Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and recent Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka has announced he’ll be postponing a portion of his 2021 UK tour.
Originally scheduled to hit the road later this month in support of his critically-acclaimed third album, KIWANUKA, the tour will now run from late June 2021 to May 2022.
Kiwanuka has joined the likes of other musicians, such as Taylor Swift, who’ve had to reschedule their dates amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for these rearranged dates.
After he announced the new tour dates on social media today, Kiwanuka thanked his fans for their continued patience stating, “I want you all to know that it truly is an understatement when I say how much I’ve missed seeing you out on the road at shows,” he explained in a handwritten message.
“I was so excited to give you Kiwanuka live. Myself and the band had been working hard to put together a live show that reflects how much your love and support means to me. However, even though we’ve been receiving some very good news through the vaccine, and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, I will sadly still have to postpone the planned UK tour.”
This marks the second postponement of Kiwanuka’s tour after he previously contracted acute viral laryngitis last year and was forced to cancel a portion of his spring 2020 tour.
Previously announced shows for Dublin and Edinburgh this summer remain unaffected, with the dates falling after the government’s proposed plan to remove all COVID restrictions by June 21.
Released in November of 2019, KIWANUKA was an all-around success with fans and critics alike. As his third studio album, it revealed a different side to the UK soul singer as he paired his rich, melancholic vocals to a wider variety of eclectic instrumentation and created a more vibrant sound.
In 2020, the album won the most coveted award in British and Irish music, taking home the Hyundai Mercury Prize for that year.
Visit the official artist site for ticket details and view the updated tour itinerary below.
28 – DUBLIN Trinity College
09 – EDINBURGH Princes Street Gardens
06 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
08 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
09 – LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
11 – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
13 – BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom
14 – HULL Bonus Arena
17 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
18 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
20 – BRIGHTON Centre
21 – PLYMOUTH Pavilions
23 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
25 – LONDON Alexandra Palace