2022 is set to be another big year of music in the South as some of Britain’s most exciting touring bands visit and local acts headline their own shows.

US superstars The Killers play Southampton in May, while big names like Carl Barat, Jake Bugg, and The Sherlocks are also booked in.

The Guildhall leads with alt-rockers Wolf Alice (22 January), Scottish indie stars Belle and Sebastian (10 February), rapper KSI (16 February) and singer-songwriter Tom O’Dell (18 February).

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The Joiners and Heartbreakers promise to bring the best new acts to Southampton and The Engine Rooms will see gigs by De La Soul (18 March), who are celebrating 30 years together, and singer Miles Kane (11 February).

Following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart, The Killers play St Mary’s Stadium on 31 May. The Las Vegas band will be joined by Stockport indie rockers Blossoms.

Nine years after his first time there, Jake Bugg returns for his third gig at The Guildhall on 4 April. The 27 year old Nottingham songwriter released his fifth album, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning in August.

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Liverpool legends Cast play The Engine Rooms on 28 January to celebrate 25 years of their debut album All Change. Expect to hear tunes like Fine Time, All Right, Sandstorm and Walkaway.

After previously appearing at The Joiners, Talking Heads, The 1865 and selling out the same venue in March 2020, South Yorkshire band The Sherlocks headline The Engine Rooms on Friday 4 March.

The four-piece release their new album World I Understand on January 21. They will be supported by Newcastle singer Andrew Cushin and rising south coast four-piece Crystal Tides, who also join Southampton songwriter Sean McGowan at The 1865 on 12 February.

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The Joiners present pop-indie mash-up kings Deco on 28 January, hotly-tipped Earlestown band The K’s on 27 January, and Isle of Wight breakthrough duo Wet Leg on 30 January 2022.

Also next month, The Libertines’ Carl Barat will play an intimate solo show at the St Mary’s Street venue on 14 January before former Eastenders star Shaun Williamson and his Barrioke show appear on 4 February.

Southampton’s The Manatees are at Heartbreakers on 18 March, while Nottingham’s The Clause are at the same venue on 8 March.

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Meanwhile, the first wave of acts have been announced for Victorious Festival on Southsea Common in August, including Friday headliners Stereophonics, Manchester indie-stars James, Nothing But Thieves, Becky Hill and Declan McKenna.