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- Mar 26 2021Mar262021Find ticketsFri 19:00O2 Academy Glasgow - GlasgowMichael KiwanukaLow Availability
- Mar 27 2021Mar272021Find ticketsSat 19:00Bonus Arena, Hull - HullMichael Kiwanuka
- Mar 29 2021Mar292021Find ticketsMon 19:00O2 Apollo Manchester - ManchesterMichael KiwanukaLow Availability
- Mar 30 2021Mar302021Find ticketsTue 19:00Empress Ballroom - BlackpoolMichael Kiwanuka
- Apr 01 2021Apr012021Find ticketsThu 19:00De Montfort Hall - LeicesterMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
- Apr 03 2021Apr032021Find ticketsSat 19:00The Brighton Centre - BrightonMichael KiwanukaLow Availability
- Apr 05 2021Apr052021Find ticketsMon 19:00O2 Academy Leeds - LeedsMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
- Apr 06 2021Apr062021Find ticketsTue 19:00O2 Academy Brixton - LondonMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
- Aug 09 2021Aug092021Find ticketsMon 18:00Princes Street Gardens - EdinburghMichael Kiwanuka
- Sep 15 2021Sep152021Find ticketsWed 19:00O2 Academy Newcastle - Newcastle Upon TyneMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
- Sep 16 2021Sep162021Find ticketsThu 19:00Cambridge Corn Exchange - CambridgeMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
- Sep 17 2021Sep172021Find ticketsFri 18:30Alexandra Palace - LondonMichael KiwanukaLimited Availability
International Events1 Events
- Jun 28 2021Jun282021Mon 19:00Trinity College - Dublin, IrelandMichael Kiwanuka & Brittany Howard At Trinity Summer SeriesFind ticketsTrinity College - Dublin, IrelandMichael Kiwanuka & Brittany Howard At Trinity Summer SeriesJun 28 202119:00Find tickets
UK tour coming in March 2021
Michael Kiwanuka always knew the kind of music he wanted to play, it just took him time to allow himself to do so. The son of Ugandan immigrants, Kiwanuka stumbled through two aborted university degrees and session gigs as a guitarist for music he never cared for before finally coming to terms with the fact that it was perfectly acceptable for a black man to play soulful folk.
The young Kiwanuka discovered a passion for the guitar, something he kept to himself until discovered that Jimi Hendrix wasn’t a “punky white guy”. A bit of digging uncovered more talented black guitarists who fit more with the music that appealed to him. Still, it took a bad experience playing back-up for a rapper to point Kiwanuka in the right direction.
Gigging around London led to Kiwanuka being embraced by the Communion collective and Paul Butler of The Bees. A memorable 2011 followed, with Kiwanuka touring with Adele – which he approached as a performance apprenticeship – signing with Polydor and appearing on Later… With Jools Holland.
Before his debut album had even been released, Kiwanuka was named the BBC’s Sound of 2012. When Home Again arrived two months later, it reached number four in the album charts and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
Kiwanuka toured relentlessly in the wake of Home Again, not returning to the studio until 2015 to start work on his second full-length Love & Hate. Released in 2016, the critically acclaimed, Danger Mouse-produced album went to No.1 on the UK album charts. Its epic opening song Cold Little Heart became the theme song to the HBO series Big Little Lies.
In 2019, Kiwanuka released his third album KIWANUKA, again to rave reviews and yet another Mercury Prize nomination (his third in three albums). The album found Kiwanuka once more exploring a world where psychedelic folk, jazz and soul co-exist in harmony, drawing influences from diverse pots such as Pink Floyd, Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder. It was an ever-present on most end-of-year best album lists.
Michael Kiwanuka announced a tour to support the album. In July 2020, the tour was rescheduled to March 2021.
No, Michael Kiwanuka has rescheduled his UK tour for March 2021.
Michael Kiwanuka is playing the following cities in 2021:
• London (O2 Academy Brixton)
• London (Alexandra Palace)
Cold Little Heart from Love & Hate was the theme song to HBO's Big Little Lies
Michael Kiwanuka was born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan parents.
Michael Kiwanuka's latest album is KIWANUKA, released in 2019.