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Brit Awards 2018: Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa lead nominations

Ed Sheeran

Story by Jack Foley

ED Sheeran and Dua Lipa lead the nominees for this year’s Brit Awards.

Sheeran is nominated for four awards, including British male solo artist, British album of the year, British single and British artist video of the year. While Lipa is up for five, including British breakthrough artist, British female solo artist, British album of the year, British single and British artist video of the year.

Besides being the leading nominees, both are set to perform at this year’s ceremony, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena on February 21.

Sam Smith, Stormzy and Foo Fighters have also been confirmed to appear.

Another multiple nominee is Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, who is nominated three times.

The full list of nominees is as follows…

British Artist Video of the Year
Anne-Marie, Ciao Adios
Calvin Harris Feat. Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry/Big Sean, Feels
Clean Bandit Feat. Zara Larsson, Symphony
Dua Lipa, New Rules
Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
Harry Styles, Sign of The Times
Jonas Blue Feat. William Singe, Mama
Liam Payne Feat. Quavo, Strip That Down
Little Mix, Touch
ZAYN and Taylor Swift, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

British Breakthrough Act
Dua Lipa
J Hus
Loyle Carner

​British Female Solo Artist
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Kate Tempest
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith

British Male Solo Artist
Ed Sheeran
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag’N‘Bone Man

​British Group
London Grammar
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice
The xx

British Album of the Year
Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran, ÷
J Hus, Common Sense
Rag’n‘Bone Man, Human
Stormzy, Gang Signs & Prayer

British Single
Calvin Harris Feat. Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry/Big Sean, Feels
Clean Bandit Feat. Zara Larsson, Symphony
Dua Lipa, New Rules
Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
J Hus, Did You See
Jax Jones Feat. Raye, You Don’t Know Me
Jonas Blue Feat. William Singe, Mama
Liam Payne Feat. Quavo, Strip That Down
Little Mix, Touch
Rag’n‘Bone Man, Human

International Group
Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
The Killers
LCD Soundsystem

International Female Solo Artist
Alicia Keys
Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist
Childish Gambino
DJ Khaled
Kendrick Lamar

Dionne Warwick announces 2018 Don’t Make Me Over UK tour

Dionne Warwick

Story by Jack Foley

DIONNE Warwick will be returning to the UK for her 2018 tour Don’t Make Me Over, featuring the classic hits Walk On By, Any One Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Don’t Make Me Over, Heartbreaker and many more!

Warwick’s supreme vocals will be complimented by an orchestral accompaniment at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, where the tour commences on September 18, 2018.

Working with Burt Baccarach and Hal David, Warwick ranks amongst one of the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era and is one of most charted female singers of all time, with over 56 hits to her name.

Hailing from New Jersey, her rise to fame saw her foundations in gospel, first getting noticed singing backing vocals for The Drifters.

In 1962, her first solo single Don’t Make Me Over launched her career and marked her as a musician of the highest calibre. Two years later, Walk on By firmly established Dionne’s musical heritage, with 5 Grammy’s to follow and a lifetime of musical achievements.

More recently Dionne has been recording a new album produced by Phil Ramone, featuring new material from her long-time friend, icon and composer Burt Baccarach.

The UK tour dates are (all September 2018)

18 – Royal Albert Hall
19 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
20 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
22 – Glasgow Armadillo
24 – Gateshead Sage

The Cure to play 40th anniversary concert at BST Hyde Park in 2018

The Cure, Robert Smith

THE Cure will be celebrating 40 imaginary years on Saturday, July 7, 2018 with a 120-minute headline show at BST Hyde Park, London.

A panoply of fabulous artists will join the band on the day, including Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive and The Twilight Sad, with many, many more yet to be announced…

The concert will see the iconic band playing hits from their lengthy back catalogue.

Finally, to celebrate the milestone, the 40th Anniversary Cure Calendar 2018 is available to buy now but only until December 31, 2017. Order here

Tickets for the Hyde Park show are on sale now.

Sing: Ultimate A Cappella winners Vadé announce first UK tour for 2018


Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING their win on the Sky One entertainment show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, five-piece vocal group Vadé have now signed a major deal with Decca Records and unveiled their single, Cry Your Heart Out – written by One Direction’s Niall Horan.

They have also announced their first UK headline tour in May 2018.

Hosted by Cat Deeley, Sing: Ultimate A Cappella saw 30 of the best groups face-off in the UK’s first vocals-only entertainment competition on TV. Through winning the show, Vadé have successfully recorded their debut album – also called Cry Your Heart Out – which was released on December 8, 2017.

The signature Vadé sound draws inspiration from traditional gospel church music, with added Motown and soul. Their new album features renditions ranging from Motownphilly by Boyz II Men and Kiss From A Rose by Seal, to Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia and Rag n Bone Man’s Human.

Speaking of their signing to Decca, Vadé said: “We are so overwhelmed by the support we have received from doing the show, and completely blown away by the offer of a recording deal from Decca. It was our dream to record an album at Abbey Road Studios and to release an original track written by Niall Horan is more than we could have ever hoped for!”

Made up of Jermaine Sanderson, Philip Yeboah, Roy Crisp, Joseph ‘Kojo’ Anti and Joshua Hammersley Jr. aka JJ, Vadé is an acapella jazz quintet who pride themselves in singing gospel music along with popular inspirational music and love songs.

The group met at their local church, and were bought together by Phillip in 2013 with a vision to create a fresh new sound to a cappella music not only in the UK, but the rest of the world.

Each member of Vadé have full-time day jobs outside of the group – Jermaine and Roy both work as carers, Phillip is an IT consultant, JJ works as a pharmacist and newest member Joseph has a background in architecture.

The UK tour dates are as follows (all May 2018)…

1 – Cambridge Junction 2
2 – Manchester Stoller Hall
8 – Birmingham Glee Club
9 – Bracknell Wilde Theatre
10 – London Islington Assembly Hall

Kasabian and Courteeners confirmed for Teenage Cancer Trust shows (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

TEENAGE Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 18 in 2018, with the first two huge headliners announced to celebrate a special birthday.

Manchester’s Courteeners are having one the biggest years of their life and return as headliners after supporting Noel Gallagher in 2010. They will play their debut album St Jude on Friday, March 23.

And one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Leicester’s Kasabian will return for the fourth time to continue their incredible support for Teenage Cancer Trust on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer.

These incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

Daltrey commented: “I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity.

“Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night.

“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.”

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan commented: “We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause. Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.”

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, December 15.

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats announce 21-date European tour (2018)

Nathaniel Rateliff

Story by Jack Foley

WITH over a million copies sold worldwide of 2016’s critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats have announced a huge, 21-date tour across Europe in Spring 2018, including three nights at London’s iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 11, 12 and 13.

The dates are the first live return of the Night Sweats after a triumphant set supporting Kings of Leon in Hyde Park in July and two sold out nights at the 9,500 capacity Red Rocks Amphitheatre in their hometown of Denver.
For two solid years, Nathaniel Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (keys) and Andy Wild (saxophone) have toured the globe relentlessly, headlining shows and major festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk Festival, Monterey International Pop Festival, and dozens more.

As anyone who has caught the band live can attest to, this is a tour not to be missed.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore release, due in 2018.

Tickets for the tour go on sale from 10am on Monday, December 11 and are available HERE.

The tour dates are (all April and May 2018)

21 – Munich, Muffathalle
22 – Zurich, X-Tra
24 – Cologne, E-Werk
25 – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
27 – Berlin, Astra
29 – Oslo, Parkteatret
30 – Stockholm, Berns
31 – Copenhagen, Vega

3 – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
4 & 5 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
7 – Antwerp, deRoma
9 – Paris, Trianon
11, 12 & 13 – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
14 – Manchester, Albert Hall
19 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
20 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
21 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Portico Quartet and Beth Orton to play In The Round 2018

Story by Jack Foley

NOW in its third year, London’s iconic Roundhouse presents In The Round 2018, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s main space, staged in a rarely seen fully-seated concert set up.

Fast becoming a fixture of the music-lovers’ calendar, the series runs from January 31 to February 10, 2018, with a programme of 10 very special shows, including premieres and special sets from an eclectic mix of artists.

Confirmed to appear so far are Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, whose soaring, powerful voice sits in stark contrast to the gritty unguarded voice of American songwriter-singer Jimmy Webb, who accompanies his best loved songs with compelling stories of his life.

Brightonian punk-folk-rockers Levellers perform a very special acoustic set while Chip, one of the UK’s most celebrated rappers returns to his grime roots to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape.

Known for their hypnotic, mesmerising mix of jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin premier brand new music while Portico Quartet return to their signature cinematic, minimalist sound.

Geordie songstress Nadine Shah, known for her darkly powerful voice and bleak, yet compassionate lyrics and Beth Orton, one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music, will also appear.

The line-up so far (all January and February 2018)…

31 – Oumou Sangaré

1 – Jimmy Webb
2 – Nadine Shah
3 – Portico Quartet
4 – Levellers Acoustic
8 – GoGo Penguin
9 – Chip
10 – Beth Orton

Roundhouse presents In the Round
January 31 – February 10, 2018

0300 6789 222
Booking fees apply – see website for full details.

Stars of TV's Nashville announce Farewell UK tour

Story by Jack Foley

THE stars of Lionsgate’s hit television series Nashville are set to play one final time for audiences in the UK during their Farewell Tour in April.

Launching April 14, 2018, in Birmingham, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio.

Tour stops will feature songs from the series as well as artists’ original material and are set to include: Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and a final show at London’s The O2.

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday, December 8.

Nashville staged sold-out tours in the UK in 2016 and 2017.

Steve Buchanan, president, Opry Entertainment, commented: “The cast of Nashville have become tremendous ambassadors and representatives of a city that they now love. They carry with them the spirit of the city and its music.

“The 2018 UK Tour will be bittersweet for our cast of amazing actors, singers and songwriters as they share the stage together for one last farewell to the fans.”

The UK shows go on sale Friday, December 8 at 9am.

The UK tour dates are (all April 2018)

14 – Birmingham Genting Arena
15 – Leeds First Direct Arena
17 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
18 – Manchester Arena
20 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
21 – London The O2

Katie Melua announces Winter 2018 European tour featuring Gori Women’s Choir

Katie Melua

Story by Jack Foley

MULTI award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including 13 UK dates.

Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silver-certified 2016 album In Winter.

In Winter was recorded in Georgia, and commanded some of the finest reviews of her career. The associated 2016 tour, which saw Katie and the choir undertake 28 performances across eight countries, received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.

Next winter will see another expansive set of live performances, which will include songs from In Winter alongside new recordings and catalogue classics adapted for the stage.

The announcement follows the release of the 2xCD Special Edition of In Winter, which includes the BBC Children in Need 2017 single Fields Of Gold.

The second disc, recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, includes live renditions of the entire In Winter album, as well as new choral arrangements of hits such as Closest Thing To Crazy, Nine Million Bicycles and I Cried For You performed with the Gori Women’s Choir.

The UK dates are (all November and December 2018)

28 – Bournemouth Pavilion
29 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
30 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

2 – Salford Lowry
3 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
4 – Guildford G Live
6 – Brighton Dome
7 – Bath Forum
8 – London Central Hall Westminster
10 – Liverpool Philharmonic
11 – Gateshead Sage
12 – York Barbican
13 – Edinburgh Assembly Rooms

Taylor Swift adds additional UK dates (2018)

Taylor Swift's Reputation tour

Story by Jack Foley

DUE to overwhelming demand additional shows have been added in Manchester, Dublin and London to Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour.

Tickets for the first shows in these cities went on sale earlier today. Tickets for the added dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Subscribers of will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

*The new dates are (all June 2018)

9 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
16 – Dublin Croke Park
23 – London Wembley Stadium

The existing UK dates are (all June 2018)

8 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
15 – Dublin Croke Park
22 – London Wembley Stadium

Swift’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, reputation, topped iTunes album charts in 111 countries and debuted at No.1 on the Official UK Albums Charts, the Official Irish Albums Charts and the Billboard 200 album chart.

Selling over 1.29 million copies in the US week of release, it is the highest selling album there this year.