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The Cure announce mammoth 2022 European tour including five UK dates

They have also teased the arrival of a "67 minute" new album before the tour

By Nick Reilly

The Cure pose for a press shot
The Cure. (Photo: Andy Vella)

The Cure have announced they will head out on a 44-date UK and European tour next year, which will take in five arena shows across the UK.

The legendary band will begin the European jaunt in Riga, Latvia on October 6 next year before concluding at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 11.

An official press release states that fans will be treated to a mammoth 135 minute show, while also mentioning a “67 minute” new album that is set to arrive from the band.

Frontman Robert Smith has frequently teased the band’s next release, with their last album coming in 2008’s ‘4.13 Dream’.

Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday (December 10) at 10am, with all details available on The Cure’s website.

It has also been confirmed that the shows will feature bassist Simon Gallup, who said in August that he had left the group with a “slightly heavy heart”, while claiming to be “fed up of betrayal”.

Gallup subsequently confirmed his return to the group in October.

Robert Smith previously claimed that the new material had been completed and that there are enough songs for two albums, telling Apple Music earlier this year: “One of them’s very, very doom and gloom and the other one isn’t.”

But he also suggested the record could be the band’s very last.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said: “The new Cure stuff is very emotional. It’s 10 years of life distilled into a couple of hours of intense stuff.

“And I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else. I definitely can’t do this again.”

You can check out their European dates in full below.

06 – ARENA, Riga, Latvia
08 – HARTWALL ARENA, Helsinki, Finland
10 – AVICII ARENA, Stockholm, Sweden
12 – SPEKTRUM, Oslo, Norway
13 – SCANDINAVIUM, Gothenburg, Sweden
14 – ROYAL ARENA, Copenhagen, Denmark
16 – BARCLAYCARD ARENA, Hamburg, Germany
18 – MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA, Berlin, Germany
20 – TAURON ARENA, Krakow, Poland
21 – ATLAS ARENA, Lodz, Poland
23 – MARX HALLE, Vienna, Austria
24 – O2 ARENA, Prague 9, Czech Republic
26 – ARENA, Budapest, Hungary
27 – ARENA, Zagreb, Croatia
29 – OLYMPIAHALLE, Munich, Germany
31 – UNIPOL ARENA, Bologna, Italy

01 – MANDELA FORUM, Florence, Italy
03 – KIOENE ARENA, Padova, Italy
04 – FORUM, Milan, Italy
06 – ARENA, Geneva, Switzerland
07 – HALLE TONY GARNIER, Lyon, France
08 – SUD DE FRANCE ARENA, Montpellier, France
10 – PALAU SANT JORDI, Barcelona, Spain
11 – WIZINK CENTER, Madrid, Spain
13 – ZENITH, Toulouse, France
14 – ARKEA ARENA, Bordeaux, France
15 – ZENITH, Nantes, France
17 – FESTHALLE, Frankfurt, Germany
18 – ZENITH, Strasbourg, France
19 – ST JAKOBSHALLE, Basel, Switzerland
21 – HANS-MARTIN-SCHLEYER-HALLE, Stuttggart, Germany
22 – LANXESS ARENA, Cologne, Germany
23 – SPORTPALEIS, Antwerp, Belgium
25 – ZIGGO DOME, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 – STADE, Lievin, France
28 – ACCOR ARENA, Paris, France

01 – 3ARENA, Dublin, Ireland
02 – SSE, Belfast, Northern Ireland
04 – OVO HYDRO, Glasgow, Scotland
06 – FIRST DIRECT ARENA, Leeds, England
07 – UTILITA ARENA, Birmingham, England
08 – MOTORPOINT ARENA, Cardiff, Wales
11 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England