UK garage innovator Mike Skinner has announced he is bringing back his influential project The Streets for a UK tour in 2018.
The tour announcement comes seven years after Skinner took The Streets on a farewell tour. Now he’ll embark on a reunion tour next year, with scheduled gigs at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on April 19, Glasgow’s O2 on April 20, Manchester’s O2 Apollo on April 21 and Leeds’ O2 Academy on April 23. He’ll then cap off the tour with two shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on April 25 and 26.
Skinner released six albums with The Streets, including the influential debut album ‘Original Pirate Material’ in 2002, which led to a Mercury Music Prize Nomination, and both critical and commercial acclaim.
On the upcoming revival, Skinner elaborated on why he's excited to have the project return:
“I’ve missed tour buses very much. Which is the least of the reasons why I have decided to tour The Streets again. The other thing I’ve missed is trying to think up what I’m going to say in the gap between the songs. When you DJ they tell you that you don’t need a tour bus and you don’t need to think up things to say between the songs. But seriously, it’s been long enough. With my Tonga parties, the new rap and grime MC’s I have been producing and the DJing, I have been living with music since making The Streets for nearly as long as I made The Streets. I’m not the guy smoking in the car anymore though, I have become the guy in the club, so I hope I will be excused for putting on after parties in nightclubs after every show”.
Tickets for The Streets’ 2018 tour will go on sale October 13. Find more information here