Jehnny Beth, Sinead O’Brien, Anna Calvi among supports for Idles’ 2021 UK and Ireland tour

Anna Calvi performing at The Great Escape festival in Brighton (Jessica Bartolini / Live4ever)

Anna Calvi performing at The Great Escape festival in Brighton (Jessica Bartolini / Live4ever)

Stick your head above the parapet, whether you mean to or not, and someone will take a pot shot.

Idles have both set and demanded some high standards for themselves during the past few years, so the recent criticism surrounding their support of female artists as a band which quite literally exclaims ‘feminism’ is perhaps, in turn, both justified and unjustified.

Whatever the debate, they’ve moved quickly to address it by announcing an all-female backing cast for their UK and Ireland tour which is booked for May/June 2021.

It’ll be one of their closest allies, Jehnny Beth, who’ll be providing support for most of the dates (offering an opportunity for her guest role on Ultra Mono to be reprised), along with Big Joanie, while big Live4ever favourites Sinead O’Brien and Anna Calvi will be joining for the four-night run at the Brixton Academy in London, as are Witch Fever, Cate Le Bon, Shopping and Wych Elm.

Tour dates:

April 2021
12 – Southampton, The 1865 (with Vinilo Records)
13 – Portsmouth, Guildhall (with Pie & Vinyl)
15 – Brighton, Concorde 2 (with Resident)
16 – Hull, The Adelphi Club (with HMV)
17 – Newcastle, Boiler Shop (with HMV)
19 – Dundee, Fat Sams (with Assai Records)
20 – Leeds, Beckett (with Crash Records)
22 – Oxford, O2 Academy (with Truck)
23 – London, Pryzm (with Banquet Records)
25,26 – Bristol, Louisiana (with Friendly Records)

May 2021
7,8,9 – Glasgow, Barrowlands, UK
10 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall, UK
12 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena, UK
13 – Birmingham, O2 Academy, UK
14 – Sheffield, O2 Academy, UK
16,17,18 – Dublin, Vicar Street, Ireland
20,21,22 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse, UK
29 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands, UK
31 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany

June 2021
1 – Muffathalle, Munich, Germany
3 – Fabrique, Milan, Italy
7 – Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
8 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
10 – Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
11 – Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
15 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
18, 19,20,21 – London, Brixton Academy, UK

July 2021
4 – Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
5 – E-Werk, Cologne, Germany

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