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Johnny Marr announces 2024 UK headline tour

He will hit the road for 'The Spirit Power Tour' next April.

By Will Richards

Johnny Marr poses for a press photo in a black jumper
Johnny Marr. (Credit: Andy Cotterill)

Johnny Marr has announced details of a 2024 UK headline tour behind his upcoming Greatest Hits album.

On November 3, the former Smiths guitarist will release Spirit Power: The Best Of Johnny Marr, a compilation album collating new music, rarities and songs from across his solo career.

Next April, he will take the album on the road for 10 shows which begin in Newcastle and feature Gaz Coombes as support.

See the tour dates below.

APRIL 2024
2 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
3 – Glasgow, Barrowlands 
5 – Leeds, O2 Academy
6 – Liverpool, Olympia 
7 – Wolverhampton, Civic Halls 
9 – Cardiff, Great Hall
10 – Bristol, O2 Academy
12 – London, Eventim Apollo
13 – Brighton Dome
14 – Nottingham, Rock City

Last month, Marr shared new single ‘Somewhere’ from the upcoming album, a track he wrote while on tour with The Killers and Blondie in 2022.

“I’ve played a lot of arenas over the years, and in terms of songwriting, there’s nowhere to hide,” Marr said in a statement. “For a song to work, it has to be a banger. I know it’s almost uncool to think in those terms, but I grew up in a house where my parents listened to Motown, where you couldn’t get a song released if it wasn’t full of hooks.”

In December, Marr will mark a decade of his solo career with two hometown shows in Manchester alongside a 30-piece orchestra.

“I’ve had two experiences of playing with an orchestra—Hans Zimmer, obviously, and also with Pet Shop Boys—but to actually sing in front of an orchestra playing my own work, that’s a first. You can’t help feeling a little bit emotional,” Marr explained.

“It’s been really enjoyable working on the arrangements. I’ve been doing a lot of pre-orchestration work, and some of the songs have taken on a sort of highly pumped symphonic feel.”