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KEITH URBAN (AND FANS) ANNOUNCE “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” DURING LIVE STREAMED POP-UP PERFORMANCE

Jan 17 2018

Announces New Album Name GRAFFITI U

At an unannounced pop-up show last night at Nashville’s Exit/In, GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban enlisted his fans to officially announce his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” and also took the opportunity to reveal that his forthcoming album will be called GRAFFITI U.  During a 2-hour surprise show, in front of a crowd of 350 lucky fans that poured out onto the streets, Urban also took time to introduce and perform with GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, who will accompany Urban on the North American leg, as his supporting act.

It was Urban’s fans who took center stage for the tour announcement – a live streamed event that saw them during the feed, in cities across the country announcing the “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” on white poster boards –  http://smarturl.it/KU-FanVideo.

“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for GRAFFITI U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban.  “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating and I loved having our fans included in the announcement of the tour because it’s their tour too.”

The 58-city tour will kick off on June 15th at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will include 10 shows in Canada (supporting act TBA) as well as visits to cities in Nevada, Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas that Urban has yet to headline.  Urban’s shows have become concert events that electrify.  They’re unexpected, if not unpredictable, and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.” The tour will feature many of Urban’s 23 #1 songs, as well as brand new songs that have never been performed live and an all-new concert production that promises to be as spectacular as never before.

“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart filled artistry,” says Ballerini. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

Ballerini continues her record-breaking momentum with acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY (Black River Entertainment) featuring Top 10 single “Legends.” Regarded as her “grown-up statement” (Rolling Stone), the album follows her history-making GOLD debut THE FIRST TIME that delivered three consecutive #1, PLATINUM-certified smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan,” “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in Country music to achieve this accolade. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter,” Ballerini was most recently honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award and ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award.

THE GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018

Fri Jun 15             St. Louis, MO                 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Jun 16            Indianapolis, IN               Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Fri Jun 22             Clarkston, MI                  DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Jun 23            Pittsburgh, PA                 KeyBank Pavilion
Wed Jun 27          Saratoga Springs, NY        Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fri Jun 29             Toronto, ON                    Budweiser Stage
Sat Jun 30            Toronto, ON                    Budweiser Stage
Thu Jul 5              Gilford, NH                     Bank of NH Pavilion
Fri Jul 6               Gilford, NH                     Bank of NH Pavilion
Sun Jul 8              Canandaigua, NY             CMAC
Fri Jul 13              Salt Lake City, UT           USANA Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 14             Denver, CO                    Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sun Jul 15            Albuquerque, NM             Isleta Amphitheater
Fri Jul 20              Mountain View, CA          Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 21             Lake Tahoe, NV               Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Sun Jul 22            Lake Tahoe, NV               Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Fri Jul 27              Raleigh, NC       Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sat Jul 28             Charlotte, NC                  PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 29            Alpharetta, GA                Verizon Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 3               Philadelphia, PA              BB&T Pavilion
Sat Aug 4              Mansfield, MA                 Xfinity Center
Sun Aug 5             Bangor, ME                    Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Fri Aug 10             Cleveland, OH                 Blossom Music Center
Sat Aug 11            Bristow, VA                    Jiffy Lube Live
Sun Aug 12           Virginia Beach, VA  Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Wed Aug 15           Rogers, AR                     Walmart AMP*
Fri Aug 17             Kansas City, MO             Sprint Center
Sat Aug 18            Chicago, IL                     Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 19           Cincinnati, OH                Riverbend Music Center
Fri Aug 24             Nashville, TN                  Bridgestone Arena
Sat Aug 25            Orange Beach, AL            The Wharf Amphitheater
Sun Aug 26           Tuscaloosa, AL                Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Fri Sept 7              Uncasville, CT                 Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat Sept 8             Uncasville, CT                 Mohegan Sun Arena
Fri Sept 14            Ottawa, ON                    Canadian Tire Centre*
Sat Sept 15           London, ON                    Budweiser Gardens*
Wed Sept 19          Winnipeg, MB                 Bell MTS Place*
Fri Sept 21            Saskatoon, SK                 SaskTel Centre*
Sat Sept 22           Edmonton, AB                 Rogers Place*
Sun Sept 23          Calgary, AB                    ScotiaBank Saddledome*
Tue Sept 25           Vancouver, BC                Rogers Arena*
Thu Sept 27          Eugene, OR                    Matthew Knight Arena
Fri Sept 28            Boise, ID                        Taco Bell Arena
Sat Sept 29           Missoula, MT                  Adams Center
Thu Oct 4             Phoenix, AZ                    Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri Oct 5               Laughlin, NV                   Laughlin Event Center
Fri Oct 12             Peoria, IL                       Peoria Civic Center
Sat Oct 13             Minneapolis, MN              Target Center
Sun Oct 14            Grand Forks, ND             Ralph Engelstad Arena
Thu Oct 18            Toledo, OH                     Huntington Center
Fri Oct 19             Grand Rapids, MI            Van Andel Arena
Sat Oct 20             Louisville, KY                  KFC Yum! Center
Wed Oct 24           Youngstown, OH             Covelli Centre
Thu Oct 25            Hershey, PA                   Giant Center
Sat Oct 27             Brooklyn, NY                  Barclays Center
Sun Oct 28            Charlottesville, VA           John Paul Jones Arena
Thu Nov 1             Little Rock, AR                Verizon Arena
Fri Nov 2               New Orleans, LA             Smoothie King Center
Sat Nov 3              Dallas, TX                      American Airlines Center

* Supporting performer to be announced

For more official Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.

CONTACT:

Paul Freundlich
paulf@pfamedia.net
212 334 6116

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