Beth Orton Announces First U.S. Headline Tour In Five Years

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Beth Orton performs at The O2 Arena on June 28, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Little/Redferns)

Beth Orton will be headlining venues throughout the U.S. for the first time in more than five years this fall with dates booked in New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

The tour news arrives alongside the release of the English singer-songwriter’s new single “Friday Night,” featuring The Smile drummer Tom Skinner, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and bassist Tom Herbert of The Invisible. “Friday Night” is the latest song from her new album, Weather Alive, due on Sept. 23 – her first LP since 2016’s Kidsticks.

The North American tour kicks off on Nov. 11 at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., and continues on to World Café Live in Philadelphia, Bowery Ballroom in New York, The Great Hall in Toronto, The Mayfield in Chicago and more before wrapping up at Vancouver’s Hollywood Theater on Nov. 22.

Ahead of the tour, Orton has a U.K. tour planned that includes performances at Academy 2 in Birmingham, England, on Oct. 7, KOKO in London on Oct. 9 and RCMN Concert Hall in Manchester. Earlier this year Orton had a spring stint opening for Alanis Morisette’s arena tour.

The inspiration for her upcoming album follows the passing of Orton’s two closest musical collaborators, Andrew Weatherall and Hall Willner. Weather Alive marks the first time Orton self-produced an album, and she considers the album a collaboration with herself.

“I wanted to be one of those women who are all sorted and put together some day but at 40, I kept getting messier and more ill and things just kept going wrong,” Orton said in a statement. “This record explores all of that. I’m talking about my experiences possibly in a more personal way then I ever have but the important part will be how this music makes other people feel. It’s not a finished masterpiece, it is a collaboration with time, of someone struggling to make sense. And in that struggle, something beautiful got made.”

Morton’s last time playing the U.S. was in 2019 where she supported Mercury Rev on a handful of dates.

The Morissette support dates included a June 21, 2022, gig at 3Arena in Dublin that sold 12,212 tickets and grossed $950,455.

Orton’s most recent headline gigs reported to Pollstar include a Feb. 4, 2018, show at Whelans in Dublin, that sold 425 tickets and grossed $12,151, and a June 9, 2017, performance at Croxton Park Hotel in Thombury, Australia, that sold 955 tickets and grossed $47,696.

Orton graced the cover of Pollstar in 1997 after playing Lilith Fair earlier that year. In 1997 she also earned a nomination at the Pollstar Awards for Best New Artist Tour.

Tickets for Orton’s upcoming tour dates go on sale starting Aug. 19.

Beth Orton North American Tour Dates
11/01 – Sixth & I – Washington, DC
11/02 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
11/03 – First Congregational Church – Montclair, NJ
11/05 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
11/06 – Crystal Ballroom – Somerville, MA
11/07 – Le Studio TD – Montreal, QC
11/08 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON
11/10 – The Mayfield – Chicago, IL
11/12 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN
11/14 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
11/16 – Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
11/18 – Bimbo’s – San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
11/21 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
11/22 – Hollywood Theater – Vancouver, BC