The Rolling Stones will start the U.K. leg of their 2018 spring/summer tour in just under a month with an opening night at London Stadium on May 22. The iconic rock band will visit cities across their native United Kingdom and throughout Europe to start the summer, and on Monday the Stones announced that acts like Florence + The Machine, Liam Gallagher, The Vaccines, The Specials, The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Elbow and James Bay will all be coming on as support.
The addition of some of the biggest contemporary pop artists to come out of Britain over the last two decades should help give Stones fans more than their money’s worth when Mick Jagger and company come to town on the upcoming run. Gallagher will open for the Stones on opening night, followed by Florence + The Machine (May 25), The Vaccines (May 29), The Specials (June 2), Ashcroft (June 5 and June 9), Elbow (June 15) and finally Mr. James Bay (June 19). Both Gallagher and Ashcroft will also be touring together in North America throughout the month of May, even sharing a bill at New York City's Central Park SummerStage on May 16.
Florence fans should be thrilled about their addition to the hometown show in London. The band appear to slowly but surely pulling back the curtains on their upcoming album and touring plans as the year progresses. The band appeared on the recently released compilation album in tribute to Elton John with an angelic cover of “Tiny Dancer.” They also released a brand new video recently for “Sky Full Of Song,” a stand-alone single which appeared on double A-sided 7” vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day over the weekend.
James Bay is also currently in the middle of his own world tour, which started back in late March and continues well throughout the spring, summer and into fall.
As the Rolling Stones gear up for another touring chapter to their 50+ year career, one of the members recently made headlines when it was revealed that guitarist Ronnie Wood was back to good health after undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Tickets to select shows on the band’s upcoming tour are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
UK TOUR SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED! #StonesNoFilter— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) April 23, 2018
LONDON – @liamgallagher
LONDON – @flo_tweet
SOUTHAMPTON – @thevaccines
COVENTRY – @thespecials
MANCHESTER – @richardashcroft
EDINBURGH – @richardashcroft
CARDIFF – @Elbow
TWICKENHAM – @JamesBayMusic https://t.co/DKiBR3No1m pic.twitter.com/ILUmDgbNmT