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Johnny Marr announces intimate UK warm-up gigs

The four new dates are set around a 6 Music Festival performance and arena tour supporting Blondie

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 four intimate UK headline gigs next month – see the guitarist’s full touring schedule below.

The new shows come ahead of the former Smiths guitarist supporting Blondie on a massive rescheduled UK arena tour that begins next month.

On April 1, Marr will play the Guildhall in Gloucester to kick off the short run of dates, playing Bournemouth’s Old Fire Station the following night.

On Sunday, April 3, he’ll then headline the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff alongside IDLESPixiesFather John MistyLittle Simz and more.

Two more newly-announced dates then take place in Newcastle at the Northumbria University SU (20), before the Blondie tour kicks off in Glasgow on April 22.

See Johnny Marr’s full UK touring schedule below and pick up tickets for the new warm-up dates here. Following the Blondie tour and a summer of festivals, he’ll support The Killers on a US arena tour later this year. Full dates can be found here.

1 – Guildhall Gloucester
2 – Old Fire Station Bournemouth
3 – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival Cardiff
19 – Foundry Sheffield
20 – Northumbria University Students Union Newcastle
22 – The SSE Hydro Glasgow
24 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

25 – Pryzm Kingston-upon-Thames (for Banquet Records)
26 – The O2 Arena London
28 – The Brighton Centre
29 – Bonus Arena Hull

01 – AO Arena Manchester
02 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
04 – First Direct Arena Leeds
05 – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
07 – Birmingham Utilitia Arena

Elsewhere, Marr has shot down the idea of working with Morrissey again in the future, saying there is “zero” chance of recollection.

The former Smiths bandmates have been locked in a war of words in recent weeks, after Morrissey posted a statement asking Marr to stop talking about him in interviews.

In a post on his Morrrissey Central website, he wrote: “This is not a rant or an hysterical bombast. It is a polite and calmly measured request: Would you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews?”

On Twitter, Marr responded: “Dear @officialmoz. An ‘open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953, It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business…a bit 2021 yeah?”