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20 March 2023

Pretenders Announce ‘Relentless’ Tour Of UK & Ireland

Pretenders Relentless UK Ireland Tour
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Pretenders have announced a run of UK and Ireland shows for the spring, entitled the ‘Relentless’ tour.

Led by iconic vocalist Chrissie Hynde, the band will head to Nottingham, Cambridge, Frome, Stoke, Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Belfast between 13 May and 23 May.

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The Relentless Tour shares its name with the group’s forthcoming 12th studio album, which is due out later in 2023, though details including a release date are still to be unveiled. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 22.

Ahead of the trek, the group will perform at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, headlining The Independent Stage at The Old Market on May 12. They’ll also headline the inaugural Midnight Sun Weekender in Stornoway on May 25.

In February, Pretenders, along Steve Earle and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real were among the newly-added names to this year’s Black Deer Festival. The annual celebration of rock, Americana, country, and beyond takes place at Eridge Park in Kent on 16-18 June.

Earle will play solo and acoustic at the festival, for which the other notable new names include Midlake, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Bear’s Den, and Far From Saints, the new project featuring Kelly Jones of Stereophonics and Austin’s Patty Lynn, of The Wind and The Wave.

They join the first tranche of artists who were announced by Black Deer in November, such as Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lucinda Williams, the Teskey Brothers, Calexico, and Allison Russell.

Pretenders’ ‘Relentless’ tour dates are as follows:

Sat May 13 2023 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Sun May 14 2023 – CAMBRIDGE Mash
Tue May 16 2023 – FROME Cheese and Grain
Wed May 17 2023 – STOKE Sugarmill
Fri May 19 2023 – LIMERICK Dolans
Sat May 20 2023 – CORK Cyprus Avenue
Sun May 21 2023 – DUBLIN 3 Olympia Theatre
Tue May 23 2023 – BELFAST Limelight
Thu May 25 2023 – STORNOWAY Lewis Castle.

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