PJ Harvey has announced a string of tour dates across the UK including TWO Manchester gigs at the Albert Hall.

The Albert Hall dates are two of eight UK and Ireland headline shows she has announced.  In addition to the Manchester gigs she will also be headlining at Glasgow’s Barrowland and London’s Roundhouse as well as Dublin’s 3Olumpia Theatre.  She will then take the tour across Europe for dates including Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

News of the tour comes as PJ Harvey releases the second song I Inside the Old I Dying which features on her upcoming album I Inside the Old Year Dying.  The track is accompanied by an animated music video, directed by Christobal Leon and Joaquin Cocina.

Speaking about the new track, PJ Harvey said, “This delicate and beautiful song eluded us until the very last day in the studio. Over the previous five weeks we had tried so many times to capture it and failed, and/but then John reinvented the feel of the guitar pattern.  As he was demonstrating it in the control room, Flood handed me a microphone and pressed record whilst I sat next to John trying to work out how to sing to it. The result somehow captures the ethereal and melancholic longing I was looking for.

“In the lyric everyone is waiting for the savior to reappear – everyone and everything anticipates the arrival of this figure of love and transformation.

“There is a sense of sexual longing and awakening and of moving from one realm into another – from child to adult, from life to death and the eternal.”

PJ Harvey will release upcoming album I Inside the Old Year Dying on 7 July.  The track marks her first album since 2016’s Grammy-nominated The Hope Six Demolition Project.

Harvey first announced I Inside the Old Year Dying with the release of a first single –  A Child’s Question, August – at the end of April. The album’s story goes back six years, to the end of touring around her last album in 2017 and how Harvey felt immediately afterwards. What she keenly felt was that somewhere in the endless cycle of albums and tours, she had lost her connection with music itself, a realization that was troubling beyond words.

When does PJ Harvey headline at Manchester’s Albert Hall?

PJ Harvey headlines at Manchester’s Albert Hall on 2 and 3 October 2023.  The Manchester gigs are two of eight UK and Ireland dates she has announced:
22 September   –   Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre
23 September   –   Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre
25 September   –   Glasgow, Barrowland
26 September   –   Glasgow, Barrowland
28 September   –   London, Roundhouse
29 September   –   London, Rounsehouse
2 October   –   Manchester, Albert Hall
3 October   –   Manchester, Albert Hall

When do tickets go on sale for PJ Harvey’s UK tour?

Tickets for PJ Harvey’s UK and Ireland tour dates go on sale at 10am on Friday 16 June.

Image of PJ Harvey courtesy Steve Gullick