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The Pretenders Rescheduled 2024 Tour Dates

The Pretenders have announced that their UK headline tour dates through February and March will now be rescheduled to October 2024.

The newly announced shows will begin on 11th October at Portsmouth’s Guildhall before closing at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 28th October – and now includes a date in Ipswich.

The tour will take in thirteen performances across the country, including four new dates announced today at Portsmouth’s Guildhall (11th October), Hull’s Bonus Arena (19th October), a third night at London’s Palladium (24th October), and a show at Ipswich’s Regent Theatre (26th October).

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Tickets are on sale from 10:00 GMT on Friday 16th February here.

In a message to fans shared via The Pretenders’ social media channels, Chrissie Hynde said: “We’re champing at the bit to get back on the road, but looks like we’re gonna have to hold tight for a while. I have a knee injury which will have to be dealt with first. I was hoping I could limp through the next six weeks, but it’s just getting worse. (I’ll spare you the gory details…) We will be rescheduling the postponed shows to later in the year. So sorry for the inconvenience but look forward to seeing you then.

Existing ticket holders are reassured that all tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date. Any customers unable to come to the revised date can contact their point of purchase for a refund.

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The October 2024 tour will follow The Pretenders’ latest album Relentless, their highest-charting record in 23 years and 14th UK Top 40 release.

The album has been met with high critical praise, described by MOJO as “persistently brilliant songwriting … surely how Chrissie Hynde always wanted The Pretenders to sound”.

The Observer heard “inspiring longevity”, Record Collector applauded “the best Pretenders album in 20 years” in a five star review.

Uncut Magazine labelled the album “the new prime of Chrissie Hynde”. Elsewhere The Times proclaimed, “this is the Pretenders at their rocking best” and the i Newspaper praised “a statement of intent”, whilst The Telegraph confirmed “Relentless might just be one of the most thrilling things you’ll hear all year.” The album went on to be tipped as an Album of the Year by magazines including MOJO, Uncut, Classic Rock and more.

The Relentless album release was surrounded by the raw power of The Pretenders’ revered live show. 2023 saw the band emphatically fulfil their non-stop touring schedule – the past year alone taking in over 60 gigs across the UK, US and Europe.

October 2023 saw high energy sold out club gigs through London’s Electric Ballroom, Manchester’s O2 Ritz and Glasgow’s Barrowlands feverishly received by fans, described as “iconic” by the Evening Standard, “legendary” by the Sun On Sunday and “outrageously good” by Louder Than War.

A surprise performance at Glastonbury, featuring special guests Johnny Marr and Dave Grohl, was received as a highlight of the entire festival weekend. The Telegraph described “a thrilling, rocking, melodious, attitude-packed surprise set at the Park Stage”, MOJO found “a thing of wonder” and the Metro reported, “The Pretenders left fans well and truly in awe”.

The band joined Guns N’ Roses at London’s BST Hyde Park mid-way through a European arena summer tour, after which both set out across the US for huge outdoor gigs through August and September, where Chrissie Hynde joined Guns N’ Roses on stage singing and playing harmonica for a surprise performance of ‘Bad Obsession’ at Boston’s Fenway Park.

A spectacular UK homecoming at BBC Radio 2 In The Park in front of 35,000 fans in Leicester’s Victoria Park delighted fans before the band returned to the US for Ohana Festival and sold-out club shows across the West Coast.

Before The Pretenders’ October UK headline tour the band will perform at the Isle Of Wight Festival in June, and join the Foo Fighters on their upcoming US run through July and August.

New album Relentless is available now on baby pink vinyl, CD and digital download. Tickets for the 2024 UK headline tour dates are available from Friday 16th February at 10:00 GMT.

The Pretenders Rescheduled Tour Dates:

11 Oct – Portsmouth, Guildhall
12 Oct – Bristol, Beacon
13 Oct – Oxford, New Theatre
16 Oct – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
17 Oct – Gateshead, The Glasshouse
19 Oct – Hull, Connexin Live
20 Oct – Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
22 Oct – London, Palladium (tickets from Wed 28th Feb valid for this date)
23 Oct – London, Palladium (tickets from Thu 29th Feb valid for this date)
24 Oct – London, Palladium
26 Oct – Ipswich, Regent Theatre
27 Oct – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
28 Oct – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

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