The Stranglers call time on big tours with autumn gigs. Leeds and Sheffield beckon

The Stranglers: last full-scale tour in 2020

THE Stranglers, still going strong after 46 years, have decided their 21 October and November dates will be their final “extensive full production UK tour”.

“This is the last time we intend to play together in this way,” they say, after announcing Yorkshire gigs at Sheffield City Hall on October 30 and Leeds O2 Academy on November 12. “While we may not be checking out completely just yet, this will be the last opportunity to see us playing together in a comprehensive touring format.”

No more heroes on the road on full UK tours post 2020, autumn’s shows are a chance to enjoy peaches from a back catalogue of 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums before they walk on by to other ways of still gigging.

Responding to “overwhelming demand” from Stranglers fans, the invitation went out to Ruts DC to be this autumn’s special guests, so, yes, they will be Staring At The Rude Boys.

Meanwhile, The Stranglers – The Movie, a crowd-funded documentary that “attempts to cram the band’s complex story, full of wild anecdotes, into one film”, will be released imminently.

Tour tickets go on sale on Friday at and