John O’Connell’s Simply Dylan Band are back this year for a brand-new headline tour across the UK to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday.

As straightforward as the title suggests; no frills, no gimmicks, no pretence; Simply Dylan is John’s personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan. O’Connell, formerly of Groundpig, has had his name indelibly written into the tapestry of Liverpool’s music scene, has collaborated with other highly reputable musicians to form his Dylan Band.

The combination of the band delivering high energy renditions of the prodigious songwriter’s work and John skilfully singing and enunciating the lyrics, has seen the project go from recognising Dylan’s 70th Birthday, to selling out the Cavern Club six times, to receiving fantastic reviews from audiences across the UK and most recently having the privilege to open up the Isle of Wight Festival in 2019 on the big top stage.

“It is incredible to consider that Dylan has been writing and performing for some six decades and continues to do so right up to the present day. The talent he has for story-telling and developing a song is extraordinary. My greatest challenge is deciphering a set-list when there is so much choice and an array of genres to select from; after all everyone has their own personal favourite!” said John O’Connell.

This new tour will celebrate and pay tribute to the career of one of the most iconic songwriters.



Date Venue
Sun 15th The Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham
Sun 22nd Astonbury Festival Aston


Date Venue
Thu 2nd The Old Courts Wigan
Sat 4th Otley Courthouse Otley
Fri 17th West Kirby Arts Centre Birkenhead
Sat 18th West Kirby Arts Centre Birkenhead
Thu 23rd Komedia Brighton
Fri 24th The Astor Theatre Deal
Sat 25th O2 Academy Bournemouth


Date Venue
Fri 1st Tamworth Assembly Rooms
Sat 2nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Wed 6th The Atkinson Southport
Fri 8th Cottingham Civic Centre
Sat 9th The Playhouse Norwich
Sat 23rd The Cluny Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri 29th The Bowden Rooms Bowden
Sat 30th Ripley Live Ripley



Date Venue
Sat 12th The Greystones Sheffield


Date Venue
Thu 12th The Lowry Salford
Fri 13th City Varieties Leeds
Sat 14th Bush Hall London
Thu 19th Mac Birmingham
Fri 20th Old Fire Station Carlisle
Sat 21st Oran Mor Glasgow


Date Venue
Sat 4th M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

Tickets are now on sale

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