Former Manchester United footballing legend Eric Cantona has announced new live dates for his Cantona Sings Eric tour across the UK and Ireland. The Marseille-born footballer has swapped balls for ballads and will be making a stop in Manchester, where he played for Manchester United Football Club between 1992 and 1997, as part of his tour.
Marking his return to the stage following last year’s debut sold-out success, Eric Cantona will play shows throughout the UK, including Manchester’s Palace Theatre, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Newcastle’s O2 City Hall. Cantona’s previous performances saw the actor, singer and former footballer take to the stage solo with just himself and a modest piano and a cello, “stamping his mark on new artistic heights and musical endeavours”.
Cantona Sings Eric Tour Dates 2024
Wednesday 10 April – Dublin, Liberty Hall
Friday 12 April – Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow
Saturday 13 April – Aberdeen, Music Hall
Sunday 14 April – Newcastle, O2 City Hall Newcastle
Tuesday 16 April – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
Wednesday 17 April – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 18 April – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 20 April – Manchester, Palace Theatre
On 11th May 1997, when having played his last game and swapped his number 7 Manchester United shirt for his opponent’s, Eric made it to the changing rooms one last time, exiting like a rock star rather than a regular centre-forward. From that day, the man dubbed the ‘enfant terrible’, the ‘wild boy’, ‘the brat’, but also crowned the ‘King’, as much for his on-field heroics as for his wild antics, has made a name for himself beyond the pitch.
As well as being an actor on stage and on screen – more famously for directors Alain Corneau and Ken Loach – (and also appearing in the Netflix Beckham documentary) he has written his own songs including The Friends We Lost and Tu Me Diras, for which he wrote the music and lyrics in English and French. These first two songs of his are supported by a very classic guitar-piano-string combo and are said to show us “a side of Cantona that’s intimate and deep”.
Presales for Cantona Sings Eric will start on January 24 at 10am. Additional presales will run throughout the week, with general on-sale following on January 26 at 10am. For more information and to book tickets head here.