Hootie & the Blowfish Add U.K. & Ireland “Group Therapy Tour” Dates

A month ahead of the highly-anticipated Group Therapy Tour launch, Hootie & the Blowfish announced
seven dates throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland this October to
follow their 47-date U.S. and Canada run of shows.

The announcement follows a wave of excitement surrounding news of the
band’s first full tour in over a decade with forthcoming music under a
new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. They will
celebrate the soon-to-begin tour as part of National Concert Week with a
performance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this Wednesday, May

“I had the incredible opportunity to play the Royal Albert Hall in
London last year, which was a bucket list night for me,” explained
frontman Darius Rucker. “The fans there and everywhere else we played in
Europe were so special. In talking with all of the guys about how
special this year’s tour is going to be, we knew it wouldn’t be complete
without a trip back across the pond to see our amazing fans there.”

pre-sale for Hootie & the Blowfish email subscribers begins
Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m., as does the O2 Priority pre-sale, with a
C2C pre-sale to follow on Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets go 
on sale to the general public Friday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. All times are local.

Group Therapy Tour

May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf

June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre

June 9               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater

June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion

June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion

June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena

June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance

June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl

June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre

June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP

July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair

July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center

July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion

July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center

July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live

July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center

August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center

August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC

August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden

August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden

August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre

August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair

August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair

August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre

August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage

August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium

August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion

September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena

September 11    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

October 4          Dublin, Ireland | 3Arena*

October 6          Bristol, England | O2 Academy*

October 7          Leeds, England | O2 Academy*

October 9          Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland*

October 12        London, England | Eventim Apollo*

October 15        Manchester, England | O2 Apollo*

October 16        Birmingham, England | O2 Academy*

*newly announced U.K. & Ireland dates

For more information and to sign up for the Hootie & the Blowfish email list, visit www.hootie.com. Follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

About Hootie & the Blowfish

With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of
guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni”
Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records
worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in
1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be
With You.”

The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs
at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of
pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily
accessible to anyone who loved good music.

Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD.
The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting
annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo
projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over
a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

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