Bob Dylan announces UK dates for 2017 arena tour

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Emily Badiozzaman

Bob Dylan has been on The Endless Tour since 1988, but he isn’t stopping yet. He’s just announced details of his 2017 tour and they include six back-to-back UK dates.

The 75 year-old folk-rock singer is on his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, which he released earlier this year. He’s been going for 54 years and given that his music has been the soundtrack to the civil rights movements and anti-war protests, the tour will no doubt be a lesson in history and music.

Wed 03 May 2017 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena

Thu 04 May 2017 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC

Fri 05 May 2017 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena

Sun 07 May 2017 – GLASGOW Clyde Audiotorium

Mon 08 May 2017 – LIVERPOOL Echo Arena

Tue 09 May 2017 – LONDON SSE Arena Wembley

So iconic is Bob Dylan that he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in October, though it was a decision that was questioned by many.

He won it for “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” and Sara Danils, Secretary of the Swedish Academy defended their choice, describing his Blonde on Blonde as “an extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.

“If you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”

Though Dylan won’t be making an appearance at the ceremony, he’ll be sending Patti Smith to accept the award on his behalf due to other commitments. He’s been a bit weird about it anyway, not acknowledging the news for almost two weeks after it was announced and choosing to provide a speech rather than deliver the customary “lecture on a subject connected with the work for which the prize has been awarded.”

Tickets go on sale for his 2017 tour at 10am on 13 Dec via


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