2 January 2018 | Live

2018: The tours that need to be on your radar

Seven must-see tours to catch in the new year


Written by Rosie Dodds

Kendrick Lamar

After dropping Damn in early 2017 - an album that picked up prizes at the American Music Awards as well as the BET Hip Hop Awards - the American rapper will be returning to UK stadiums in February. He’ll even be joined by English singer and producer, James Blake, just incase Kendrick alone wasn’t enough to make you think about selling one of your kidneys for a ticket.

Bon Iver

Following a brief hiatus between 2012 and 2016, indie folk band Bon Iver announced their official return to the music with the release of 22, A Million just over a year ago. They’ll be kicking off their UK tour in late February - have your Kleenex at the ready.

Dua Lipa

Having beaten Rihanna for the title of the most streamed woman of 2017, as well as being the first female solo artist to reach number one in the UK singles chart in almost two years, British artist Dua Lipa is arguably the world’s favourite popstar at the moment. Catch her first major UK tour in early April.


The founding father of neo-soul will bless us with a one-off UK tour date in early March. A master of nine instruments - which he’s been known to play all in one sitting - D’Angelo is still captivating audiences well into his forties.


Legendary emo pop band Paramore are back with another tour following the release of their latest album, After Laughter, in May 2017. The first in their set of five UK tour dates starts next week at the Motorpoint Arena.


With his 12th album set to drop two days before the start of a new tour in late February, Wiley will soon be proving why he’s just been awarded an MBE. That’s right, a new album AND a tour from the Godfather of Grime, all in one year. This one is said to be his last album ever, so get in quick if you haven’t already.

Stefflon Don

As a finalist for the Brits Critics’ Choice Award 2018 and an artist featured on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 longlist, Stefflon Don has already made a big name for herself despite only arriving on the scene in 2016. You can see what all the hype is about in early March.