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Robbie Williams announces 25th anniversary arena tour

The singer's greatest hits tour kicks off in October, which includes two nights at London's O2 Arena

By Hollie Geraghty

Robbie Williams poses topless with his fit at his mouth
Robbie Williams (Picture: Press).

Robbie Williams has announced a 2022 UK and Ireland greatest hits tour to celebrate 25 years since he began his solo career.

The singer, who began his music career with boyband Take That, left the group to go solo in 1995.

His eight-date tour kicks off in October, which will kick off with two nights at The O2 in London, followed by shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.

The tour will start a month after the release of his forthcoming new album XXV, out September 9.

Fans who pre-order the album by 3pm BST tomorrow (June 14), will be able to access a 48-hour pre-sale on Wednesday (June 15).

General sale starts Friday (June 17) at 9am, where tickets will be available to purchase here.

Rolling Stone UK last week spoke to Williams at a launch event for ‘XXV’, during which he teased his upcoming no-holds barred biopic, Better Man.

Asked about progress on the project so far, the singer hailed the performance of upcoming British actor Jonno Davies, who portrays his younger self in the project. It is believed that the singer will then portray his older self in later scenes.

“He’s absolutely rocking it. They showed me a bit of him doing rehearsals and I was like ‘oh wow!’ that’s it,” Williams told Rolling Stone UK and selected press.

He continued: “I haven’t actually seen him [Davies] do any of the deep dark stuff in the movie. Because this is an over 18s movie, I think. It’s blood & guts and drugs and sex and drink and rock and roll and losing yourself and finding yourself.”

Williams was also asked about the deep themes of new track ‘Lost’, in which he sings: ““I lost my place in life / I lost my point of view”.

“When I used to go on these benders that were high octane and enjoyable and then suddenly hell, I’d quite often used to get on a train at Euston and get picked up by my mum at Stoke station,” he said.

“There’s one particular time when I remember getting off at Stoke station with just one shoe, I don’t know where I’d lost the other shoe. I’d been up for a few days, I was put to bed and my mum feeds me. [The song] is kind of like that desolate place of ‘oh my god, everything is completely out of control’. It’s sadness and depression.”

You can find the full tour schedule below.

09 – London, The O2
10 – London, The O2
15 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
19 – Manchester, AO Arena
21 – Manchester, AO Arena
24 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
25 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
29 – Dublin, 3Arena