black and white photograph of Billy Bragg performing live onstage

Billy Bragg has announced a UK and Ireland tour to mark his 40 years in music – find all the details below.

The singer-songwriter and left-wing activist is due to hit the road this autumn following the release of his forthcoming career-spanning boxset ‘The Roaring Forty’, which is out on October 27.

Kicking off in Brighton on November 14, Bragg’s 2023 tour will also include shows in Portsmouth, Cambridge, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and Manchester throughout that month.

In December, the artist will head to Gateshead, Nottingham and Bristol before completing the stint with a gig at The Roundhouse in Camden Town, London.

“Doesn’t seem like just that long ago that I was playing Thursday nights at the Tunnel in Greenwich, opening for whoever was headlining that night,” Bragg said in a statement. “I learned my chops there in late ’82/ early ’83 and I’m still putting those lessons to good use 40 years later.”

He added: “Hope to see some of you on the Roaring Forty tour this autumn.”

Tickets for Bragg’s 2023 UK and Ireland tour go on general sale at 10am BST next Friday (March 31) – you’ll be able to buy yours here. Alternatively, you can access a pre-sale by pre-ordering ‘The Roaring Forty’ here.

See the full live itinerary below.


14 – Dome, Brighton 
15 – Guildhall, Portsmouth 
16 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
20 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
21 – The National Concert Hall, Dublin
22 – Mandela Hall, Belfast
24 – Tramshed, Cardiff
25 – Town Hall, Birmingham 
26 – O2 Academy, Leeds 
28 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh 
30 – O2 Apollo, Manchester 

1 – Sage, Gateshead
2 – Rock City, Nottingham
5 – Beacon, Bristol 
6 – The Roundhouse, London 

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