The Pretenders Announce 2024 UK Headline Tour Dates
The Pretenders have announced a headline theatre tour across the UK beginning 24 February 2024 at Gateshead’s The Glasshouse, and closing on 6 March at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. The tour will take in nine shows, featuring two performances at The London Palladium on 28 and 29 February. Tickets are on sale here from 10:00 GMT on 10th November 2023.
The news follows five sold out club gigs performed through October 2023 – high energy performances at London’s Electric Ballroom, Manchester’s O2 Ritz and Glasgow’s Barrowlands were feverishly received, with the band’s live show described as “iconic” by the Evening Standard, “legendary” by the Sun On Sunday and “outrageously good” by Louder Than War.
The 2024 headline theatre tour arrives in the wake of The Pretenders’ new album, Relentless, their highest-charting record in 23 years, and the 14th UK Top 40 release of their career. The new songs have been met with high critical praise, described by MOJO as “persistently brilliant songwriting … surely how Chrissie Hynde always wanted The Pretenders to sound”. The Observer heard “inspiring longevity”, Record Collector applauded “the best Pretenders album in 20 years” in a five star review, and Uncut magazine labelled the album “the new prime of Chrissie Hynde”. Elsewhere The Times proclaimed, “this is the Pretenders at their rocking best” and the i newspaper praised “a statement of intent”, while The Telegraph confirmed “Relentless might just be one of the most thrilling things you’ll hear all year.”
2023 has seen The Pretenders emphatically fulfil their non-stop touring schedule – the past year alone has seen the band perform over 60 gigs across the UK, US and Europe.
The Pretenders – 2024 UK headline tour dates
24 Gateshead, The Glasshouse
25 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
26 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
28 London, Palladium
29 London, Palladium
2 Oxford, New Theatre
3 Bristol, Beacon
5 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
6 Birmingham, Symphony Hall