The legends will be hitting the road for a huge run of shows with the amazing The Twilight Sad
Andrew Trendell
11:29 23rd November 2015

Just Like Heaven - here's the news that all fans of The Cure have been waiting for. They'll be bringing their fittingly chilling greatest hits and hopefully new songs on the road for a massive UK and European tour in 2016. 

'Boys Don't Cry', but this writer is welling up at thought of being 'Close To Me' with Robert Smith and co - supported by Gigwise favourites, the incredible The Twilight Sad

The band say in a statement: "THE CURE TOUR 2016 will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O'Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar) as they explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favourites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production that promises to be one of the 'must see' shows of the year!" 

The shows will cover the vast span of mainland Europe and culminate in Manchester on 29 November and London's Wembley Arena on 1 December.

Full dates and on-sale details are below. For tickets and more information, visit here

The Cure will play:

OCTOBER

07
HELSINKI Finland Hartwall Arena
Presale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : Monday 30-Nov-15 @ 10 am CET

09
STOCKHOLM Sweden
Ericsson Globe Arena
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET

11
OSLO Norway
Spektrum
Pre-sale : Wednesday 25th November 10AM to Thursday 26th November 3PM
On-sale : Tuesday 1st December 9AM CET

12
GOTHENBURG Sweden
Scandinavium
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET

14
COPENHAGEN Denmark
Forum
Presale : 26-Dec-15 @10am CET
Onsale : 1-Dec-15 @ 10am CET

17
HAMBURG Germany
Barclaycard Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

18
BERLIN Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

20
LODZ Poland
Atlas Arena
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

22
PRAGUE Czech Republic
O2 Arena
Pre-sale : 24-25 Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

24
MUNICH Germany
Olympiahalle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

26
VIENNA Austria
Marxhalle
Pre-sale : none
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 9am CET

27
BUDAPEST Hungary
Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

29
BOLOGNA Italy
Unipol Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

30
ROME Italy
Palalottomatica
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

NOVEMBER

01
MILAN Italy
Mediolanum Forum
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

04
BASEL Switzerland
St. Jakobshalle
Presale : 25-Nov-15 @ 8am CET
Onsale : 26-Nov-15 @ 8am CET

06
STUTTGART Germany
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

08
LEIPZIG Germany
Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

10
COLOGNE Germany
Lanxess Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET

12
ANTWERP Belgium
Sportspaleis
Presale : none
Onsale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

13
AMSTERDAM Holland
Ziggo Dome
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET

15
PARIS France
AccorHotels Arena [ex Bercy]
Presale through Alias site : Wednesday 25th November - 10am (local time)
Venue presale (Accorhotels Arena) : Thursday 26th November - 10am (local time)
On sale : Friday 27th November - 10am (local time)

17
LYON France
Halle Tony Garnier
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November - 10am (local time)

18
MONTPELLIER France
Park&Suites Arena
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November - 10am (local time)

20
MADRID Spain
Barclaycard Center
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET

22
LISBON Portugal
MEO Arena
Onsale : 28-Nov-15 @ 11am CET

24
BILBAO Spain
BEC
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET

26
BARCELONA Spain
Palau St Jordi
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET

29
MANCHESTER UK
Manchester Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time

01
LONDON UK
The SSE Wembley Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time

Watch The Twilght Sad perform for Gigwise below

Fingers are crossed for new material to be aired - after frontman Robert Smith last year revealed that the band were workin on two new album

  • 12. 'Lovecats' - It's a timeless classic, highly evocative of 80's Britain and a staple on any decent indie disco dancefloor. it also has a great Dexys Midnight Runners feel to it. but with that brilliant dark Cure delicious twist.

  • 11. 'Friday I'm In Love' - Surely the ultimate weekend song, 'Friday I'm In Love' puts a tear in your eye and a spring in your step from the moment the jangly guitar riff first kicks in. It's hardly The Cure's most complex lyrical output, but perfectly suited to the song's sheer, almost childlike joy.

  • 10. 'Boys Don't Cry' - With an opening riff so brilliantly recognisable that The Libertines spent an entire career trying to recreate it, 'Boys Don't Cry' drips with irony - an irony no-one could pull off with the same panache as the theatrically androgynous Robert Smith.

  • 9. 'In Between Days': An electrifying drum roll to kick off one of The Cure's most uplifting cuts. Released in 1985, Smith and co channeled the same morose lyricism and poppy instrumental combo that was all the rage at that time. The lyrics don't boast complexity but are teeming with an unmistakable sincerity.

  • 8. '10.15 On A Saturday Night' - This is taken from their debut album which was released in 1979 and it was a b-side to 'Killing An Arab'. It's quite simply one of the greatest post-punk tracks ever, and it's no wonder The Cure keep playing it 37 years later.

  • 7. 'Pictures Of You' - Assured enough of its own brilliance to justify a two and a half minute guitar intro, 'Pictures Of You' is the most tangible example of The Cure's ability to embrace both euphoria and melancholia in a single breath.

  •  6. 'Lullaby' - This charted at No.5 when it came out in 1989, and it showed the band still had big ambitions. Huge string sections accompany Robert Smith's vocals to sublime effect. A true pop-noir horror story gem.

  • 5. 'Just Like Heave'n: One of the most iconic riffs in The Cure discography, 'Just Like Heaven' is an almost flawless pop song. It has heart and chops, it's so good, in fact, it inspired a thousand great covers and just as many terrible knock-offs that could never do the track justice - looking at you Katie Melua.

  • 4. 'Plainsong': Taken from the classic Disintegration, this is pretty much the perfect opener to any album or gig - crystallizing that oh-so-Cure sense of graceful but aching longing to an elegiac but majestic soundtrack: "Sometimes you make me feel like I am living at the edge of the world".

  • 3. 'Killing An Arab': The title has become somewhat controversial over time with the current climate in world affairs, resulting in the band often writing it on set lists as 'Killing Another' these days, but it is in fact inspired by a scene in Albert Camus' 'The Stranger'. The band's debut single was a short-sharp blast of post-punk energy, full of vim and vigour - setting the template for countless copycats for a generation to come.

  • 2. 'Close To Me': The Cure at their most playful and infectious. Can you name a better pop song? Didn't think so.

  • 1. 'Lovesong': Using a palette of forlorn lyrics and achingly romantic but melancholy sounds that is entirely exclusive to The Cure, 'Lovesong' is proof alone that they are the masters of taking hopeless devotion and searing heartache and turning into such an utterly essential listen.

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