Johnny Marr is rearing to get back on the road with his band, today confirming a string of UK headline shows this summer, kicking things off on the 17th of July at Holmfirth’s Picturedrome before hitting Lincoln’s Engine Shed (18th), Northampton’s Roadmender (20th) and the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall (27th). The live dates will continue through August including performances at Wrexham’s Rockin Chair (9th), Frome’s Cheese & Grain (16th), the Plymouth SU Main Hall (17th) and Middlesbrough Empire (25th). All tickets will go on general sale this Friday 28th April at 10:00 BST here.
The headline shows join a busy summer festival schedule that will see Johnny Marr and his band perform at Pennfest, South Facing Festival, Lakefest, Beautiful Days, Hardwick Festival, Helsinki Festival, Victorious and more, all set to take place through July, August and September 2023.
The 2023 live run is also set to include two huge shows at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre and Belfast’s Vital Festival with The Killers. An extension of Johnny’s 33-date tour across Canada and North America as special guest to the band through Autumn 2022.
2022 saw the release of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, Johnny Marr’s fourth album since launching his solo career a decade ago with 2013’s ‘The Messenger’. Debuting at #4 in the UK albums chart on its release, the album marked Johnny’s highest charting solo LP to date, and was widely received as a career-best by fans and media.
The album’s release lit the touchpaper for a landmark year that saw Johnny headline the BBC 6 Music Festival, tour with Blondie as the special guest at their ‘Against The Odds’ arena shows, including a performance at London’s O2, and a three-month arena tour across Canada and North America with The Killers.
Returning to the UK, Johnny launched The Johnny Marr Award, a new funding initiative in partnership with The Salford Foundation Trust to support the next generation of young musicians from the Salford community. Never one to sit still creatively, later in the year Johnny contributed to ‘Pretty Boy’, the first single to be revealed from long-time friend and collaborator Noel Gallagher’s upcoming new solo album ‘Council Skies’, on which Johnny performs on several tracks.
Looking ahead, October 2023 will see the publication of ‘Marr’s Guitars’, a stunning new photography book presenting the most significant of Marr’s extensive collection of electric and acoustic guitars, revealing through them the evolution of his iconic sound and style of playing. Including personal reflections and insights written by Johnny, and photographs shot by Pat Graham, each guitar is identified with a crucial moment, a specific song or a particular sound, and each embodies a key aspect of Marr’s lifelong passion. Pre-Order ‘Marr’s Guitars’ via Thames & Hudson here.
Tickets for Johnny Marr’s 2023 Summer live shows are on sale here with further activity soon to be announced.
Newly Announced Summer Headline Shows
17 Picturedrome, Holmfirth
18 Engine Shed, Lincoln
20 Roadmender, Northampton
27 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
9 The Rockin Chair, Wrexham
16 Cheese and Grain, Frome
17 SU Main Hall, Plymouth
25 Empire, Middlesbrough
Summer Festival Dates, Now On Sale
21 Pennfest, Buckinghamshire
28 South Facing Festival, Crystal Palace
10 Lakefest, Hertfordshire
18 Beautiful Days, Devon
20 Hardwick Festival, Durham
23 Helsinki Festival, Helsinki
26 The Piece Hall, Halifax
27 Victorious, Portsmouth
29 Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh (with The Killers)
1 Vital Festival, Belfast (with The Killers)
Photo credit: Fraser Taylor