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July release radar: new music from artists touring the UK this year
- Tamara McWilliam
- 12 July 2022
Discover the latest music from James Bay, Kid Cudi, Jamie T and more
The new releases have practically been non-stop this year, and your favourite artists are welcoming in July with brand new albums ready to drop. Even better, they'll be taking their new material around the UK with them so you can experience it in the flesh.
Read on to discover their latest music announcements and how to get tickets for their 2022 UK tours.
James Bay - Leap
The 'Hold Back The River' troubadour James Bay is set for a lengthy list of shows across the UK in support of his third album The Leap which was released on Friday 8 July. He'll hit venues in Bournemouth, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Birmingham and more this winter.
The first couple of singles to come from the record were mellow and heart-felt singles 'Give Me The Reason' and 'One Life'. The rest of the album follows in the same vein and most of the tunes are filled with tender and heart-felt lyrics against an acoustic backdrop.
This sets The Leap apart from 2018's Electric Light which has more of a rock-infused edge. Its follow up is much more wholesome than attitude-filled tunes like 'Wasted On Each Other' and 'Pink Lemonade'.
Last week Bay came to Twitter to share the news of the album's release and said, 'This album is a beautiful super-hybrid of sounds made in the same room, sounds made on opposite sides of the world, words of worry and work, words of growth and hope. Thank you to all the brilliant people that helped bring it together x'
Check out new single 'Give Me The Reason'
James Bay 2022 UK tour dates:
Sunday 20 November – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Monday 21 November – O2 Academy, Leeds
Wednesday 23 November – NX, Newcastle
Thursday 24 November – Academy, Manchester
Friday 25 November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Sunday 27 November – Rock City, Nottingham
Thursday 1 December – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Friday 2 December – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Saturday 3 December – O2 Academy, Bristol
Tickets for James Bay are on sale now.
Kid Cudi - The Boy Who Flew To The Moon (Vol.1)
The eighth studio album from the iconic rapper The Boy Who Flew To The Moon dropped on Friday 8 July, following the news of Kid Cudi's headline show in London scheduled for Tuesday 15 November. The gig will take place at the O2 Arena and comes as part of his To The Moon Tour.
The massive 18-track record works as a greatest hits album following Cudi's 14-year career, older classics such as 'Day 'N' Nite' and 'Pursuit Of Happiness'. It also showcases unreleased and unheard tracks such as 'Love'.
The producer shared the album's release on Twitter and said, '"The Boy Who Flew To The Moon" is a much needed reminder of everything I've accomplished the last 14 years. The ups, the downs, the return, my rise again. One hell of a ride. Who knows what the next 14 years has in store for me. I promise it won't be boring - Scott'.
Listen to classic hit 'Pursuit Of Happiness'
Kid Cudi 2022 UK tour dates:
Tuesday 15 November – The O2, London
Tickets for Kid Cudi are on sale now.
Ne-Yo - Self Explanatory
On Friday 15 July the internationally renowned R&B legend Ne-Yo will drop his ninth album Self Explanatory. Last week he announced dates for a trio of shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff which mark his first set of UK gigs in six years.
The latest single from the album is the hip hop infused 'You Got The Body' which followed 'Don't Love Me', a track which is reminiscent of his iconic early 2000's material such as 'So Sick' and 'Miss Independent'.
Check out 'You Got The Body'
Ne-Yo 2022 UK tour dates:
Wednesday 21 September – BEC Arena, Manchester
Saturday 24 September – Forum, Birmingham
Sunday 25 September – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tickets for Ne-Yo are on sale now.
Maggie Rogers - Surrender
Following her brand new singles 'That's Where I Am' and 'Want Want', Maggie Rogers is set to drop their third studio album Surrender on Friday 29 July. 'Want Want' is laced with a classic indie rock sound that sets it up as the perfect accompaniment for a coming-of-age film.
Third album surrender which releases on Friday 29 July. Already dropped the singles 'That's Where I Am' and 'Want Want'. 'That's Where I Am' follows a similar electronic formula as breakthrough hit 'Alaska' while the latter has a classic indie rock sound to it and feels like the perfect tune to accompany a coming-of-age soundtrack.
The Grammy nominated artist will embark on an impressive tour of the UK later this winter, hitting venues in Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and London to showcase Surrender.
Listen to latest track 'Want Want'
Maggie Rogers 2022 UK tour dates:
Monday 31 October – O2 Academy, Leeds
Tuesday 1 November – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Wednesday 2 November – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Friday 4 November – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Saturday 5 November – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Monday 7 November – O2 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 8 November – Brighton Dome
Thursday 10 November – Alexandra Palace, London
Tickets for Maggie Rogers are on sale now.
Jamie T - The Theory Of Whatever
The 'Sheila' hitmaker Jamie T is set to head out on a massive tour of the UK this November in support of his fifth studio album The Theory Of Whatever which will drop on Monday 29 July.
Kicking off on Tuesday 8 November this year, the 36-year-old will perform gigs in Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Cardiff and Portsmouth on the Theory Of Everything Tour.
Making his comeback with a headline slot at Glastonbury as well as the news of a headline tour, the rapper and producer has already released 'The Old Style Raiders' and the ballad 'St. George Wharf Tower' in anticipation of the new record.
Listen to 'St. George Wharf Tower'
Jamie T 2022 UK tour dates:
Tuesday 8 November – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Thursday 10 November – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Friday 11 November – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Saturday 12 November – O2 Academy, Leeds
Monday 14 November – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Tuesday 15 November – O2 Academy, Sheffield
Thursday 17 November – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Friday 18 November – Alexandra Palace, London
Monday 21 November – Great Hall, Cardiff
Tuesday 22 November – Guildhall, Portsmouth
Wednesday 23 November – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Tickets for Jamie T are on sale now.