Rufus Wainwright has announced 10 not to be missed UK summer shows. Armed with one of modern music’s most distinctive back catalogues, an incredible voice and a between song chat to rival anyone in the business, these shows are expected to be a real treat for fans.
The son of legendary folkies Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, the flamboyant American-Canadian singer-songwriter has released eight studio albums, opening with his self-titled debut in May 1998. He released his landmark third album, Want One, in 2003, featuring contributions from Linda Thompson and his sister, Martha Wainwright.
Wainwright’s classic live album, Rufus Does Judy recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006 with a 36-piece orchestra was nominated for a Grammy Award. He performed the show in the UK at the Palladium in 2007 and later for two nights at the Royal Opera House in 2011. His opera Prima Donna premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2009.
In 2012, Wainwright released the critically-hailed Out Of The Game, which found him hooking up with in-demand production wunderkind Mark Ronson, famous for helming Grammy-winning albums by the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. Prima Donna, the double-vinyl issue of the opera he co-composed to the French-language libretto he’d co-authored with Bernadette Colomine was released to considerable acclaim through Deutsche Grammophon in 2015.
Rufus Wainwright is set to play the following UK shows:
Thursday 21 June: Basingstoke, The Anvil
Friday 22 June: Coventry, Coventry Cathedral
Saturday 23 June: Nottingham, The Royal Concert Hall
Monday 25 June: Whitley Bay, The Playhouse
Tuesday 26 June: Leeds, Town Hall
Thursday 28 June: Bath, Forum
Friday 29th June: Cambridge, The Corn Exchange
Saturday 30 June: Bexhill On Sea, De La Warr Pavilion
Monday 2 July: Edinburgh, Royal Lyceum Theatre
Tuesday 3 July: Edinburgh, Royal Lyceum Theatre.
Tickets for all the shows are now on sale from the artist’s website.
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