The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Florence And The Machine, MGMT, Josh Groban, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, UB40, Popcaan, Sasha and more…

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

Florence and the Machine will support their upcoming new LP, ‘High As Hope’, with an autumn UK arena tour. With the album set to arrive on June 29 through Virgin EMI, Florence Welch and band will call in Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Brighton, Cardiff and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, between November 15 and 26. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 1.

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MGMT 

MGMT will tour the UK in December as part of a wider European tour supporting their recently released new album, ‘Little Dark Age’. Stops include the Eventim Apollo in London, Glasgow’s SWG3, O2 Academy Leeds and Manchester’s Albert Hall. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 1.

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JOSH GROBAN

Josh Groban has announced arena shows in the UK and Ireland. The December dates will take the singer-songwriter to London, Manchester and Dublin, with tickets on sale at 9am on June 1.

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MORRISSEY

The former Smiths frontman has lined up shows in Edinburgh, Portsmouth and Reading around his two previously confirmed homecoming concerts at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in July. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 10am on June 1.

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JOHNNY MARR

The former Smiths guitarist, who has a new LP, ‘Call The Comet’, out on June 15, will head to Belfast, Dublin, Norwich, Birmingham, Bath, Cardiff, Brighton, London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester during November. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 1.

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UB40

UB40 have announced a new album and details of a 40th anniversary tour for 2019. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 1.

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POPCAAN

The Jamaican dancehall artist, who is due to release ‘Forever’ in August, will call at the SSE Arena Wembley, Manchester Academy and the O2 Academy Birmingham on December 6,7 and 8 respectively. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 1.

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SASHA

Sasha has announced Refracted: Live shows at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on December 14, O2 Apollo Manchester the following day, and Glasgow Barrowland on December 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 1.

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Also announced this week

Snow Patrol, Good Charlotte, State Champs, Jorja Smith, Mac DeMarco, Suggs, Albert Hammond Jr., Sigala, Echo and the Bunnymen, BTS, Knuckle Puck, Young Fathers, Palaye Royale, Flogging Molly, Crown The Empire, Employed To Serve, Jake Bugg, Tony Hadley, Stereo Honey, Khruangbin, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Hands Like Houses, As It Is, the Interrupters, Home Free, Carpenter Brut, Car Seat Headrest, Barbara Dickson, Dan Owen, Deer Tick, Cassia, The Bad Flowers, Federal Charm, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Dub FX, Amber Arcades, Ceelo Green, Warwick Johnson, Lithics, Slade, The House of Love, Haley, Phoebe Bridgers and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, The Streets, Anne Marie, Father John Misty, Mariah Carey, Suede, Years & Years, Matt Goss, and more…

BIFFY CLYRO

Biffy Clyro will embark on an acoustic tour to accompany their ‘MTV Unplugged’ album this September, with the trio confirming stops in Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. Tickets go on sale at 9am on May 11.

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ED SHEERAN

Tickets for production holds at Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Cardiff stadium shows will go on sale at 10am on May 11.

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THE STREETS

The Streets have announced extra shows in Birmingham and Manchester plus a fifth and final date at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 7, as part of their early 2019 UK tour. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on May 11.

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ANNE-MARIE

Following up the release of her debut LP, ‘Speak Your Mind’, the pop vocalist has inked in stops in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham in November. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 11.

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FATHER JOHN MISTY

The singer-songwriter, who is set to release ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on June 1, will call in Gateshead, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Leicester and Bath during October, alongside dates across the US and Europe. Tickets are on sale at 10am on May 11.

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MARIAH CAREY

Mariah Carey will headline this year’s Livewire Festival in Blackpool on August 24, with tickets on general sale at 10am on May 11.

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SUEDE

Suede will play London’s Eventim Apollo on October 12 as their final stop on their autumn European tour. Support will come from Gwenno on all dates, and the Horrors for London only. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 11.

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YEARS & YEARS

The synth-pop trio will take over the Roundhouse in London on July 10, following up the release of ‘Palo Santo’ on July 6. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 11.

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MATT GOSS

Matt Goss has announced a show at the London Palladium on August 26, with tickets for the show on general sale at 10am on May 11. Goss also joins Boyz II Men as headliner of this year’s Livewire Festival in Blackpool.

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Also announced this week

Shawn Mendes, John Butler Trio, Brothers Osborne, Marcus King Band, Sleeper, Haggard Cat, Newton Faulkner, White Denim, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Shakey Graves, Kamakaze, Boyz II Men, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Hudson Taylor, Sports Team, Flatbush Zombies, Mel Brookes, Stephen K. Amos, Adam Ant, Middle Kids, Paul Carrack, 65daysofstatic, Elle Exxe, Petal, Gomez, Satellite Stories, Shoreline Mafia, Deadmau5, Nines, Graveyard, Sea Girls, Hippo Campus, Saint Sister, Laurel, The Lovely Eggs, The Shires, The Vryll Society, Wye Oak, Cancer Bats, The Beths, Hell Is For Heroes, The Wedding Present, Beoga, Gruff Rhys, Skating Polly, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Rifles and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: The Streets, Enrique Iglesias, Bullet For My Valentine, Wayne Kramer’s MC50 Celebration, Whoopi Goldberg, and more…

THE STREETS

Mike Skinner and friends are set to head out for shows in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bournemouth and London during January and February. Tickets are on sale at 9.30am on May 4, while the Manor will open.

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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

The pop giant will bring his All The Hits Live tour to the O2 Arena in London, Dublin’s 3Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Manchester Arena and Birmingham’s Genting Arena in October, with tickets on general sale at 9.30am on May 4.

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

The Welsh metallers will be joined by Of Mice and Men at London’s Alexandra Palace on October 10 before a hometown show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on October 11, following dates across mainland Europe. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 4.

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WAYNE KRAMER’s MC50 CELEBRATION

Wayne Kramer will celebrate 50 years of the MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ at shows in Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London during November. Kramer will be backed by Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Tickets go on sale at 9am on May 4.

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG

The actress and comedian will call at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on October 13 and the Eventim Apollo in London the following day. For both dates Goldberg will be joined by stand up and television star Gina Yashere. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 4.

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Also announced this week

Pete Doherty, Black Grape, Uriah Heep, Cancer Bats, Against The Current, Honne, Father John Misty, Reverend And The Makers, UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, the Wandering Hearts, Godsmack, Boy Azooga, Israel Nash, Three Days Grace, Devildriver, Catherine McGrath, Shiiine On Festival, New Model Army, YOTA, Leon Bridges, Spring King, Jet, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Talos, Parcels, Belly (rapper), Sleeper, Yazmin Lacey, Shallou, Tim Vine, Frankie Boyle, Grandmaster Flash, The Story So Far, Cast, Attila, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dying Fetus, Rick Wakeman, Black Lips, Dawn Landes, Sunflower Bean, Joan Armatrading, Sophie Hunger, Drahla, The Pearl Harts, Gary Numan, Crowbar, Protomartyr and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Beyoncé and Jay Z, Steven Tyler, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Heaven 17, Thom Yorke and more…

BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z

Beyoncé and Jay Z will launch their On The Run 2 Tour in the UK, with massive shows planned at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on June 6, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 9, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 13 and London Stadium on June 15. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 23, priced from £25.00 plus booking fees.

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STEVEN TYLER

The Aerosmith vocalist, who released his debut solo album, ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere’, back in 2016, will call at the O2 Forum in London on August 7. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 23.

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THE ROLLING STONES

The Rolling Stones will bring their No Filter Tour to Croke Park in Dublin on May 17 before additional stadium shows across the UK. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 23.

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JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

Lynne and band will now play four shows at the O2 Arena in London with their new show falling on October 21. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 23 (Photo: Carsten Windhorst).

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HEAVEN 17

Heaven 17 will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 1983 album, ‘The Luxury Gap’, across the UK throughout November and December. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 23.

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THOM YORKE

The Radiohead vocalist will perform with Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri at shows in the UK and across Europe in May and June, including stops at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 7, the Roundhouse in London on June 8 and Manchester’s Palace Theatre on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 23.

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Also announced this week

King Crimson, James, Somerset House Summer Series, Snow Patrol, Christine and the Queens, Plan B, Keifer Sutherland, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Animal Collective, Happy Mondays, Danzig, Employed To Serve, Protest the Hero and Norma Jean, the Used, Dopelord, Corrosion of Conformity, Palace Winter, Graham Nash, America, Carlos Vives, Hola! London, Colin Blunstone, Telepathy, Marmozets, William McCarthy, Wavves, Emp!re, Jake Quickenden, J.I.D and Earthgang, INK, Black Honey, Haux, Karine Polwart, the Cutkelvins, Gwenno, Lets Eat Grandma, Snail Mail, Mullally, Sam Amidon, Puma Blue, Andy Mineo, Iceage, WWE Live and more!

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: James Bay, Kacey Musgraves, George Ezra, Demi Lovato, Rudimental, Craig David, Barry Manilow and more…

JAMES BAY

The singer-songwriter, who plays a one off show at Electric Brixton in London tonight, will embark on an international tour beginning on May 29 at the Roundhouse in London before stops in Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Newcastle and Leicester, followed by shows in Europe during June and North America in the autumn. The dates will accompany the release of his second album, ‘Electric Light, with tickets on general sale at 9am on March 16.

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GEORGE EZRA

George Ezra, who will release ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ on March 23, has announced plans to tour the UK in November, following up a run of shows this spring and outdoor shows through the summer. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 16.

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KACEY MUSGRAVES

Kacey Musgraves will launch her Oh What A World Tour in Europe this October, with UK stops planned in Bristol, York, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, Gateshead, Glasgow, Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin and London, where she’ll perform at the SSE Arena, Wembley. The shows will support the release of her new album, ‘Golden Hour’, which is set to arrive on March 30. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 16.

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DEMI LOVATO

In addition to already confirmed stops in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester, Demi Lovato has added shows in Newcastle, Belfast and Dublin to her summer tour plans. Tickets for the new additions are on sale at 9am on March 16.

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RUDIMENTAL

Rudimental will take over Alexandra Palace in London on October 27, with tickets for the show on sale at 9am on March 16. They also appear at Bestival in August.

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CRAIG DAVID

Craig David will be joined by Rita Ora for shows at Maidstone’s Kent Event Centre and Northampton’s County Ground during August and September. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 16.

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BARRY MANILOW

Barry Manilow will play arena shows in Leeds and Manchester in September, prior to the legendary entertainer’s three night stand at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 16.

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Also announced this week

Beyoncé And Jay Z, the Zombies, St. Vincent, Jarvis Cocker, Dylan Moran, the Damned, Danzig, Midland, Drake White, Wildwood Kin, Carbon Leaf, Sam Fender, Boy Azooga, Volbeat, Procol Harum, Burt Bacharach, Fickle Friends, the Manor, Frightened Rabbit, Sons of Pitches, Fidlar, Per Gessle’s Roxette, Ride, Ocean Wisdom, Parkway Drive, Aslan, Dearist, Buffalo Tom, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Brooke Candy, 3Teeth, Vintage Trouble, The Midnight Beast, David Ford, Her’s, Combichrist, Wednesday 13, The Flaming Lips, The Wave Pictures, Glenn Hughes, Gender Roles, Paw Patrol Live! and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: U2, Eminem, The Gaslight Anthem, Paloma Faith, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon and more…

U2

The irish rock giants have added extra shows to their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour, including new shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 9 and 10, a stop at the SSE Arena Belfast on October 27, plus second dates at Manchester Arena on October 20 and the O2 Arena in London on October 24. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 2.

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EMINEM

Eminem will play two shows at Twickenham Stadium in London on July 14 and 15 as part of his Revival tour. Tickets go general sale at 9am on February 2, priced £80.00 plus fees.

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THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

The Gaslight Anthem will celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘The ’59 Sound’ with shows at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London, Dublin’s Vicar Street, Glasgow’s Barrowland and the O2 Apollo in Manchester between July 20 and 25, following up their previously confirmed comeback show at New York’s Governors Ball in June. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 2.

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PALOMA FAITH

In addition to her spring arena dates, the vocalist will bring her The Architect tour to open air venues in June, July and August, including an appearance in London as part of the Hampton Court Palace festival line up plus a handful of Forest Live dates and racecourse shows as part of the Jockey Club Live series. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 2. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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LIONEL RICHIE

The pop icon will head to stadiums and outdoor venues in Northampton, Perth, London, Lincoln, Shrewsbury, Leigh, Carlisle, Scarborough, Chesterfield, Hove and Holkham between June 1 and 24. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 2.

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PAUL SIMON

Paul Simon will headline the closing night at British Summer Time Hyde Park, topping the bill in London on July 15, with special guests James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt also confirmed to perform. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 2, priced £69.95 plus booking fees.

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Also announced this week

The Shires, George Ezra, Frank Turner, Glassjaw, 2000trees feat. At The Drive In and Enter Shikari, Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert, Teenage Cancer Trust feat. Def Leppard, UB40’s Ali, Astro and Micket, Chi and Nile Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Russell Howard, Just Jack, Kodaline, Jeremy Loops, The Virginmarys, TRNSMT feat. Arctic Monkeys, Kele Okereke, Martha, Ocean Colour Scene, Deacon Blue, Heaven 17, Ultimate Painting, Sophie, Hatchie, Madison Beer, BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, Arlissa, Festival of Voice, Tax The Heat, Gaz Coombes, Kevin Hart, Russell Brand, Kevin Hart, Sara Pascoe, David O’Doherty, Michael McIntyre, Jools Holland, Pip Blom, Sports Team, Lets Eat Grandma, Hawkwind, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wye Oak, Laura Veirs, Cool Britannia, Anna Burch, Cellar Darling, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Parklife feat. The xx and Liam Gallagher, Nine Below Zero, Havok, Beans on Toast, Tom Clarke from the Enemy, A Place to Bury Strangers, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Born Ruffians and more.

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Staff Picks: Jon Stickler

RELEASES

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
​Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
The Menzingers – After The Party
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
Grave Pleasures – Motherblood​
Ghost – Ceremony and Devotion
The Bronx – V
Stray From The Path – Only Death Is Real
Code Orange – Forever
Havok – Conformicide
Kreator – Gods of Violence
Employed To Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun
Hyborian – Vol. 1
Royal Thunder – Wick
Beastmaker – Inside The Skull
Body Count – Bloodlust
Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
​Chris Stapleton – From a Room (Vol. 1)
Greta Van Fleet – ​From The Fires

SONG

​Power Trip – Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)

GIGS

​Metallica at the Genting Arena, Birmingham​
Ghost at ​the Great Hall, Cardiff University
Guns N’ Roses at London Stadium
​Skindred at Bloodstock Festival
Gojira, Code Orange, Car Bomb at the O2 Academy Bristol
Grave Pleasures at the Exchange, Bristol
Venom Prison at Thekla, Bristol
Stray From The Path at the Globe, Cardiff
​Creeper at the Tramshed, Cardiff
Avenged Sevenfold at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff​

LOOKING AHEAD

New Ghost
New Papa
New Black Moth
Menzingers live
New BLS
​Trivium, Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison live
New Clutch
New Monster Magnet
New Machine Head
Machine Head live
New Judas Priest
Judas Priest at Bloodstock
GNR at Download
Ozzy at Download
​Blazing sunshine at Steelhouse
Roger Waters live
New Orange Goblin
New Mammoth Grinder
New Black Moth
New Turnstile​
League Of Gentlemen
Walking With Dinosaurs
Infinity War
Bluebirds in the Premiership

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, Nickelback, The Killers, Sounds Of The City, Andrea Bocelli, Nashville In Concert and more…

PEARL JAM

The grunge legends will return to the UK next summer for two nights at the O2 Arena in London on June 18 and 19 as part of a wider European tour. The shows will be their only UK appearances of the year. Tickets go on general sale at 11am on December 8.

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TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor Swift has added a second show at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on June 9, Croke Park in Dublin on June 16 and Wembley Stadium in London on June 23 to her Reputation tour due to demand. Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 8.

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NICKELBACK

The Canadian rockers will be joined by special guests Seether at arena shows in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, where they’ll hit the O2 Arena on May 11. Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 8.

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THE KILLERS

The Las Vegas band, who released ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ back in September, will head over for summer shows at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on June 23 and the Macron Stadium in Bolton on July 13, alongside UK and European festival sets.

The band have been confirmed as headliners of next year’s Isle Of Wight Festival and TRNSMT in Glasgow, where they’ll top the bill on July 8, with synth-pop trio Chvrches and Franz Ferdinand also set to perform. Tickets for all dates go on sale beginning 9am on December 8.

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SOUNDS OF THE CITY with Shed Seven, Haçienda Classical, Levellers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Shed Seven, Levellers, Rag’n’Bone Man and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are among the acts announced for Manchester’s Sounds Of The City series next summer. Also set to head to Castlefield Bowl are Haçienda Classical, New Model Army, Elvis Costello, Reverend and the Makers, the Twang and Stereo MCs. Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 8.

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ANDREA BOCELLI

The Italian tenor will perform at the 3Arena in Dublin on October 31, followed by a date at the O2 Arena in London on November 2. Ticket go on sale at 10am on December 8.

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NASHVILLE IN CONCERT

TV stars Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio will return to UK arenas in 2018 for a farewell tour, with April dates confirmed in Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchster, Cardiff and London. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 8.

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Also announced this week

Milk Teeth, Converge, A-Ha, The The, Katie Melua, Billy Ocean, MGMT, Tokio Myers, Black Foxxes, Arcane Roots, Yes Lad, Mist, Jonas Blue, Walk Off The Earth, Damien Dempsey, X Ambassadors, Damage, Hardy Caprio, John Cooper Clarke, The Bluetones, Alex Lahey, The Hubbards, Lotto Boyzz, Elli Ingram, Holding Absence, Loathe, Modern Life If War, Savage Messiah, NF, Angel Olsen, Picture This, Mahalia, Aurora, MisterWives, Stefflon Don, Earthless, Dodie, Open Mike Eagle, Bryde, METZ, The Fallen State, Bonafide, Rae Morris, Jonathan Wilson, Playboi Carti, Nathaniel Rateliff, White Room, LA Witch, Beth Orton, Katherine Jenkins, Heritage Live, Hardwell, Levellers, The Manor, Hopsin, The Texas Gentlemen, High Contrast, The Word Alive and many more!

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Top Tours This Week: Roger Waters, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Lawson, The Fratellis, The Sherlocks, Rejjie Snow, The Waterboys, Fatboy Slim and more…

Another mixed bag this week. Roger Waters will bring his Us + Them Tour to the UK in summer 2018, which includes a date at Hyde Park in London as part of the British Summer Time Hyde Park series, Kendrick Lamar will be joined by James Black for arena shows in February, Jamie Lawson will support his new album with March shows, The Fratellis will also play shows next spring in support of their new album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ and Fatboy Slim will takeover Alexandra Palace in February. Check out the rest of our pick of this week’s tour news below:

Roger Waters

The Pink Floyd bassist will bring his Us + Them Tour to the UK in summer 2018, including a performance at London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park series confirmed on July 6 plus arena shows in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6, priced £65.00/£69.50 plus booking fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.
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Kendrick Lamar

The rapper, who put out ‘Damn’ earlier this year, will be joined by James Blake for February shows in Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play two nights at the O2 Arena.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on October 6.
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Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson will return to the road in March, with stops planned in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, and London, where he’ll play the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire,  in support of his new album, ‘Happy Accidents’.
Tickets go on sale at 10am October 5.
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The Fratellis

The Fratellis will tour the UK in March following the release of their sixth album, ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6.
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The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks, who released their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’ in August, will embark on their biggest tour to date in February.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 6.
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Rejjie Snow

Rejjie Snow has announced the Dear Annie tour, with shows planned in Leeds, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Dublin and London between February 23 and March 14 as part of a wider European tour.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 5.
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The Waterboys

Led by Mike Scott, the Scottish rockers will support their new album, ‘Out Of All This Blue’, with shows in Bournemouth, Cambridge, Watford, Cardiff, Guildford, Nottingham, York, Oxford, Liverpool, Halifax, Hull, Leicester and Coventry between April 26 and May 13.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on October 6.
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Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim will take over London’s Alexandra Palace on February 24.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 6.
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Also announced this week, so far

Billy Joel, Monster Jam, Pulled Apart By Horses, Ryan McMullan, Apologies, I Have None, Kamikaze Girls, Miss May I, Christy Moore, Natty, Anne Marie, Holiday Oscar, Rag N Bone Man, Jade Jackson, Daphni, Glen Hansard, Suggs, Strong Asian Mothers, Don McLean, Roam, Soulwax, Nitro Cirus Live, The Oh Hellos, This Is The Kit, Phoenix, Estrons, Breakfast Muff, Propagandhi, Blue October, Space and more.

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Steelhouse of Fun: Why The South Wales Rock Fest is a Hidden Gem

Steelhouse is set to return this weekend for its seventh staging and, while the Welsh classic rock festival has built up a loyal following over the years, along with a fistful of good reviews, to some extent it remains one of the calendar’s best-kept secrets.

Taking place on a remote Ebbw Vale farm (which quite literally sits atop a mountain), the first thing that grabs your attention as you make your way up the ridge is that you’re surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales. The site is built by a 50-strong crew of volunteers – known as the Steelhouse Family – who give up their time to head up weeks in advance to set things up. In a region that is starved of live music events, this level of dedication is vital.

The community spirit echoes throughout the weekend, which counts for a lot if you’re unlucky with the uglier side of Welsh weather. The biblical rainfall of 2015, for example, still sends a cold shiver down my spine. To give you an idea of what it looked like, metal legend Doro Pesch had to be carried to the stage by one of the crew as conditions underfoot were so treacherous backstage. The prices aren’t as horrific as you would expect to see at mainstream UK festivals either. Broadly speaking, the food and booze is locally sourced.

The festival has drawn many cornerstones of rock music to its unique surroundings – including UFO, Thunder, Europe, Dee Snider, Michael Schenker, Doro and Black Star Riders – while also offering a platform for the genre’s newcomers. Steelhouse’s appeal comes from throwing together the nostalgic thrill of the timeless classics while also supporting the fresh blood that will keep rock music alive.

That’s an invaluable commitment, especially during a time when many small music venues are under threat from developers. These stages are pretty big and there are plenty of eyes trained on acts just cutting their teeth or waiting to take the next step. Take, for instance, RavenEye’s performance last year.

The band have since put out their acclaimed debut, ‘Nova’, on the Frontiers Music label and more recently supported KISS at huge arena shows on the European leg of the glam-rock giants’ KissWorld tour. The Temperance Movement, who got tongues wagging after their performance in 2013, went on to become the guest band for the Rolling Stones in Europe the following year, racking up a couple of impressive LPs along the way.

This year appears to have a nice balance to it, too. Ragga-metal party-starters Skindred look set to deliver a triumphant homecoming set and heavy metal titans Saxon, with their full ‘Eagle’ production in tow, will top the weekend’s proceedings, while California’s Rival Sons, Ontario’s Monster Truck and Last In Line, featuring former members of the original lineup of Dio, are all flying in to play. There’s also Mr. Steve Harris taking time out from some other band to hit the stage with British Lion (the festival also carries the clout of Trooper Beer sponsoring the stage this year, no doubt something to do with a certain bassist).

Then there’s the latest missive from the new wave of British classic rock bands. Inglorious, who recently put out their Kevin Shirley-produced second album, Stonebroken and Broken Witt Rebels, who both made their Download festival debuts this summer, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Jared James Nichols will be out to make an impression. The next big thing is out there. Steelhouse could be where the world finds it.

Steelhouse Festival returns to Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale between July 28 and 30. Head to www.steelhousefestival.com for the full line up and stage times.

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