Backstage: Seventeen, Kendrick Lamar and more

A round-up of the latest live music news…

K-pop Band Seventeen are to begin their first world tour in over two years in June with two consecutive dates in Seoul.

The group will play two nights at Gocheok Sky Dome before switching to North America, where they will play 12 cities. The North American leg begins on August 10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, making stops in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta before wrapping up in Newark at Prudential Center on September 6.

Official fan club members and general verified fans can register now through Thursday, May 26 for the Verified Fan presale. Tickets go on general sale on June 3.

Rock band Pearl Jam have cancelled the final two shows of the current leg of their North American tour after a second member of the band tested positive for COVID.

The band played on despite losing drummer Matt Cameron due to illness last week, but have called off this week’s Sacramento and Las Vegas gigs after bassist Jeff Ament tested positive. The tour resumes in Quebec City in September.

Tickets for Kendrick Lamar’s 65-date world tour will go on general sale on Friday (May 20).

The Big Steppers Tour will begin at Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center on July 19, with a long stretch in North America before switching to Europe and Australasia. The final date is at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand in December.

For all shows in the US, the first tickets will be available to Cash App customers via an exclusive ticket presale which starts today (May 19).

Gorillaz are to play a 21-date North American tour starting this September.

The tour, which is Gorillaz’ first Stateside trip since 2018, will feature singer Damon Albarn and a 14-piece Gorillaz live band. The ‘virtual act’ begin the tour in Vancouver before wrapping up on October 23 in Miami.

Paolo Nutini has announced details of a new UK and European tour which runs from August to November.

The Scottish artist, who will soon release his fourth studio album, begins the tour in Ireland before taking in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Nutini finishes the tour with six UK dates, taking in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Hull, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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