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15 December 2022

The Pretenders Announce Intimate UK shows

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The Pretenders have announced a short, intimate UK tour for Independent Venues Week. Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (December 16) at 10am GMT here.

The announcement follows a post by Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde on her Instagram account in which she talked about the band’s new album, Relentless (due next year), and spoke about what touring means to her and the band. The letter reads:

“Hi All!

Suffering here being off the road. Going to try to map out some touring for next year soon.
More UK and Europe.

We’ve spent most of our touring life in the States…. never even been to Poland! It’s been years since we’ve been to France and Spain and Germany and Italy and Scandinavia, Holland. Belgium.
I ❤️ Belgium. One of the reasons we got in a band was to see the world. Stick to the plan!

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And we have a new album coming out, Relentless. For some reason which I don’t quite understand, it takes ages to get an album out these days, ie: waiting for vinyl factories. I’m not even sure if we have a record deal. I’ll have to ask my management if I remember.
But no point waiting around for a new record before we hit the road.

As I explained in my last post, we’re going to have to go into bigger venues or else it’s straight to the poor house. As long as we break even I’ll be happy. I’ve never liked arenas and I loathe stadiums as I’ve said many times. Stadiums are for sports.
2000 capacity is Optimus!
I’m not sure if Optimus is a word but you get my drift.

The Pretenders have also just been announced for the Midnight Sun Weekender, to be held at Lewis Castle, Stornoway. Running from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th of May 2023, the festival will alsp boast live performances from Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Ocean Colour Scene, Public Service Broadcasting and Honeyblood, among many others.

The Pretenders’ UK tour dates 2023:

05 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
06 – Newcastle upon Tyne, Cluny
07 – London, Lafayette
09 – Brighton, Chalk
10 – Bristol, Thekla

25 –Stornoway, Lewis Castle

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