THE SLOW READERS CLUB announce headline show at Belfast, Limelight 2 on Fri 14th April 2023

The Slow Readers Club

Fresh from playing a selection of huge summer shows as guests to the iconic Pixies, The Slow Readers Club are set to embark upon a major UK and a European headline tour in 2023. The tour is announced as the critically acclaimed Manchester band work on the full-scale follow-up to 2020’s Top 10 album ‘The Joy of the Return’.

That same year also saw the band release the more ethereal ‘91 Days In Isolation’, which was written remotely under lockdown restrictions.

Vocalist Aaron Starkie says, “We’re buzzin’ to be back out on tour next year in the UK and Europe. We’ll be playing new tunes alongside the old favourites and we might sling a few surprises in too. The UK tour ends with a home town show in Manchester. We’ve not done a big headline in our own city since 2019 so we feel it’s about time.”

The Slow Readers Club are currently embarking upon a UK headline tour which concludes with shows in Stoke, Norwich, Oxford and Brighton.

Completed by Aaron’s brother Kurtis Starkie (guitar), James Ryan (bass) and David Whitworth (drums), The Slow Readers Club first established a loyal following with two self-released albums: 2011’s eponymous debut and 2015’s ‘Cavalcade’. Aaron’s lyrics upscaled from the personal to the political and dystopian with ‘Build A Tower’ (2018), ‘The Joy Of The Return’ and ‘91 Days In Isolation’ (both 2020). Their sound has constantly evolved, their core being anthemic electro-rock boasting the noir lustre of Interpol, Alt-J, The Maccabees and Depeche Mode.

The Slow Readers Club are particularly beloved in their home city of Manchester, where they have sold-out numerous shows, including the O2 Apollo and two nights at the O2 Ritz – Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, cites them as his favourite band. They’ve also stormed festivals including Isle of Wight, Tramlines, Kendal Calling, Victorious and Y Not? and have been consistently championed by James, most recently as guests at two arena shows in Portugal.

MARCH 2023

4th – UK, Leeds, University Stylus

6th – UK, Glasgow, SWG3

7th – UK, Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

9th – UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

10th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2

11th – UK, Bristol, Thekla

13th – UK, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

14th – UK, London Lafayette

17th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall

23rd – Germany, Berlin, Lido

24th – Germany, Hamburg, Kent Club

25th – Belgium, Antwerp, Trix Club

30th – France, Paris, Supersonic

31st – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Rotown

APRIL 2023

1st – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Tolhuistuin

14th – UK, Belfast, Limelight 2

15th – Ireland, Dublin, Academy

29th – Portugal, Porto, M.Ou.Co


Limelight 2, Belfast

Fri 14th April 2023

18+ Only

Doors 7 pm

Tickets are on sale Thursday at 9 am from

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  1. Great band. Their shows are epic. Heading over from the States for 3 September shows in support of The Joy of The Return and 91 Days. Hoping for a US tour in 2023, they are too good not to be known.

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