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07 October 2021

The Red Hot Chili Peppers to play live at Emirates Old Trafford in 2022


Little over a week after playing host to 50,000 fans for the Courteeners, Emirates Old Trafford is already preparing for a blockbuster year of live music at the venue in 2022 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers this week confirming an appearance as part of their next World Tour.

The June 22 show will be among the bands first live appearances in the UK for over five years.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1983, vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist John Frusciante have enjoyed a legendary career that has seen them sell 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

The group has won countless awards, including six Grammy’s, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

The visit to Emirates Old Trafford forms part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers first World Tour in five years and first live shows in the UK since 2016, where they will play some of their greatest hits including Under the Bridge, Californication and Otherside, amongst many others.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers complete a stellar line-up of music acts appearing at Emirates Old Trafford in 2022 with fellow American rockers The Killers (June 11) and the Foo Fighters (June 25) also confirmed for what promise to be a trio of sold-out shows.  

Commenting on recent events, Lancashire Cricket CEO Daniel Gidney, said: ”We are absolutely thrilled that the legendary Red Hot Chilli Peppers have chosen to perform at Emirates Old Trafford next year. They are clearly one of the most popular and recognisable bands in the world and, wherever they go, huge entertainment and a sell-out crowd is guaranteed. This is great news for music fans in Manchester, and around the UK, adding to a world-class line-up of music acts performing at the venue in 2022.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announcement comes just weeks after Emirates Old Trafford played host to 50,000 fans for the Courteeners. Playing in front of one of the largest post-pandemic crowds, the Courteeners show – with support from the Blossoms and Johnny Marr – was a real celebration of Manchester's musical legacy and culture.

“After such a long-period without live events, there was a celebratory mood amongst the 50,000 strong crowd for the Courteeners last week. It was a magnificent night: one that will live long in the memory and now forms part of the legacy of this venue. We look forward to many more occasions like this now we are able to fully open our doors and welcome a broad range of events back to our award-winning multi-purpose venue”, Gidney continued.

Famed for being the home of Lancashire Cricket and a regular host of International matches and world renowned music artists, earlier this month Emirates Old Trafford launched a new marketing campaign that celebrates the excitement of the unrestricted return of live events at its award-winning venue.

The new marketing drive reflects the heritage of sporting achievement at the venue by urging leisure and corporate event goers to get their ‘Game Face’ on as they embrace the atmosphere and euphoria of being back at a full capacity event.