Bob Dylan Sets Initial Dates For 2017

Bob Dylan isn’t going to be able to make it to Stockholm this weekend to accept his Nobel Prize, but he is planning a trip overseas next spring. The legendary singer/songwriter announced his initial 2017 tour dates today – a run of gigs in the U.K.

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Les Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, western France.

The Swedish Academy broke the news in November that they had heard word from Dylan that he couldn’t pick up the Nobel Prize in Literature because of “pre-existing commitments.”

NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports, “In a statement, the Swedish Academy says it looks forward to Dylan’s Nobel lecture sometime in the next six months. The Academy says that’s ‘the only requirement.’” Dylan is the first musician to win the acclaimed prize.

He might have a few more awards to his name soon. Earlier this week his Fallen Angels LP was nominated for a Grammy Award for best traditional pop vocal album and The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition) earned a nod for best historical album. 

His first confirmed 2017 tour begins May 3 in Cardiff, Wales.

May 3 – Cardiff, Wales, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
May 4 – Bournemouth, England, Bournemouth International Centre
May 5 – Nottingham, England, The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
May 7 – Glasgow, Scotland, Clyde Auditorium
May 8 – Liverpool, England, Echo Arena
May 9 – London, England, The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tickets go on sale Dec. 13. Visit for more information.