Your Easter Gig Guide 2018

Posted: Monday 26 March 2018

Ah Easter, the time of year where we suddenly want to own a pet lamb and eat so much chocolate that we feel sick. It also means we get a nice long weekend and for some of you, a two week break, so overall it’s pretty great. To make it even sweeter, there are a whole bunch of gigs happening too, so put that third Easter egg down and hop on over to one of these shows.

For Fans Of: Union J, Olly Murs, Little Mix

If you’re looking for your favourite new boy band, look no further than YES LAD. Having sold out their UK tour last year, as well as dropping club-worthy anthems such as latest single ‘Nada’, they’re quickly becoming one of the biggest breakout acts of 2018. Backed by the likes of BBC Radio One, Blue Peter and let’s not forget their huge online fanbase, these five lads will have you dancing right through the holidays.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 29 March - Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Islington: Monday 2 April - Buy Tickets

O2 ABC Glasgow: Tuesday 3 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: Tom Odell, James Arthur, Niall Horan

Emotional-pop singer Calum Scott won our hearts with his hit single, ‘Dancing On My Own’ and his recent debut album, Only Human, flaunts his impeccable vocal range and talent as a songwriter. Be one of the first to experience the record live and prepare to fall head over heels for Calum this Easter.

O2 ABC Glasgow: Friday 13 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: The 1975, OneRepublic, Maroon 5

If there’s any band that can put you in a good mood, it’s Walk The Moon. With their upbeat, shimmering melodies, their music comes to life in the sunshine. Last year’s album What If Nothing provided many a pop hit, including the lovable ‘One Foot’. Their high-energy live shows are fun for all the family, so there’s no excuse to stay at home.

O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 5 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 7 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 9 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Wednesday 11 April - Buy Tickets

O2 ABC Glasgow: Sunday 14 April - Buy Tickets


One for all the gamers out there, the stars of YouTube series Game Grumps are coming to the UK to play some games, have a laugh and answer your questions. With over four million subscribers, Dan and Arin have built a unique world where gamers come together and have a good time. Don’t miss out on this unique and completely hilarious live show.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Monday 2 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: Jack Garratt, Jorja Smith, Labrinth

Winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, Tokio Myers has become known as one of the most talented musicians to come from the UK.  His intricate piano melodies are utterly spellbinding, but when laced with electronic and hip-hop beats they take on a life of their own. His live performances blew the Britain’s Got Talent judges away and they’ll do the same to you on his upcoming UK tour.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Sunday 8 April - SOLD OUT

O2 Academy Bristol: Friday 13 April - SOLD OUT

For Fans Of: Bruno Mars, Rizzle Kicks, Justin Timberlake

Since JLS took a break from music, its various members have followed new careers, but fortunately for us, Aston Merrygold is still producing addictive pop hits. Just take the dance-inducing smash ‘Get Stupid’, which will have the entire room up on their feet when he performs live over the Easter break. If you want to have a fun night out with your friends, this is the place to be.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Tuesday 10 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Saturday 14 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: Liam Payne, Jacob Sartorious, 5 Seconds Of Summer

Quickly becoming a band on everyone’s lips, New Hope Club are pop’s latest stars. Signed to The Vamps’ own label, their debut EP, Welcome To The Club raced up the iTunes chart and established them as an act to watch over the coming months. Their upcoming tour involves intimate fanfest shows, which will allow the band to connect with their fans before embarking on their biggest headline dates so far later in the year.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 7 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 12 April - Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Friday 13 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: Emma Blackery, Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson

With nearly 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, singer-songwriter Dodie has earned herself a respected reputation both online and as a live artist. Last year’s EP You is brimming with delicate, raw and honest folk-pop, as well as seeing her experiment with indie and upbeat rhythms. Having sold out many of her previous tours, tickets for her upcoming shows are becoming like gold dust, so make sure you snap them up quick.

O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 29 March - SOLD OUT

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: Sunday 1 April - SOLD OUT

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: Monday 2 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: Editors, Tom Odell, Bloc Party

Although they’ve been on hiatus for the past eight years, Air Traffic are reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed debut album Fractured Life, which featured fan favourite, ‘Shooting Star’. Brooding piano and the twang of indie guitars make up their sound, which is still as relevant as it was 10 years ago. A band that both adults and kids can enjoy, their upcoming hometown show will be a treat for everyone.

The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth: Thursday 12 April - Buy Tickets

For Fans Of: The Maine, Coasts, twentyonepilots

New-wave pop-rock outfit Night Riots have already made their mark on the stage, having supported The Hunna and All Time Low, performed at huge festivals across the states and selling out headline shows while they’re at it. Last year’s full-length release Love Gloom is full of moody, yet danceable tracks, weaving synths in with sliding guitars to create a highly appetising sound and you can see it live for yourself this Easter.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Monday 9 April - Buy Tickets

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