Will Young – new colour portrait © Joseph Sinclair 2021
Today, Will Young announces the Will Young – 20 Years Tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his Pop Idol win, set to take place in October & November 2022. Since winning the show’s first series in 2002, Will has gone on to become the most successful contestant to ever appear on the show, with over 10 million records sold, 8 UK Top 3 albums including his recent 2021 album Crying On The Bathroom Floor, and the No.1 best-selling single of the noughties, ‘Evergreen/Anything Is Possible’.
Pop Idol was broadcast to as many as 10 million viewers when it originally aired, shooting Will to fame and rewarding him with a record deal to release his beloved UK No.1 debut album From Now On after receiving a massive 4.6 million votes from the public. The singing competition was one of the first of its kind and, with just two series, it cemented its legacy in British pop culture as well as becoming an international TV franchise.
Alongside news of the tour, Will also shares details of his upcoming album ‘20 Years – The Greatest Hits’, set for release in 2022. Spanning from his Pop Idol winner’s single ‘Evergreen’, the No.1 hits ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Leave Right Now’, to Crying On The Bathroom Floor’s ‘Daniel’, as well as two brand new songs, the album will be available on CD, deluxe signed CD & vinyl LP via Sony Music.
Fans can pre-order the album from 9:00am Monday 25 October HERE to gain exclusive access to the tour pre-sale on Wednesday 27 October.
General ticket on-sale begins on Friday 29 October HERE
Will Young – 20 Years Tour 2022
12 October Glasgow SEC Armadillo
13 October York Barbican
15 October Birmingham Symphony Hall
16 October Edinburgh Usher Hall
18 October Newcastle 02 City Hall
19 October Blackpool Opera House
21 October Hull Bonus Arena
22 October Manchester 02 Apollo
24 October Sheffield City Hall
25 October Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
26 October Oxford New Theatre
28 October Ipswich Regent
29 October Southend Cliffs Pavilion
31 October Torquay Princess Theatre
1 November Portsmouth Guildhall
3 November Cardiff St David’s Hall
4 November Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
5 November Brighton Centre
7 November Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
8 November Bath Forum
10 November Swansea Arena
11 November London Palladium
Alongside the tour’s general on-sale, the Crying On The Bathroom Floor Remix EP will be released via Cooking Vinyl. The EP features six Sudlow remixes of Will’s interpretations of ‘Daniel’, ‘Crying On The Bathroom Floor’ and latest single ‘Indestructible’, which has made the BBC Radio 2 playlist.
20 YEARS: 20 FACTS
The original Pop Idol from the first-ever worldwide series, paving the way for artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert
Scored the #1 biggest selling single of the noughties with ‘Evergreen/Anything Is Possible’
Released FOUR number one UK albums and EIGHT top 3 UK albums in the twenty years since winning Pop Idol, including the recent 2021 album ‘Crying on the Bathroom Floor’
Achieved FOUR number one UK singles (including ‘Leave Right Now’ and ‘Light My Fire’) and more than TEN top ten UK singles
‘Evergreen/Anything Is Possible’ officially the fastest-selling debut single of all time in the UK
Over 10 million records sold worldwide
10 Brit Award nominations and 2 wins including ‘British Breakthrough Act’ and ‘British Single of the Year’ for ‘Your Game’.
Olivier Award nomination for his 2013 role as The Emcee in Cabaret in London’s West End
Performed at the opening of the Commonwealth Games, Nelson Mandela’s Unite The Stars charity concert in South Africa in 2006 and at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in 2007
Has performed live duets with Elton John, James Brown, Queen & Burt Bacharach
Starred in the critically acclaimed 2005 film ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents’ alongside Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins and, as a result, was voted ‘Young Actor To Watch’
Will is a mental health advocate, an official ambassador for Women’s Aid as well as an animal rights activist
Author of the acclaimed 2020 Sunday Times best-selling book on gay shame, ‘To Be A Gay Man,’ with several follow-up books in the works
Will regularly guest presents the Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 2
‘Leave Right Now’ winner of an Ivor Novello award for ‘Best Song Musically & Lyrically’
Will has embarked on 8 x sold-out headline UK tours and performed at Glastonbury Festival three times
Successful podcaster who launched and was co-host of season 1 of hugely popular podcast ‘Homosapiens’, with new mental health podcast launching 2022.
Winner of Best Male Music Star at the Elle Style Awards, Best Newcomer at the GQ Awards and Culture Award from Attitude Magazine
Musically, Will has collaborated with Eg White (Adele), Sia, Steve Lipson (Annie Lennox), Burt Bacharach, Cathy Dennis (Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Richard X (M.I.A, Roisin Murphy)
Visually, Will has collaborated with Wiz (Oasis), Michael Gracey (Greatest Showman) and Bailey Walsh (Massive Attack)