Did you grow up in the era where Britpop ruled the charts or when 80s pop music was king? Well, you’ll pleased to know some of the biggest legends in music are making their live return this year. Keep reading to find out who’s coming to town.
BAY CITY ROLLERS, DAVID ESSEX, SHOWADDYWADDY, SUZI QUATRO – LEGENDS LIVE TOUR 2019
Giving you not one, not two, but FOUR iconic hitmakers this month is the Legends Live tour. Taking it back to the days of Top Of The Pops and questionable fashion choices, this is the ultimate trip down nostalgia lane. Rock queen, Suzi Quatro will be joined by pop heartthrob, David Essex, as well as ‘Bye Bye Baby’ singers, Bay City Rollers and the impeccably dressed, Showaddywaddy. So, get the old gang back together and have a good old sing-a-long to your old favourites.
O2 Apollo Manchester: Thursday 4 April Buy Tickets
STING AND SHAGGY
It’s the collaboration none of us saw coming, but it totally works. Honourable British musician, Sting, teamed up with Jamaican singer, Shaggy, last year and released the album 44/876. Fusing together their loves for rock and reggae, the album went on to win a GRAMMY and the duo have continued to tour it throughout the US and Europe, with a UK stint coming up real soon. Performing much of the album, alongside their individual hits like, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’, it’s a joyous meeting of minds and music and the pair have quickly become our new favourite bromance.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 22 May Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 24 May Buy Tickets
O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 25 May Buy Tickets
Toyah Wilcox is a household name, having enjoyed a successful music, TV and film career over the last 40 years. Once pop’s punk princess, she now has over 20 albums in her arsenal and in April she’ll be releasing a re-imagined version of her 2008 album, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. Hitting the road later this year, Toyah will take the killer hooks and impeccable songwriting from the album and perform it in her truly unique style, whilst also delivering classics from her catalogue of hit singles.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Saturday 22 June Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Islington: Sunday 27 October Buy Tickets
Proving that 2-Tone is still as relevant and important as it was 40 years ago is The Selecter, a band that have been crucial to the scene since it began in 1979. With the queen of ska, Pauline Black at the helm, The Selecter were and still are a vital voice in the music community, with their passionate and politically-charged songs resonating with people of all generations. Heading out on tour this year to celebrate their 40th anniversary, they’ll be playing a hit-rich set full of new material, fan favourites and a few surprises.
O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 24 October Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Friday 25 October Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 26 October Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 22 November Buy Tickets
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 23 November Buy Tickets
Happy Mondays were the pioneers of the Madchester sound and are still to this day, one of Britain’s most influential bands. Their blend of funk, rock and psychedelia took over the mainstream in the late 80s and early 90s, and gave us one of the most iconic frontmen in the form of Shaun Ryder. Celebrating their biggest and best hits from their career on a pre-Christmas greatest hits tour, the shows will see the old gang back together and having the time of their lives, so why don’t you join them?
O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 26 October Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 15 November Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Sheffield: Friday 22 November Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Saturday 23 November Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Oxford: Thursday 28 November Buy Tickets
Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild Of Students: Friday 6 December Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 7 December Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 14 December Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bournemouth: Thursday 19 December Buy Tickets
Back in 1987 BROS asked, “When will I be famous?” and with that one song they got exactly what they had wished for. Launching them into the spotlight, they were pop’s favourite boyband for a number of years and they became the youngest band ever to headline Wembley Stadium. Since then, they’ve gone on to both have individually successful careers, Matt with his music and Luke with film and TV. Last year the two brothers came together for the first time in 30 years for two arena shows and they saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to their documentary film, 'BROS: After The Screaming Stops'. Returning home once more for an intimate show this summer, they’ll play all their hits and much more when they takeover O2 Academy Brixton for an up close and personal live performance.
O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 5 July Buy Tickets
The list of Little Steven’s accomplishments is longer than many could ever hope to achieve. Better known as Steven Van Zandt, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, co-founder and touring member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, solo artist, activist and he’s even flexed his acting skills in The Sopranos. 2019 sees him release his new album, Summer Of Sorcery, a conceptual album that captures the beauty of the season and the memories we make throughout the warmer months, all with a 60s rock and roll flair. Whether you’re a fan of his solo work, or his other projects, don’t miss your chance to witness such a historic name live on stage in May.
O2 Academy Liverpool: Thursday 16 May Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 18 May Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Glasgow: Monday 20 May Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Wednesday 22 May Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 24 May Buy Tickets
One of the most powerful voices in Motown is back! Martha Reeves became a huge name in the 60s, famed for her grace, stage presence and outstanding songwriting talent. Her songs were loved all across the globe and dominated the charts, so to mark the 60th anniversary of Motown, she’ll back on UK soil with her live band to perform them all and so much more. It’s not often that such a bonafide legend steps through our doors, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience her in action.
O2 Academy Sheffield: Tuesday 4 June Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Friday 7 June Buy Tickets
It’s time to dig out your old costumes, because Adam Ant will be performing his debut solo album, Friend Or Foe, in its entirety this December. Giving us the number one single, ‘Goody Two-Shoes’ amongst many other pop anthems, the record became an instant classic and was the beginning of Ant’s flourishing solo career. Flamboyant and dramatic, Adam Ant was the pop idol for the outcasts and still has a dedicated and loyal fanbase that flock to see him live, so his upcoming performances will be a highlight for both him and his fans.
O2 Guildhall Southampton: Thursday 5 DecemberBuy Tickets
O2 Academy Brixton: Thursday 12 DecemberBuy Tickets
NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN + POP WILL EAT ITSELF – LOVE FROM STOURBRIDGE 2019
Stourbridge isn’t the first place you think of when discussing towns of musical importance, but in the early nineties, it was home to a handful of rising indie bands. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself made a name for themselves with their lively hometown shows, which turned into nationwide tours and before they knew it, they were dominating the UK charts. Now, for the first time since 1989, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself will hit the road together, with the latter performing their seminal album, This Is The Day…This Is The Hour…This Is This! in full. They’ll also be joined by The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt, who’ll be DJing in between acts and performing an acoustic set, to give you the full Stourbridge experience.
O2 Academy Sheffield: Friday 5 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 6 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Friday 12 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 13 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Friday 19 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 20 AprilBuy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Sunday 21 AprilBuy Tickets
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