Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist Tom Odell has today confirmed a major UK and Ireland tour for 2022. This follows the announcement of his new album ‘monsters’ due for release on June 25th and of his new single ‘monster v.1.’ on Columbia Records which is out now (Listen Here)
Tickets for the tour go on general sale Friday 26 March at 9am via www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com. Fans pre-ordering the album (vinyl, cd, cassette and more) on Tom’s official website will guarantee first access to tickets.
After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, ‘monsters’, due to be released June 25th (preorder here). It feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell’s strengths.
Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album ‘Long Way Down’ earned him a number 1 album, a top 10 single (the epic Another Love) and a Brit. Now, 30, it’s clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring ‘Jubilee Road’, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I’d had for a couple of years just got worse” Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn’t do anymore music”. He knew something had to change. In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent’s house and slowly got better.
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album. He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic’s arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. So eerie synths and head-rattling beats augment the sound. And while his new music is at times heavy, there’s a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop’s greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies. In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell’s ongoing musical journey.
Tom Odell recently sold out of his two Virtual Live performances and performed on The Graham Norton show on BBC1 last Friday – watch again here https://youtu.be/IjRwcFrOMyw
TOM ODELL THE MONSTERS TOUR 2022
Tuesday 15 February Belfast Ulster Hall
Wednesday 16 February Dublin Olympia Theatre
Friday 18 February Southampton O2 Guildhall
Saturday 19 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
Sunday 20 February Manchester O2 Apollo
Tuesday 22 February Oxford O2 Academy
Thursday 24 February London O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 26 February Liverpool O2 Academy
Sunday 27 February Cardiff The Great Hall
Tuesday 01 March Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 02 March Newcastle O2 City Hall
Friday 04 March Glasgow O2 Academy Glasgow
Saturday 05 March Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 06 March Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 08 March Birmingham O2 Academy