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- Oct 24Oct24Find ticketsSun 18:00First Direct Arena - LeedsBon Iver
- Oct 25Oct25Find ticketsMon 18:30The SSE Hydro - GlasgowBon Iver
- Oct 27Oct27Find ticketsWed 19:30AO Arena - ManchesterBon Iver
- Nov 01Nov01Find ticketsMon 18:30SSE Arena, Wembley - LondonBon Iver
- Nov 02Nov02Find ticketsTue 19:00SSE Arena, Wembley - LondonBon Iver
International Events1 Events
- Oct 29Oct29Find ticketsFri 18:303Arena - Dublin, IrelandBon Iver
Touring the UK in support of latest album i,i
Bon Iver’s backstory is now as integral a part of music history as that train Bob Dylan did or did not ride from Minnesota to New York. In 2006, a heartbroken and newly band-less Justin Vernon took himself away to his father’s cabin in the woods of Wisconsin and returned with For Emma, Forever Ago, a hushed, haunting account of isolation that crept into the hearts of millions and took up permanent residence.
Word of mouth spread throughout the then-hearty music blog community and the gentle indie folk of Bon Iver grew over the course of 2008 from “critically acclaimed” to “bona fide phenomenon”. Bon Iver quickly returned with Blood Bank, a four-track EP of older songs which caught the attention of Kanye West. Vernon was invited to appear on two songs from West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, this seemingly incongruous pairing confirming Bon Iver’s crossover appeal.
When Vernon reappeared with Bon Iver’s second album, 2011’s Bon Iver, it was immediately apparent that the eponymous title was significant. Its leap into lush arrangements, complete with orchestras and horn sections, made For Emma, Forever Ago seem, well, forever ago. Expectations were confounded, critics were divided, but the album still won two Grammys the following year.
Vernon confounded expectations once more by announcing that he was wrapping up the band. Between further collaborations with Kanye West and the revival of another project, Volcano Choir, it seemed his attention was needed elsewhere. Vernon continued to keep busy, popping up occasionally as Bon Iver, co-curating the Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival with Aaron Dessner of The National and continuing to be in demand with other artists.
Despite protestations from Vernon that Bon Iver was still in hibernation, the band unveiled two new songs live at Eaux Claires in 2015. Eventually, in 2016, Vernon admitted that a new album would shortly be forthcoming. That album was 22, A Million, released in September 2016 to a much more unanimously positive reception. Where Bon Iver flipped the stark mood of the debut on its head, 22, A Million, chopped it into tiny pieces, fed it through a collapsing star and received it back via a glitching supercomputer. By far Vernon’s most complex, ambitious and intricate work, its unusual textures couldn’t conceal the trademark yearning that had defined the band’s work from the beginning.
In 2018, Vernon again began debuting new songs live, leading to assumptions that a new album was on the way. Arriving in 2019, i, i featured a festival’s worth of guest stars, including Moses Sumney, Bruce Hornsby, The Staves and The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner. It received three Grammy nominations. Shortly after the album’s release, Bon Iver announced a UK tour for 2020. The tour was later postponed to January 2021.
In 2020, Vernon appeared on Taylor Swift’s album folklore, produced by his regular collaborator Aaron Dessner. In August 2020, the band announced that their UK tour was being rescheduled to October and November 2021, with a second date added in London.
Yes, the tour intended for 2020 has been moved to October and November 2021. A second date has been added in London.
The band are playing two nights at SSE Arena Wembley on 1 and 2 November 2021.
Bon Iver are playing the following UK cities:
- London (two nights)
Support comes from Aaron Dessner's Big Red Machine.