THE BARD of Barking, conscious songwriter and lyricist extraordinaire, provider of mushroom biryanis to John Peel, and a steadfast political commentator: national treasure Billy Bragg has announced an 22-date tour of Britain and Ireland for autumn 2021. It’s a way away, but that’s got to be something to look forward to.

Billy says: In these challenging times, we all need something to hang on to.

“Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 have been disrupted by the pandemic, but today I’m announcing an extensive UK and Irish tour for this time next year to give me something tangible to work towards.

“My hope is that, by then, we’ll be able to get together again and enjoy the uplift that live music brings, to audience and performer alike. Hope to see you next autumn.” Tickets go on sale at 10am this Friday.

The full tour itinerary is as follows:

Thursday, October 21st, Gateshead, Sage Gateshead;
Friday, October 22nd, Dundee, Fat Sam’s;
Saturday, October 23rd, Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom;
Tuesday, October 26th, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall;
Wednesday, October 27th, Oxford, New Theatre;
Thursday, October 28th, Birmingham, Symphony Hall;
Saturday, October 30th, Cardiff, St David’s Hall;
Sunday, October 31st, Southampton, 02 Guildhall;
Tuesday, November 2nd, Belfast, Ulster Hall;
Thursday, November 4th, Dublin, Vicar Street;
Saturday, November 6th, Galway, Black Box Theatre;
Wednesday, November 10th, Reading, Hexagon;
Thursday, November 11th, Exeter, University Great Hall;
Friday, November 12th, Bristol, 02 Academy;
Tuesday, November 16th, Guildford, G Live;
Thursday, November 18th, Cambridge, Corn Exchange;
Friday, November 19th, Nottingham, Rock City;
Saturday, November 20th, Manchester, Albert Hall;
Sunday, November 21st, Sheffield, City Hall;
Tuesday, November 23rd, Brighton, Dome;
Thursday, November 25th, Southend-on- Sea, Cliffs Pavilion;
Friday, November 26th, Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall, and
Saturday, November 27th, London, Camden Roundhouse.

Tickets may be purchased from 10am this Friday, October 16th, at www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistings