The Pretenders Announce a UK Tour in 2023, Including a Stop at The Great Escape


The Pretenders have announced a series of concerts that will take place in the UK and Ireland this spring.

The band will release their 12th album “Relentless” later this year, although no release date has been announced yet. It will be the sequel to “Hate For Sale” in 2020.

They will begin their “Relentless Tour” with a stop at The Great Escape on May 12, where they are scheduled to perform on The Independent Stage as part of an exclusive set. Access to the show will be provided through the festival bracelet, tickets have already gone on sale.

After The Great Escape on May 13, the band will go to the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, followed by concerts in Cambridge, Frome, Stoke, Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. Tickets will be available this Wednesday, March 22, at 10:00. Tickets to the UK can be found here, and tickets to Ireland can be found here.

After their solo performances, The Pretenders will also headline the first Midnight Sun Weekender in Stornoway on May 25, and Primal Scream and John Fogerty will also be in the lineup for the weekend. You can find out more details and buy tickets to the festival here.

In February of this year, the band embarked on a short intimate tour of the UK as part of Independent Venues Week. The series of concerts began at the Institute of the Deaf in Manchester on February 5, and then stopped in Newcastle, London, Brighton and Bristol.

Meanwhile, singer, guitarist and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde last released her own work in 2021 with The Pretenders’ lead guitarist James Walborn.

The album features covers of Bob Dylan songs titled “Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan”.

In other news last week, Hynde shared her thoughts on diversity in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling it “complete nonsense.”

This month, Courtney Love started a conversation about being included in the prestigious club, calling for more female performers to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while emphasizing that there were “few” former black inductees in the past.

Hynde, who was inducted into the hall with The Pretenders in 2005, then took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the subject, saying she “doesn’t even want to be associated” with the institution.

“Apart from Neil Young’s involvement in the induction process, all this was and remains complete nonsense,” she added. “It has absolutely nothing to do with rock and roll, and anyone who thinks that is a fool.”


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