Blog posts

UK Tour 2018 Announced


YES Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

5th September 2017

Yes LiveThe year 2018 marks half a century since the formation of the legendary group YES, one of the biggest bands in prog-rock history and true pioneers of the genre. To celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 10-date UK tour next March – #YES50.

On this not-to-be-missed tour, YES [Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood] will feature not only many of the band’s classic hits but performances of sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans, which was the first Yes album to top the UK album charts. YES will also play some European shows. Watch this space for more dates.

The final weekend of the UK tour at the London Palladium on 24th and 25th March will include a 50th Anniversary fan convention – more details of the anniversary celebrations will be announced soon. Roger Dean (whose fantastical landscapes have become synonymous with the band’s albums) will unveil new “Close To The Edge” paintings at the Palladium on March 25th.

YES, deservedly inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, will release “Topographic Drama – Live Across America”, a new live album, planned for later in the year, recorded during their US 2016/17 tours.

Talking about their 50th Anniversary, Steve Howe said, “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work – we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’t done in a while.” Geoff Downes adds “I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in YES. The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its 50-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”

Alan White says “Reflecting on the past 46 years that I’ve devoted my life to playing Yes music, it’s been an interesting journey and a true labour of love. I’ve always believed in the power of music and the band’s recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy awarded in 1985 are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years. I’m extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It’s been a great ride!!”


MARCH 2018 (UK & Europe)

Tues 13th Bristol Colston Hall

Weds 14th Sheffield City Hall

Fri 16th Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Sat 17th Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Sun 18th Gateshead Sage

Tues 20th Birmingham Symphony Hall

Weds 21st Brighton Centre

Fri 23rd Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sat 24th London Palladium

Sun 25th London Palladium

Tue 27th Tilburg 013

Wed 28th Antwerp De Roma

Fri 30th Paris Olympia
UK Tickets onsale Friday 8th September from 10.00am.

Available from 24hr Ticket Hotline 0844 249 2222 (subject to fees). Also available from venue box offices and select authorised ticket agencies.

Front row, Meet & Greet & VIP packages are available from

There is no support. Please see ticket for start time.

About YES:

YES is: –

• Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)

• Alan White: drums, percussion (1972 – present)

• Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)

• Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)

• Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)

Founded in 1968 by the late and much-missed Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artist YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, including iconic pieces such as “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. The band’s albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, selling over 50 million records during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned six decades. YES is undeniably one of the world’s all time most influential, ground-breaking, respected and loved progressive rock bands.

11 replies on “UK Tour 2018 Announced”

You need to be in London at the Sunday gig…or if not then Saturday ok!

These are special fan days and events…not to be missed.

David W

Should I stay or should I go?

They’re playing down the road in Bristol. They are performing two songs from Tales. However, I didn’t go when they last played there, Chris was with them and the concert on DVD was soulless.

Jeremy, you should give them a try again. I seem to recall it’s a while since you saw them. I am total agreement with you that the Bristol DVD was soulless – the gig I saw from that tour (Royal Albert Hall) was better but still rather clinical.

I think we can put this down somewhat to Jon Davison still learning the ropes (though he seemed one of the more animated performers).

On the following tour (Drama/Fragile in the UK) I saw them at Brighton and they seemed much more convincing. I really hope that although Alan is billed as the drummer they play most of the set with someone (hopefully Dylan Howe, togh I’ve never seen them with Jay and would love to) who is rather fitter as I fear that Alan is really not up to maintaining the energy required for a whole set.

To be honest, they are never going to achieve the energy and hunger they achieved when you saw them in the 70s. They have nothing to prove! But with the new boys on board they can still bring spirit to music from the calssic era.

Tim – You’re exactly right (heed our words, Jeremy!) – The Bristol show is maybe not the best sample of what they can do lately, although ‘Turn of the Century’ is really quite good. I saw them on the opening night of the Three Album Tour and it was a very good show – better than the DVD. Saw them again on the Drama/Tales tour last year and the difference was amazing – they were no longer an old established band with a new singer, they were a hard-working UNIT functioning as a group and they were on fire that night (with Jay on drums the whole time, except for ‘Machine Messiah).

You’re right – they have nothing to prove – except that they can still get out there and do it, night after night, after all these years.

Go see them, Jeremy – when they are eventually all gone, you’ll regret not doing it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.