Rufus Wainwright Announces Winter UK Tour


Ahead of being the first guest for the Royal Albert Hall’s special isolation sessions ‘RAHome’ this evening (more info here), acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a run of UK dates this winter, including two nights at London’s Palladium on the 2ndand 3rdof November. 
Rufus releases his eagerly anticipated new pop album UNFOLLOW THE RULES, on BMG on 10thJuly.
Known for his incredibly engaging live performances, Rufus returns to the UK with a brand new band for the tour: LA musician Brian Green (John Legend, Michael Bublé, Pomplamoose) as music director and guitar; Rachel Eckroth (KT Tunstall, Antelog) on keyboard and backing vocals; Jacob Mann on keyboard, piano and backing vocals; Kyle Crane on drums; and Sam Wilkes on bass and backing vocals. 

Playing a set list of classics and new cuts from his highly anticipated new album, the dates are sure to be one of the highlights of the year. General tickets will be on-sale at 10am on 17thApril from HERE
Speaking of the tour Rufus said, ‘I am excited to tour the UK in the late fall with my new band, performing the songs from my upcoming album release. I consider Unfollow the Rulesmy first fully mature album; it is like a bookend to the beginning of my career. He continues ‘For me, thinking about this tour is like a light at the end of this dark tunnel that we are all in together. It gives me hope and confidence that we will rise above this collectively. And while it might seem that we are not moving forward swiftly in this dark long tunnel, I know that we will reach the light again and be able to be together and listen to and play music together. I cannot wait to be part of that moment for my fans and share this music live with them’.
Rufus Wainwright plays the following in the UK this October and November. 
Tues 13th                      SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
Weds 14th                     CARDIFF, St David’s Hall 
Fri 16th                          OXFORD, New Theatre Oxford
Sat 17th                         LIVERPOOL, Olympia 
Sun 18th                        CAMBRIDGE, The Corn Exchange 
Tues 20th                      SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Leas Cliffs Pavilion 
Weds 21st                     BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall 
Fri 23rd                          SHEFFIELD, City Hall 
Sat 24th                        GATESHEAD, The Sage 
Sun 25th                       EDINBURGH, Usher Hall 
Tues 27th                     YORK, Barbican 
Weds 28th                    MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Fri 30th                         EXETER, The Great Hall 
Sat 31st                        BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome 
Mon 2nd                      LONDON, The London Palladium 
Tues 3rd                      LONDON, The London Palladium 
Wainwright’s ninth studio LP and first new pop album since 2012, UNFOLLOW THE RULES finds the artist at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a new-found fearlessness while remaining as creative, bold, and mischievous as ever. 
Speaking of the album’s postponement Rufus said ‘you know that I am an old school guy and for me the physical product is extremely important. I am incredibly proud of this album and the way I want you to experience it ideally is listening to it from front to back in the comfort of your living room, reading the lyrics, and looking at the booklet that I carefully designed.’
Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Randy Newman) at a variety of legendary Los Angeles studios – including Sound City Studios, United Recording, and EastWest Studios – the album serves as both bookend to Act I of an extraordinary career which, like Unfollow The Rules, began in the studios of Los Angeles, but also now as the first lines of a remarkable new chapter. 


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