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Del Amitri announce UK 2018 tour

Story by Jack Foley

DEL Amitri will return in 2018 for a UK tour, which marks the celebrated Glaswegian band’s first run of dates since 2014.

The July 2018 tour includes original band members – Justin Currie (vocals, guitar), Iain Harvie (lead guitar), Andy Alston (keys), Kris Dollimore (guitar) and Ashley Soan (drums) – and will see Del Amitri headline Edinburgh Castle for the first time in 25 years.

The band will also return to London’s Hammersmith Apollo, where they played a sold-out show in January 2014 on The A To Z of Us Tour – their first UK dates for more than a decade.

Justin Currie commented: “25 years ago we played Edinburgh Castle to the biggest headline audience we’d ever been in front of. I wore a kilt and my bass didn’t work for the first two minutes during which we played the opening riff of The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere over and over again. We never recovered. This is our chance to make up for it. I won’t be wearing a kilt…”

Iain Harvie added: “From Nothing Ever Happens to Jesus Saves, there is a catalogue of Del Amitri songs that seem even more relevant now than when we wrote them.

“In this new millennium where everything changes and everything stays the same in an increasingly disorientating gyre of social and personal atomisation, the chance to lean against the bar and play our songs again to audiences around the UK just seems like something too right.”

Tickets go on general sale from 9am this Thursday, November 23.

The UK tour dates are (all July 2018)

20 – Newcastle City Hall
21 – Edinburgh Castle
22 – Manchester Apollo
23 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
25 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
26 – London Hammersmith Apollo