Top Tickets This Week: Gorillaz, Turin Brakes, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Doves and more

Gorillaz

Following a run of European shows, the virtual band will take their Song Machine Tour to London’s O2 Arena on August 11. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 6.

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Turin Brakes


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Turin Brakes will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Optimist’ with a UK tour in autumn 2021, kicking off in Southampton on October 7 and concluding in Cardiff on October 24. The run also includes a London date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 9. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on November 6.

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Lewis Capaldi

The Scottish singer-songwriter will return to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre for a performance on July 25, 2021. Tickets for the show go on general sale at 9am on November 6. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

Earlier in 2020, the 24-year-old rescheduled his gigs in London, Dublin, Belfast and Cork to 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He also headlines Lytham Festival, as well as Manchester’s Sounds of the City FestivalIsle of Wight FestivalLatitude Festival and TRNSMT Festival following the cancellation of this 2020’s events.

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Snow Patrol

The indie giants will headline Scarborough Open Air Theatre on July 3, with tickets on general sale at 9am on November 6. Head here for pre-sale tickets. Their 2021 itinerary also includes appearances at the Isle Of Wight Festival, Lytham Festival, TRNSMT and Latitude Festival.

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Duran Duran

The British pop legends will head to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on July 7, with tickets for the performance on general sale at 9am on November 6. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

Their 2021 tour plans also include a rescheduled gig at Dublin’s St. Annes Park as well as headlining sets at both the Isle of White Festival and Lytham Festival.

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Doves

Doves will perform at the Piece Hall, Halifax on June 19 as part of the Live At The Piece Hall series, before heading to Delamere Forest the following day, where they’ll play as part of the Forest Live concert series. Tickets for both dates go on sale at 9am on November 6.

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Also announced this week:

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Things We Love This Week: PHOEBE ∆X∆, Julia Church, David Numwami

Welcome back to Things We Love This Week! Below are three of the finest new music picks to help you see through these increasingly brisk, chilly evenings spent inside with a soothing cup of Horlicks and the heating turned up to 11. Aural comfort for Autumn, you could say…


PHOEBE ∆X∆ – Things

PHOEBE ∆X∆, like the rest of us, knows that nothing else can cause your heart to bloom and break like growing pains. Her second track Things is a quietly introspective exploration of coming-of-age fears that unfurls to reveal a crisp indie-pop melody and an intimate, crystalline vocal, and one that revels in the vulnerability of raw emotions.

The feelings here are complicated, unapologetic, perfectly tender, and the 19-year-old sweeps the listener along as she muses on naivety, hopelessness and everything in between. As a nervous synth keyboard hook emerges into the instrumentation, you feel as though you should reach out to hold her hand as she dances through the anxiety. 


Julia Church – Don’t Really Care What We Call It

The highs, the lows, and the painful semi-awkwardness of an early relationship are so vividly painted in Julia Church’s latest release, Don’t Really Care What We Call It. A heavy sense of unease is wrapped up in a floating melody, as the Durban-born vocalist loosens her emotions via gleaming, harmonic layers.

You don’t need to have experienced this state of flux to feel this lush, glowing song’s emotional weight, or to empathise with the increasing levels of fragility and self-doubt that Church finds in herself. The lyrics are pensive, vulnerable, and hit home. Against a minimalist arrangement, this is a moment of realisation.


David Numwami – Beats!

In need of a lockdown 2.0 pick-me-up? Then David Numwami has got quite the track for you. The Brussels-based artist’s second single, Beats!, is an effervescent nugget of French pop gold that is sure to lend itself to your next kitchen disco (remember those?!). The funk overtones are striking, and implore you to let loose for three uplifting minutes.

The joyful, lighthearted music video creates a colourful portrait of unfettered bliss as Numwami dances in and around eye-popping, hand-sketched animations. Above all else, though, it encourages its audience to join in on the fun and pull off similar slinky moves. With Beats!, another round of quarantine may not be that bad after all.

 

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Top Tickets This Week: Gary Barlow, Pearl Jam, Olly Murs, Eric Clapton, Little Mix, Rag’n’Bone Man, Kodaline, Bill Bailey, Penn And Teller and more

Gary Barlow

The Take That member and songwriter will play summer dates at arenas in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Cardiff, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, where he’ll conclude the run with two nights at The O2. Throughout the tour he’ll be accompanied by an orchestra. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on October 9.

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Pearl Jam


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The grunge legends have announced two London BST Hyde Park shows for July 9 and July 10, where they’ll be joined by Pixies and Idles respectively. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 10.

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Olly Murs

Olly Murs has announced a tour of the UK and Ireland for summer 2021. The outdoor run will kick off on June 5 at Swansea’s Singleton Park and runs until August 29, wrapping up at Colchester Castle Park. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 9.

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Eric Clapton

The legendary guitarist and his band will play their only UK shows of 2021 at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 14, 17 and 18. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 9.

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Little Mix

The pop group have added extra dates in Nottingham and Liverpool to their spring Confetti Tour. They’ll put out their new album of the same name on November 6. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 9.

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Rag ‘n’Bone Man

The pop and soul vocalist will play shows at Westonbirt Arboretum, Cannock Chase Forest and Thetford Forest in June as part of the Forest Live concert series. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 9.

Rory Graham has also confirmed an exclusive outdoor London show as part of the Heritage Live concert series, calling at Kenwood House on June 20 with support from special guest John Newman, and Will and the People. Tickets for this event go on sale at 9am on October 22.

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Kodaline


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The Irish band will kick off their spring Wherever You Are Tour on May 17 in Oxford, wrapping up on June 2 at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 9.

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Bill Bailey

The comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist will take En Route To Normal Tour to arenas and concert halls across the UK during winter 2021, kicking off with two nights at Plymouth Pavilions on December 12 and 13, and culminating at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 26. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 9. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Penn and Teller

The American magician duo will continue their 45th anniversary celebrations with shows at Manchester’s O2 Apollo and Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre before a six-date residency at London’s Eventim Apollo between June 22 and 27. Tickets for The First Final UK Tour go on sale at 10am on October 9.

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Also announced this week:

  • Kathrine Ryan will tour her new live show Missus across the UK in 2021 and 2022.
  • Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour will head to arenas across the UK in early 2022.
  • David Gray reschedules his White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour to 2021.
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor has added extra dates to her Kitchen Disco Tour.
  • Squeeze will perform at London’s O2 Arena on December 5, marking the venue’s first socially distanced gig.
  • Horrible Histories Live will tour the UK this Christmas with their own unique take on the festive season.
  • Nile Rodgers and CHIC will perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre in August 2021.
  • Bowling For Soup have confirmed the Surf The UK Tour for May 2021.
  • The Vamps will support their upcoming album, ‘Cherry Blossom’, with a spring UK tour.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Michael Bublé To Play ‘Beautiful Outdoor Venues’ On Second UK Leg Of An Evening With Tour

Michael Bublé

The Canadian vocalist has confirmed the second UK leg of his An Evening With Tour, with the new outdoor run taking in shows in Bath, Hatfield, Aylesham, Derby, Warwick, Durham, Leeds, Exeter, Cardiff and Hove during July and August.

Pre-sale tickets are available now prior to general sale at 9am on December 6.

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Things We Love This Week: La Roux, Porridge Radio, The Shins

Yes, thank you, Game of Thrones, we are all now aware that winter has come. It’s dark when you leave for work in the morning and it’s pitch black by the time you get home. Your toes are always cold. Let’s try and bring back some long gone summer vibes via the magical powers of music.

La Roux

There seems to be a theme of signing off for the week with a Friday-tinged, dance-worthy disco banger. This week, that is courtesy of La Roux! She’s back with International Woman Of Leisure, her first new single since 2014’s ‘Trouble In Paradise’. Along with her signature high vocals, we’ve got slinky guitars and groovy synths, as well one pretty colourful video. Yum! La Roux will play two shows at London’s Fabric in February. Tickets are on sale now.

Porridge Radio

What better way to recall the summer than with a video filmed right there and then? Porridge Radio recorded this live performance of Eugh, from their brilliantly titled 2016 EP ‘Rice, Pasta And Other Fillers’, backstage at Green Man Festival last year. Released this week, the post-punk four-piece bring twanging, sparkling guitars, a taunting bassline and coral-coloured clothing to the green fields of the Brecon Beacons. It reminds us of warm, lazy days, shot in the hazy low light of a summer’s afternoon. Aah.

The Shins

Sticking with the summery theme, the Shins have released a song called Waimanalo, a beach on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaii. Its jittery, old-school country guitars and harmonicas take us to a land of blazing sunshine, with lyrics “sun on the waves, one thousand mornings, I’m still amazed” making it difficult to remember what winter even means. The song is part of a 7″ vinyl charity series, dubbed the ‘Fug Yep Soundation’, honouring the former Shins member Richard Swift, who died last year. Proceeds will go to Swift’s family and the charities MusiCares and Music Support UK.

I’m outta here! **dances out of the room in sun-fuelled bliss, before realising it’s actually super cold outside** Brrr!!!

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Things We Love This Week: Athlete Whippet & Olugbenga, Pillow Queens, MF Tomlinson

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This week’s blog bits fit into three distinct categories for a little bit of organised joy. Get ready to explore The Fun, The Feels and The Freaky in this week’s music news.

Athlete Whippet & Olugbenga

Finally, it’s Friday! It’s time to DANCE! This new number from Athlete Whippet & Olugbenga (who you may recognise from Metronomy) is sure to get every little bit of you grooving. Be Reborn, while on the surface just sounding like a collection of club-ready beats and spacey vocal samples, actually begs some philosophical questions: Is there a better version of yourself to be found within? Is the person you see the same as the person other people see? Who can we look to for these answers?

The track comes from a new EP, ‘Touch’, out on November 29.

Pillow Queens

Who can resist an Irish accent? Not me. The Dublin-based indie-rock band Pillow Queens have dropped a new single, Brothers, from a debut full-length expected in 2020. Lyrically, it’s about cherishing the men in your life, and the band have explained further that the verses contain “quick snapshots of the aftermath from a loss of a friend within a very tight knit group.” They continue to reveal that, “an element of fear runs through the song as this sudden death makes you look around your group and feel terrified of the chances of another.”

It also comes with a great concept video about stopping time. Watch below.

MF Tomlinson

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher from the 19th century who wrote on truth, morality, language and nihilism, so, pretty heavy stuff. MF Tomlinson, on the other hand, is a songwriter from London, who believes Nietzsche deserves a day off from all that boring malarkey. How about some magic mushroom tea or an ice cold beer, Fred? A delightful jazz flute is joined by twangs of blues guitar and a casual tone that struts through the park on a sunny day. 

Tomlinson will headline the Moth Club on November 27.

Ciao x

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Elton John, David Gray, Blossoms, Keith Urban, Example and more

Elton John

The music icon will bring the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to London’s O2 Arena for two more dates on November 2 and December 17, 2020, and to Dublin’s 3Arena for the second time on December 5, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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David Gray

David Gray has announced a tour of the UK and Ireland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal album, ‘White Ladder’, calling at arenas in Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Dublin between March 20 and April 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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Blossoms


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Blossoms will release ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ on January 31, followed by spring shows in Norwich, Margate, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bath, Exeter, Bournemouth, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmigham and London, where they’ll play three nights at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, before finishing up the run with a huge hometown show at Manchester Arena on March 28. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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Keith Urban

The country music star, who last year released ‘Graffiti U’, has lined up performances at London’s Eventim Apollo, O2 Apollo Manchester, O2 Academy Glasgow and O2 Academy Birmingham during May, marking his first full UK tour in over 12 years. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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Example

The prolific chart-topper’s first live trek in six years will take him to Newcastle, Leeds, Hull, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Norwich, Bristol, Bournemouth, and London, where he’ll wrap up the run at the O2 Forum on March 7. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 11.

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Also announced this week:

Yes, Gengahr, Bedouin Soundclash, Insane Clown Posse, Rick Astley, Maluma, William Duvall, Becky Hill, Cirque Du Soleil: Luzia, Kojey Radical, Chelsea Wolfe, Saxon, Friendly Fires, Ella Henderson, Josh Widdicombe, Jack Whitehall, Brothers Osborne, Franc Moody, The Jesus And Mary Chain, 808 State, Polica, Caribou, Monster Magnet, Poppy, the Dears, Disney On Ice Presents: Magical Ice Festival and many more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

 

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Billie Eilish, Celine Dion, Simple Minds, Queen and Adam Lambert, Joe Bonamassa, The Manor and more

Billie Eilish

The pop giant has confirmed she’ll bring her Where Do We Go? Tour to Manchester Arena, London’s O2 Arena, and Birmingham Arena in summer 2020. Eilish’s plans also include dates across mainland Europe, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 9am on October 4.

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Celine Dion

Celine Dion will bring her Courage World Tour to arenas in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin and London during September, following an extensive trek across mainland Europe between May 21 and August 31. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on October 4.

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Simple Minds

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the new wave band will bring the 40 Years Of Hits Tour to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Bournemought’s International Centre, the SSE Arena Wembley, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, the Brighton Centre, Dublin’s 3Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro between April 14 and 25, 2020, after an extensive run in Europe. Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 4.

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Queen and Adam Lambert

Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus longtime frontman Adam Lambert, will head to arenas in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark either side of five nights at London’s O2 Arena and two shows at Manchester Arena in June. Tickets are on sale now.

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Joe Bonamassa

The blues guitarist will call at the Brighton Centre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, the Sage in Gateshead, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena between April 25 and May 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 4.

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The Manor

Having blown the capital away supporting Mike Skinner and The Streets back in February, the south London trio will take over the O2 Academy Brixton for their own headline show on March 21. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 4.

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Also announced this week:

Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Patrick Wolf, Jason Donovan, City and Colour, Waterparks, Shellac, Eliza and the Bear, Creeper, Fugitives of Heaven, Dinosaur Pile Up, Mclusky, Memphis May Fire, Rick Astley, Milky Chance, Big Heath, Anti-Flag, Nada Surf, the Big Moon, Amyl and the Sniffers, Iggy Pop, Anathema, Soul II Soul, Genghar, Ghostface Killah and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Kiwi Jr

Brian Eno and David Byrne once wisely said, “You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile, and you may find yourself in a beautiful house, or you may find yourself at a certain new music blog post on a Friday afternoon.” That’s how it goes right? And you may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?” But don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.

The Beatles

‘Abbey Road’ is 50! FIFTY! What an age. To celebrate, the team behind one of the biggest bands in history have put together an adorable video for Here Comes The Sun,  and it’s pretty sweet.

It’s made up of a collection of rare photos and clips of the band, shots of the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road, and little animations to bind it all together. Watch below, then listen to an entirely newly mixed edition of the album.


Foo Fighters

Surprise! In a pleasant turn of events, Foo Fighters have released two unexpected EPs. They cover live performances from 2005, old demos, b-sides and bonus tracks from 2007’s  ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace’. There’s even A COVER OF ARCADE FIRE!

Week. Made. Although pretty similar to the original in terms of both structure and instrumentation, the band’s rendition of Keep The Car Running is certain to cheer up your drizzly Friday. Enjoy!

Kiwi Jr

It was impossible to not look into this band after seeing a description of their new single as “delightful as fuck.” And guess what? That’s exactly right. Kiwi Jr are a Toronto band that features Brian Murphy of Alvvays on guitar, and they’re releasing their debut album in January. ‘Football Money’ is coming through Persona Non Grata Records, who also put out Pip Blom’s debut EP, FYI.

The first track, Salary Man, does have undeniable Alvvays  influence, but with a jangly, 1980s college-rock spin. If this track and its wacky video doesn’t put you in a good mood, you’ll get your money back. (Not really. I can’t control financial exchanges. But I can tell you to have a little listen.)

ROLL ON THE WEEKEND!

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Westlife, Barry Manilow, The 1975, McFly, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, The Who, Simply Red, Strictly Come Dancing Live and more

Westlife

Westlife will be joined by James Morrison and All Saints for their biggest UK concert to date at London’s Wembley Stadium on August 22. The Irish group will also be joined by Emeli Sandé at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork for the first time on August 28, 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Barry Manilow

The legendary performer will call in Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, between May 28 and June 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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The 1975

The 1975 have announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for 2020, calling in Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena, between February 15 and March 3. The band are touring in support of their anticipated new album, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, which is out on February 21. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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McFly

The pop-rock band, who recently announced a show at London’s O2 Arena, will call in Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, where they’ll play the SSE Arena Wembley, between April 26 and May 10. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer

Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are to play four huge shows in the UK and Ireland in summer 2020. The pop-punk show of the decade, dubbed the Hella Mega Tour, will hit Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on June 24, London Stadium on June 26, Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on June 27 and Dublin’s RDS Arena on June 29. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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The Who

The Who will release their new album ‘WHO’ on November 22, supported with shows in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London between March 16 and April 8. The legendary British rock band will perform with a full orchestra, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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Simply Red

The soul-pop group will play arenas in Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Bournemouth and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, between October 6 and 23, 2020, before more dates across Europe. Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 20.

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Strictly Come Dancing Live

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing favourite and reigning series champion Stacey Dooley, the tour will open at the Arena Birmingham before waltzing around the country for 32 shows, culminating with five huge shows at the O2 Arena in London between February 7 and 9. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 9am on September 20. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Also announced this week:

Stereophonics, Nick Mason, Parkway Drive, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gabrielle Aplin, Elvis Costello, Bat For Lashes, The Hu, Machine Head, Elvis Costello, Status Quo, ScHoolboy Q, Tove Lo, Wilkinson, Supergrass, Evanescence, Within Temptation, And So I Watch You From Afar, Vant, Field Music, DIIV, Ruby Wax, Jack Whitehall and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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