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Sam Smith announces 2018 UK Arena tour

Sam Smith

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Smith has announced his 2018 UK Arena Tour – his biggest headline shows to date.

Commencing in Sheffield, the UK leg of his tour will include dates in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham, concluding with two dates in London’s The O2.

Fans who pre-order the album on Sam’s official store before 12pm on October 24, 2017, will receive a code that grants them access to the ticket pre-sale. You can pre-order the album here.

Sam gave fans a taste of the new album during a series of intimate shows in London, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin in September.

His highly anticipated sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, is due for release worldwide on November 3 via Capitol Records. Pre-order the album here now

The UK dates are (all March and April 2018)

March
20 – Fly DSA Arena, Sheffield
21 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
23 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
27 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
30 – Dublin 3Arena, Dublin

April
3 – Birmingham Genting Arena, Birmingham
6 & 7 – The O2, London

Tickets go on general on Friday, October 27 at 9am.

Jessie Reyez announces one-off London show (2017)

Jessie Reyez

Story by Jack Foley

TORONTO-based singer and songwriter Jessie Reyez has announced a one-off London headline show for Thursday, November 16 at Omeara.

This will be the last chance to see the rising star in the UK this year. Tickets are on sale now.

Jessie has had one hell of a year, with the release of her debut EP, Kiddo, dropping in April to widespread acclaim.

She first broke out last summer with her track Figures, a pared-back acoustic number accompanied by an emotional video. The track quickly exploded online and thrust Reyez into the spotlight – to date the video has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube and the track peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Top 100, with over 20 million Spotify streams and counting.

With her short film Gatekeeper and song of the same name, she exposed industry sexism and predatory misogynists, receiving widespread coverage from media including Noisey, Complex, Pigeons and Planes, W Magazine, Jezebel and more.

Her single Shutter Island reached the B-list on BBC 1Xtra and the claustrophobic video has amassed over 3.5 million views.

Foo Fighters' 2018 UK stadium dates sell out in just four hours

Foo Fighters

Story by Jack Foley

AFTER claiming a fourth number 1 album with Concrete and Gold in September, rock giants Foo Fighters have continued their colossal 2017 by selling out their three UK stadium dates in under four hours, including two dates at London Stadium June 22 and 23, 2018.

Waking up to the news, Dave Grohl said: “Hey UK…. what better way to wake up than a hot, black coffee and 3 sold out stadiums. Unreal! You’ve always made us feel so at home there. Now it’s our turn to give it back. We’re gonna light those motherfuckers up…. See you there, Dave”

Chis York, from the band UK promoters SJM, added: “ Incredible sales for Foo Fighters 2018 tour. Shows the depth and passion of their brilliant fanbase in the UK and a reflection of how amazing the band are live. Looking forward to what will be an unbelievable run of shows. Congratulations to the band and everyone involved with making this such a phenomenal success. Once again!”

Foo Fighters’ continued domination of the UK charts has seen Foo Fighters hit Number 1 in the Official UK Charts for the fourth time of their career with acclaimed album Concrete and Gold selling in excess of 100,000 copies to date.

Bryan Ferry adds extra dates to 2018 tour due to demand

Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Ferry has announced three extra dates to his 2018 headline tour in Cardiff and Liverpool along with a return to London’s Palladium.

The shows take place at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on Monday, April 9, 2018, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday, April 11 and London’s Palladium on Tuesday, May 1.

Tickets for the extra dates go on sale on Friday 20th October at 10am,

Earlier this week, the singer confirmed his first major UK headline tour since his celebrated London Palladium shows in 2016.

The past few years have been extremely busy for Ferry, with a worldwide tour and release of his first solo live album.

Recorded during the 2015 Avonmore Tour, Bryan Ferry Live 2015 features songs from his highly acclaimed latest album, Avonmore, and classic hits from the Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music back catalogue.

This year has seen Ferry tour all across North America with his incredible live show.

The UK tour dates are (all April and May 2018)

April

9 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
11 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
13 – Manchester O2 Apollo
15 – Newcastle City Hall
17 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall sold out
19 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
25 – Bristol Colston Hall
27 – Oxford New Theatre
29 – Birmingham Symphony Hall sold out

May
1 – London Palladium
3 – London Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith)

Gary Barlow adds three more dates to 2018 UK tour

Gary Barlow

Story by Jack Foley

GARY Barlow has added three more dates to his UK tour in 2018, including an extra night in London.

The dates are Saturday, May 5 in Manchester, Saturday, May 19 at London’s Palladium theatre and Saturday, June 2 at Bournemouth International Centre.

Tickets for the whole tour go on general sale at 10am on Friday, October 20.

Prior to adding the three shows, Barlow had previously announced the tour would kick off in April and play 34 dates in 24 intimate venues.

It will see Gary play intimate venues across the UK and Ireland, including some never visited before. He will be supported on many of the shows by KT Tunstall.

The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over!

“I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played those smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans,” said Gary of his forthcoming tour. “The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there.”

Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist, including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.

The UK tour dates are (all April, May and June 2018)

April
16 & 17 – Edinburgh Playhouse
19 – Perth Concert Hall
20 – Dundee Caird Hall
21 – Aberdeen BHGE Arena
23 & 24 – Hull City Hall
26 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
27 & 28 – Blackpool Opera House
30 – Sunderland Empire

May
1– Sunderland Empire
3 – 5 – Manchester O2 Apollo
8 – Belfast Waterfront
10 – Dublin BGE Theatre
12 – Kilarney, INEC
14 – Brighton, Centre
15 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
17 – 19 – London Palladium
21 & 22 – Llandudno, Venue Cymru
24 – Halifax Victoria Theatre
25 & 26 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
28 & 29 – Isle of Man Villa Marina
31 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion

June
1 & 2 – Bournemouth International Centre
4 – Sheffield City Hall
5 – Sheffield City Hall
8 – Thetford Forest
9 – Delamere Forest

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 20 at 10am.

Tom Chaplin announces three special UK shows in December (2017)

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Chaplin follows the success of his acclaimed solo album The Wave (which debuted at No.3 in the UK Album Chart) with a glorious new disc Twelve Tales of Christmas, out November 17, on Island Records.

This collection features eight original songs co-written by Tom and four inventive covers.

In addition, Chaplin has announced three special UK shows in December, including a night at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

“Christmas is my favourite time of year,” says Tom who has fond memories from his childhood. “The passing years have conspired to erode that magic but I still feel it’s presence when I gather together with my family.”

Produced by David Kosten and recorded at Abbey Road, Muttley Ranch and Snap Studios, the album includes evocative covers of Walking In The Air, Joni Mitchell’s classic River, the Pretenders 2000 Miles and the E17’s Stay Another Day.

Determined to capture the wonderful side of Christmas music, Tom has written some soon to be modern day Christmas classics including new single Under A Million Lights and Midnight Mass.

“The four covers I chose are personal favourites and all very distinct from one another,” Tom says. “I found Christmas a great source of inspiration for writing my own songs. There’s a bittersweet quality to this time of year that made me want to explore the themes of love, lost love and remembering those we have lost.”

The three Chaplin live shows are (all December 2017)

10 – Manchester, Palace
11 – Bath, Forum
12 – London, Royal Festival Hall

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 20 from 10am.

Foo Fighters to play three UK stadium shows in 2018

Foo Fighters

Story by Jack Foley

FOO Fighters have announced three massive UK stadium shows next summer, hot on the heels of their acclaimed number one album Concrete and Gold.

Last Saturday October 7, Foo Fighters curated and headlined their own Cal Jam 17 festival in San Bernardino, California, topping a bill featuring Queens of the Stone Age, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, The Kills, Cage the Elephant and a host of others.

Foo Fighters’ incendiary headline set was received rapturously by a crowd of Foo believers over 30,000 strong.

General tickets are available from 9am on Friday, October 20.

Foo Fighters play the following three dates (all June 2018)

19 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
22 & 23 – London Stadium

2017 has been the year that Foo Fighters returned bigger and better than ever with an album critics everywhere proclaimed to be one of the best of their illustrious career. Modern day classics including Run, La Dee Da and The Sky Is A Neighborhood are already live show favourites.

Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.

Gary Barlow announces solo tour for 2018

Gary Barlow

Story by Jack Foley

GARY Barlow has announced that he will embark on a tour of the UK in 2018, kicking off in April and playing 34 dates in 24 intimate venues.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, October 20.

The tour will see Gary play intimate venues across the UK and Ireland, including some never visited before.

The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over!

“I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played those smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans,” said Gary of his forthcoming tour. “The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there.”

Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist, including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.

The UK tour dates are (all April, May and June 2018)

April
16 & 17 – Edinburgh Playhouse
19 – Perth Concert Hall
20 – Dundee Caird Hall
21 – Aberdeen BHGE Arena
23 & 24 – Hull City Hall
26 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
27 & 28 – Blackpool Opera House
30 – Sunderland Empire

May
1– Sunderland Empire
3 & 4 – Manchester O2 Apollo
8 – Belfast Waterfront
10 – Dublin BGE Theatre
12 – Kilarney, INEC
14 – Brighton, Centre
15 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
17 & 18 – London Palladium
21 & 22 – Llandudno, Venue Cymru
24 – Halifax Victoria Theatre
25 & 26 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
28 & 29 – Isle of Man Villa Marina
31 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion

June
1 – Bournemouth International Centre
4 – Sheffield City Hall
5 – Sheffield City Hall
8 – Thetford Forest
9 – Delamere Forest

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 20 at 10am.

Seal announces Standards UK tour for 2018

Seal

Story by Jack Foley

SEAl has announced UK tour dates for 2018 in support of his tenth studio album Standards.

Backed by a big band, the multi-award winning star will be performing songs from the new album, alongside his classic hits Killer and Kiss From A Rose.

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars.

Standards brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world.

Standards hears Seal’s signature vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You).

Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

Seal said: “It’s great being back in my home country, and touring with this album is going to be such an experience. We have a full big band – it’s going to be amazing.”

The UK tour dates are (all February 2018)

10 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
11 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
13 – Gateshead The Sage
14 – Manchester O2 Apollo
17 – Brighton Dome
18 – Bristol Colston Hall
19 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
21 – Birmingham SYMPHONY Hall
22 – London Palladium

Pre-order the new album Standards from seal.com by Tuesday, October 17 to gain exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 10am on Wednesday, October 18, 48 hours before general sale.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, October 20.

The Streets announce additional London show (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

DUE to popular demand, Mike Skinner and The Streets have announced an additional London show as part of their very special one-off UK tour, The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light, for April 2018.

He will now perform seven dates across the UK, including three huge shows at London O2 Academy Brixton on April 25, 26 and 27.

Making his highly anticipated return to the live music circuit, The Streets will perform all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums, including The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything is Borrowed, Computers and Blues, A Grand Don’t Come For Free and Original Pirate Material.

Having last toured back in 2011 with the Computers & Blues UK tour, it will be the first time that The Streets have performed live in seven years.

Speaking about his huge comeback, Skinner said: “I’ve missed tour buses very much. Which is the least of the reasons why I have decided to tour The Streets again. The other thing I’ve missed is trying to think up what I’m going to say in the gap between the songs.

“When you DJ they tell you that you don’t need a tour bus and you don’t need to think up things to say between the songs. But seriously, it’s been long enough. With my Tonga parties, the new rap and grime MC’s I have been producing and the DJing, I have been living with music since making The Streets for nearly as long as I made The Streets.

“I’m not the guy smoking in the car anymore though, I have become the guy in the club, so I hope I will be excused for putting on after parties in nightclubs after every show.”

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, October 13.

The UK tour dates are (all April 2018)

19 – Birmingham O2 Academy
20 – Glasgow O2 Academy
21 – Manchester O2 Apollo
23 – Leeds O2 Academy
25-27 – London O2 Academy Brixton