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.

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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