Former Beatle Paul McCartney has announced plans to play his 50th performance in London as a solo artist at The O2 in May.

He is bringing his Out There tour to the North Greenwich venue after 18 months on the road. He has performed 64 dates in 12 countries in front of two million people.

The May 23 gig will be his first concert in the UK since 2012’s special Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall.

McCartney said: “It’s always great when you get to play in your home country. It’s been a little while since I’ve performed here so we’re planning a few surprises and looking forward to playing some songs we’ve never played here.

“We’ve taken this tour all over the world but there’s nothing quite like rocking out with your home audience. We’ll see you soon.”

Audiences can expect to hear three hours of hits from his sprawling back catalogue including work from The Beatles, Wings and his latest album New, released in 2013. The show is accompanied by state-of-the-art lasers, big screens and pyrotechnics.

Later in the short European leg of the tour, McCartney will return to his home city of Liverpool and perform in France for the first time since being awarded France’s highest award, the Legion of Honour, in 2012 for services to music. The last time that Paul visited the Dutch capital of Amsterdam was when he toured with Wings in 1972.

In July the tour will see Paul and his band at their first European festival in five years with a headlining slot at Denmark’s Roskilde. The show in Oslo sees him returning after last playing there as part of 2004’s O4 Summer Tour and his show in Stockholm will be his first there since 2011’s On The Run tour.

2015 has seen McCartney top the charts again with collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna as well as a performance together at the Grammys.

Tickets go on general sale today at AXS.com .