They celebrate their 40th anniversary and 15th album Silver/Lead
Julian Marszalek

13:01 6th September 2017

Punk pioneers Wire have announced a UK tour for the autumn. They will play 14 dates across the country including gigs Norwich, Edinburgh and Cardiff to celebrate their 40th anniversary in support of their 15th studio album, Silver/Lead, which came out earlier this year.

The tour kicks off at Norwich’s Waterfront on October 24 and winds up at Portsmouth’s Wedgwood Rooms on November 10.

“Wire are one of the world’s most ground-breaking bands, their influence acknowledged by bands as diverse as Blur, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Savages. But they have never been interested in exploiting past glories.

“For Wire, there is only ever one possible direction – forwards. So it’s perhaps not surprising that over recent years, they’ve played strings of sold-out shows, achieved career-best record sales, and been cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands.

“Silver/Lead is the sound of a uniquely addictive 21st century psychedelic post-punk.”

They’re not wrong. Wire are one of the very few bands that started in the punk ers to have their line-up (almosy) intact and to have continued making excellent and often groundbreaking music.

Wire play:


24 - Norwich Waterfront
25 - Bristol The Fleece
26 - Dover Booking Hall
27 - Brighton The Haunt
29 - York The Crescent
30 - Preston Guild Hall
31 - Wolverhampton Arts Centre


02 - Leicester Dryden Street Social
03 - Newcastle Riverside
05 - Dundee Beat Generator Live
06 - Edinburgh The Mash House
08 - Cardiff The Globe
09 - Oxford The Bullingdon
10 - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

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