Michael Kiwanuka has announced details of his rescheduled tour dates for 2021, after the coronavirus outbreak forced him to shelve his shows for this year.
Kiwanuka, who bagged his first Mercury Prize nomination yesterday (July 23), will hit the road in March and April next year, before following that up with his biggest shows to date in September 2021.
The first run will kick off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on March 26, taking in shows in Hull, Manchester, Blackpool, Leicester, Plymouth, Brighton and Leeds before wrapping up on April 6 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The second run of dates begin with shows at Newcastle 02 Academy (September 15) and Cambridge Corn Exchange (September 16), before concluding with a huge date at London’s Alexandra Palace on September 17.
UK folks, in line with the Covid guidelines we have had to push the tour back to next year. If you’ve bought a ticket, it will remain valid so keep a hold of it. Really missing playing live for you and can’t wait to get back out on the road to pick up where we left off. pic.twitter.com/CKah15yTKM
— Michael Kiwanuka (@michaelkiwanuka) July 24, 2020
Kiwanuka wrote on Instagram: “UK folks, with respect to and in line with the Covid guidelines we have had to push the tour dates back to next year. If you’ve bought a ticket, it will remain valid so keep a hold of it.
“Really missing playing live for you and can’t wait to get back out on the road to pick up where we left off! Love and miss y’all and hope you’re keeping safe.”
Last month, Michael Kiwanuka shared his support for Black Lives Matter in an impassioned message on social media.
“The way so much of the world has been designed has often caused me and so many other black people psychological damage,” he wrote.
“We so often hear that we are lesser than because we are black. We are a label, a token, a statistic, and we can be dehumanised. I’ve spoken about it in my music but I wanted to declare in words that I’m proud to be black. We are so beautiful and have such a wonderful history of strength, overcoming, talent, innovation, creativity, invention and love.”