American rock duo The Black Keys are heading to the UK as part of their ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’ in 2023. Here's everything you need to know about concert dates and venues, as well as how you can secure VIP tickets.

Last Updated: 06/01/2023 at 12 pm

Formed in 2001, The Black Keys are a rock duo from Akron, Ohio, USA. They are considered one of the most popular garage rock bands from the genre's second-wave revival in the early 2000s.

The band spent years of their career extensively touring round clubs and smaller venues, building up an underground cult following in the process.

The Keys have produced multiple critically acclaimed albums, including ‘Rubber Factory’, their 2008 record ‘Brothers’ (which won three Grammy Awards), and their first number-one album, ‘Turn Blue', in 2014.

The ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’ comes after their 2022 album of the same name and includes dates in North America and Europe.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about The Black Keys' upcoming upcoming 2023 tour dates, including how you can get VIP tickets to see them play live.

Buy The Black Keys VIP tickets

Are The Black Keys releasing any new music?

At the moment, there is no announcement of any new music from the band as they are focused entirely on their tour of America and Europe.

The band's last release came in the form of their eleventh studio album, ‘Dropout Boogie’, in 2022.

The album featured 10 songs, including the singles ‘It Ain't Over’ and ‘Wild Child’, with the latter topping the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart.

The album's stripped-down blues rock sound is reminiscent of the band's early days and rise to prominence, and was a critical success receiving a Metacritic score of 74 out of 100.

When talking to NME about the new record, the band’s guitarist and lead vocalist, Dan Auerbach, based the band's success on the bond between him and Patrick Carney, stating “It’s the natural chemistry Pat and I have”.

When discussing the possibility of a follow-up album to ‘Dropout Boogie’, in an AMA (Ask me anything) session on their r/indieheads subreddit, the duo recently stated: “We like to think that is highly likely”. This means that new music from the blues rock outfit could be on the way very soon.

When was The Black Keys last tour?

The band’s last tour came in 2019 off the back of their ninth studio album ‘Lets Rock’. The tour consisted of 32 dates across North America, starting at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and ending in Jacksonville.

Unfortunately, the tour did not include any European dates at all with the band’s last appearance in the UK being all the way back in 2015 when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival.

The duo also played sets at Latitude Festival and Glastonbury Festival in 2014 as part of their ‘Turn Blue Tour’.

Where are The Black Keys performing?

The European leg of the ‘Dropout Boogie tour’ will take place across five countries between the 15th and 28th of June, including a huge show in the UK at AO Arena Manchester on the 22nd of June 2023.

Tweet: The Black Keys announce their European tour dates

The full list of dates on the tour are as follows:

  • Rockhal - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg - 15th June 2023
  • Zenith Paris - Paris, France - 18th June 2023
  • The O2 Arena - London England - 21st June 2023
  • AO Arena - Manchester, England - 22nd June 2023
  • OVO Hydro - Glasgow Scotland - 24th June 2023
  • Palladium - Cologne, Germany - 27th June 2023
  • Stadtpark Open Air - Hamburg, Germany - 28th June 2023

Who is supporting The Black Keys on their ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’?

The Black Keys have officially announced that American rock band Spoon will be supporting them at all of their ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’ UK dates in 2023.

The Keys were supported by Band of Horses, Ceramic Animal, Early James and Velveteers on the North American leg of their tour, so it's possible that one of those bands could also be added to the European leg too.

What could the setlist be for The Black Keys Manchester gig?

The average length of The Black Keys gigs on their ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’ is one hour and thirty-five minutes, so fans will be treated to a huge setlist of the band's biggest hits.

Statistics show that the band’s most played songs across their latest tour are:

  1. ‘Gold on the Ceiling’
  2. ‘Howlin' for You’
  3. ‘Little Black Submarines’
  4. ‘Lonley Boy’
  5. ‘Tighten Up’

The band’s average setlist consists of 22 songs including an encore, and includes all of their most played songs, along with other hits such as ‘Your Touch’, ‘Poor Black Mattie’, 'Crawlin’ Kingsnake’ and ‘Have Love, Will Travel’.

How can I get VIP tickets for The Black Keys?

The Black Keys are one of the most popular garage rock bands of the 2000s and have a big following. Seeing as they haven't visited UK soil for almost nine years, tickets to see them are expected to be in very high demand.

So, why not make your concert experience an extra special one, with a VIP concert ticket?

Watch the show from premium seating with unrivalled views of the stage, get access to private hospitality lounges, and indulge in a selection of food, drink and snacks, and much more!

VIP tickets for The Black Keys AO Arena Manchester concert are on sale now. secure yours now so that you don't miss out on what will be a fantastic night of blues rock!

Buy The Black Keys VIP tickets

If you're a fan of rock then Seat Unique offers a range of rock hospitality packages on our website.