagates the essence of the whole record into a sub five minute psych-fuzz song.
Themes include Michael’s confusion and questioning of his own identity.
“The last album came from an introspective place and felt like therapy, I guess. This one is more about feeling comfortable in who I am and asking what I want to say. Like, how could I be bold and challenge myself and the listener? It is about self-acceptance in a more triumphant rather than melancholy way. It’s an album that explores what it means to be a human being today.
“When I first signed a record deal, people would ask me, ‘So what are you going to be called?’. I never thought of that; calling myself Johnny Thunders or whatever.
“So, on this album it’s kind of a defiant thing; I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even though everyone’s telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.”
Tour dates for 2021Friday March 26: O2 Academy, GlasgowSaturday March 27: Bonus Arena, HullTuesday March 30: Empress Ballroom, BlackpoolThursday April 1: De Montfort Hall, LeicesterFriday April 2: Plymouth PavilionsSaturday April 3: Brighton CentreMonday April 5: O2 Academy, LeedsTuesday April 6: O2 Academy, BrixtonWednesday September 15: O2 Academy, NewcastleThursday September 16: Corn Exchange, CambridgeFriday September 17: Alexandra Palace, London