Live music is returning. What a time!
The performances at last night's BRIT Awards 2021 had one of the biggest UK audiences since the pandemic. Seeing 4000 maskless people in the O2 Arena audience was a wonderful sight. It got us excited for when we might be able to go to live gigs too.
So we decided to make a comprehensive list of all the UK dates BRIT Award winners are playing in 2021.
Sadly not all of the winners have UK dates announced right now. The artists not touring in the near future include Billie Eilish, J Hus, and Taylor Swift. However, there's plenty of great gigs to check out below.
The young soulful indie sensation is one of the most exciting artists in the UK right now. It's only further evidenced by her winning British Breakthrough last night. Parks' tracks are dreamy, guitar driven, and full of beautiful lyricism. She's the perfect fresh act to watch, softly cry, and sway to live. Fortunately for you, Arlo Parks has a huge list of dates from July through to December 2021 in the UK, Europe and USA as she's touring her acclaimed debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams.
All of these except for the festival, All Points East, have sold out. That being said, if you want to try and nab second-hand tickets, the UK dates are:
Arts Club, Liverpool (August 3) - sold out
O2 Academy2, Oxford (August 17) - sold out
All Points East, London (August 27)*
Thekla, Bristol (September 06) - sold out
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (September 07) - sold out
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (September 08) - sold out
Village Underground, London (September 12) - sold out
The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (September 14) - sold out
Gorilla, Manchester (September 16) - sold out
Chalk, Brighton (September 17) - sold out
SWX, Bristol (November 01) - sold out
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (November 03 and 04) - sold out
Manchester Academy 2, Manchester (November 09)
Saint Luke's, Glasgow (November 10) - sold out
Liquid Room, Edinburgh (November 11) - sold out
Dua Lipa bagged both British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album (for the sensational Future Nostalgia) last night making her the only artist to win multiple BRITs in 2021. Lipa is everything good about pop, a splash of disco, singable choruses, and energising bass lines. It's bound to pop off live.
See Dua Lipa on the following dates:
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (September 10)
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (September 11)
Utilita Arena, Newcastle (September 13)
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (September 15)
AO Arena, Manchester (September 16)
First Direct Arena, Leeds (September 21)
The O2 Arena, London (September 24, 25)
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (September 27)
Utilita Arena, Birmingham (September 28)
Winner of the Rising Star award (formerly known as Critic's Choice) Griff's wonderful voice and bouncy tracks are quickly making the twenty-year-old her a household name. Griff has a couple of semi-intimate dates in the Autumn, it might be the last time you can own the "I saw Griff before she became a global star" card.
HAIM were pleasantly surprised to win the International Group award. The three sisters have had a steady rise from cult classics to best sellers. Their dreamy mix of '70s rock, synth and moody alternative r&b is wholly unique. Their shows are also always a wholesome time, given their chemistry and charisma. Never one to be missed.
HAIM are playing the following UK dates:
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (September 23)
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (September 24)
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (September 25)
O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (September 27, 28) - sold out
The O2 Arena, London (September 30)
There's also a date at the Millennium Square, Leeds being rescheduled. We're guessing it'll slot near the confirmed dates above, but there's nothing confirmed just yet.
Winner of Best British Single for 'Watermelon Sugar' and also likely best male suit, Harry Styles was due to tour Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, and London in February and March 2021. However, the dates were rescheduled because of the obvious. New dates have yet to be announced, but it's worth keeping an eye out here.
The winners of Best British Group aren't touring this year, but they are due to tour the UK extensively in April and May 2022. There might well be two little Little Mixes around by then too! Little Mix are a blend of all things fun, it'll be an electric gig to have on your 2022 list.
You can find out more information here.
Ladies and gentlemen, The Weekend is (at the time of writing) the second most streamed artist on Spotify in the world. It makes a lot of sense, then, that he won this year's International Male Solo Artist award. With a unique blend of pop, hip-hop and r&b, The Weekend (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) has become the biggest Canadian artist since Drake. Come for euphoric and tender pop, stay for nice suits and meme-able camera antics.
The UK dates are:
The O2 Arena, London (October 06, 07, 08, 16; and November 16)
AO Arena, Manchester (October 10)
Utilita Arena, Birmingham (October 11)
The SSE Arena, Belfast (October 13)
Utilita Arena, Newcastle (October 15)
The O2 Arena, London (October 16)
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (November 15)
*Means the artist is playing at a festival on this day.
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