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Busted announces UK tour and new album to celebrate 20th anniversary

The long-awaited announcement by pop punk band Busted has finally been made. The trio, consisting of Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson, and James Bourne, have confirmed they will be performing live gigs across the UK this September, much to the delight of their millennial fans. The upcoming tour marks two decades since the release of their first single, and the band have promised to deliver an electrifying performance for their devoted supporters.

To hype up the crowd for the live shows, Busted released a clip of archive footage from their early years as a band, alongside new interview clips where they reflect on their anniversary. “I think Busted really broke the mould when we started,” Simpson gushed. The band also teased fans earlier this week with a cryptic video hinting at a major announcement.

But that’s not all Busted have in store for their loyal followers. The band also announced the release of a new 15-track album, which will include reworks of their classics. The first track lifted from the album, a brand-new version of ‘Loser Kid’ (Loser Kid 2.0), featuring Simple Plan, will be released on 14 April.

Busted formed in 2000 in Southend-on-Sea and have since sold 2.4 million albums and 1.8 million singles in the UK, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Their first single, ‘What I Go to School For’, reached number three on the UK Singles Chart in September 2002.

The band broke up in 2005 before Bourne and Willis linked up with McFly to form a supergroup called McBusted. Simpson rejoined the band in 2015, and they released new albums in 2016 and 2019.

Just so you’ve got enough time to dig out your old school uniforms and buy some spiky hair gel, here are the Busted tour dates:

  • 2 September – Plymouth, Pavilions
  • 3 September – Cardiff, International Arena
  • 5 September – Swansea, Arena
  • 6 September – Bournemouth, BIC
  • 7 September – Brighton, Centre
  • 9 September – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
  • 10 September – London, The O2
  • 12 September – Bridlington, Spa
  • 15 September – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
  • 16 September – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
  • 17 September – Leeds, First Direct Arena
  • 19 September – Aberdeen, P&J Live
  • 20 September – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
  • 22 September – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • 24 September – Manchester, AO Arena