The Must-See Shows In March

Posted: Friday 22 February 2019

Something in the air is changing. The sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and there’s a freshness that puts a smile on your face. Spring is nearly here, so ditch your winter coat and stop hibernating, because there’s a whole lot happening in March that you can’t miss out on.


We’ve got a whole bunch of legends hitting venues real soon, performing their iconic songs and so much more. Whether you’re into punk or pop, now's your chance to experience the heroes of the scene.


It’s hard to believe that it was 25 years ago that Peter Andre entered our lives and became one of the biggest heartthrobs of the 90s. Enjoying global success throughout the decade and beyond, he’s still a favourite on stages and TV screens now, so what better way to mark a quarter of a century in the industry, than with a nationwide tour? And yes, we’re fairly sure you’ll get to hear ‘Mysterious Girl’.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 1 March Buy Tickets

The Wailers have been the leaders of reggae for 40 years, performing huge Bob Marley and The Wailers hits for generations of reggae lovers across the world. In a recent interview with the band, they said they’re in the process of writing new music, so catch them live this month and you just might get a glimpse of what they’ve been creating.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 8 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 9 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Sunday 10 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Liverpool: Wednesday 13 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 15 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Wednesday 20 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 22 March Buy Tickets

Punk pioneers, Stiff Little Fingers are more in demand than ever. Their live shows are always special events, fuelled by intense energy and power as they surge through their personal and politically-charged anthems. Though focused on writing new material right now, the band always honour their roots and perform a strong variety of new and old favourites, so get your stomping boots on, because Stiff Little Fingers are comin’ to town.

O2 Academy Leeds: Wednesday 6 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 8 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Sunday 10 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 15 March - SOLD OUT

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Sunday 24 March Buy Tickets

The Stranglers are recognised as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the seventies punk era and over the past 40 years, they’ve retained their iconic status with a credible catalogue of albums. Whilst out on the road last year, the band found the time to write and rehearse brand new material, so you can expect to hear some of the new cuts alongside old classics on their upcoming, Back On The Tracks tour.

O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 9 March - SOLD OUT

O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 14 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Friday 15 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 16 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 22 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Monday 25 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 28 March Buy Tickets

Back in the 90s, Britpop was the king of the UK music scene, but three blokes from New York changed the game and Fun Lovin Criminals came and gatecrashed the party. Their refreshing blend of rock, funk, blues, soul and hip hop made a statement and this unique sound has kept them high in demand for three decades. Returning at the start of 2019 with Another Mimosa, their first album in nine years, FLC have proven their determination to continue their legacy and they’re inviting you to be a part of it on their current tour of the mainland.

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 9 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Oxford: Thursday 28 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 30 March Buy Tickets

How do you feel about seeing not one, not two, but THREE hip hop heavyweights together in one night? Sounds great, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening this month, as the renowned godfather of British rap – Rodney P – joins forces with one of the country’s finest MCs, Blak Twang and one of the most prolific new-wave rappers, TY for an event that promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t believe us? Listen to what comedian, Romesh Ranganathan had to say about it.

O2 Academy Sheffield: Saturday 2 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 8 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Saturday 16 March Buy Tickets


Fancy getting a bit nostalgic? Throw it back with these bands...


There was a time during the noughties when nu metal reigned supreme and two of the biggest bands of that era are coming together for a tour that’ll entice you out of mosh retirement. P.O.D and Alien Ant Farm have teamed up for a co-headline run that’s well overdue, playing the huge hard-rock anthems that put them at the forefront of the alternative scene. They’ll also be joined by chaotic noisemakers, ’68, so prepare yourself for an almighty bangover the next day.

O2 Academy Oxford: Friday 1 March Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 2 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Sunday 3 March Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Thursday 7 March Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 10 March Buy Tickets

21 years ago Embrace released their debut album, The Good Will Out and their lives changed. The platinum-selling album gave us the Top 10 singles, ‘All You Good Good People’, ‘Come Back To What You Know’ and many more, and established Embrace as an important band within the British indie scene. Now, they’re revisiting the album and performing it in full on a headline tour across the nation, as well as honouring tracks from across their seven-strong catalogue.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 7 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Saturday 9 March - SOLD OUT

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 11 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 16 March Buy Tickets


Air guitars at the ready, because these shredding superstars are on their way.


Dave Keuning is part-responsible for some of the great indie songs of all time. Founding member and guitarist of The Killers, he helped change the soundscape of what indie music was and with his debut solo album, Prismism he pushes the boundaries even further. Introducing electronic elements that sync perfectly with his brooding melodies and outstanding songwriting, the record truly lets his abilities shine and you can see it all come to life at the end of the month.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 27 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 30 March Buy Tickets

British blues guitarist and singer, Joanne Shaw Taylor, has spent a decade writing, recording and touring the world with her heartfelt and honest songs and now she’s back for another round. Her new album, Reckless Heart, is a phenomenal piece of work, largely recorded live, it oozes vintage sounds and an effortlessness that could only happen with someone like Joanne behind the wheel. Releasing it the day she heads out on the road, you could be one of the first people to experience it all live and that’s pretty exciting.

O2 Academy Liverpool: Friday 15 March Buy Tickets

O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 16 March Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 17 March Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Wednesday 20 March Buy Tickets


Hip hop more your flavour? Make sure you catch these incredible artists…


Independent rapper, Hoodie Allen, has scored a Billboard Top 10 album and collaborated with everyone, from Ed Sheeran to Chance The Rapper. 2019 sees him start a new chapter in his career, with brand new music and an unprecedented energy, this could be the year we see him dominate both the charts and stages across the world. See what he’s got to offer when he makes his fourth trip to our shores this month.

O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 13 March - SOLD OUT

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Thursday 14 March Buy Tickets

Floridian lo-fi rapper, Smokepurpp made his mark on the mainstream after being discovered on Soundcloud and last year’s collaboration with Lil Pump placed him firmly on the most-hyped list. 2018 also brought us the mixtape, Bless Yo Trap, which showcased Smokepurrp as one of the most lucrative artists in the game, so don’t miss your chance to see him when he comes to town.

O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 14 March Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 15 March Buy Tickets


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