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The Blinders announce headline UK tour (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

WITH their debut album Columbia dropping on September 21, 2018, The Blinders have announced they will follow the release with an extensive UK headline tour throughout October and November.

The 22-date tour, The Blinders second headline tour of 2018, kicks off in their adopted hometown of Manchester at Academy 2 on October 15 and includes a show at London’s The Garage on November 7.

The fast-rising alt-rock trio, whose current single L’Etat C’Est Moi has been playlisted at 6Music, played sold-out shows in London and Manchester last week.

The tour dates are (all October and November 2018)


15 – Manchester Academy 2
16 – Newcastle The Cluny
18 – Hull The Adelphi
19 – Cardiff SWN Festival
20 – Cardiff SWN Festival
22 – Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill
23 – Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
24 – Nottingham Bodega
25 – Derby The Venue
26 – Sheffield Plug
28 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
29 – Liverpool Buyers Club
30 – Aberdeen, Drummonds


1 – Preston The Ferret
2 – York The Crescent
3 – Lincoln 2Q Festival
5 – Oxford The Bullingdon
6 – Cambridge The Portland Arms
7 – London The Garage
9 – Southampton Heartbreakers
10 – Brighton The Haunt
11 – Bristol Thekla

Ticket pre-sale begins from tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12) from here

Tickets go on general sale from Thursday, June 14 from here

The Blinders are Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals, word), Charlie McGough (bass guitar), and Matthew Neale (drums, backing vocals).

Growing up in Doncaster, the trio met at school and were originally inspired by local heroes Arctic Monkeys, though for Columbia, which was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton, they draw on influences as diverse as The Smiths, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kanye West.

Now based in Manchester, The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.