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CELEBRITY CHEF JAMES MARTIN HITS THE ROAD FOR 2022 LIVE TOUR

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Celebrity chef James Martin is hitting the road with a brand-new tour for 2022.

James Martin Live will visit 18 towns and cities across the UK including a entertaining audiences with live demonstrations, cooking tasks and featuring some very special guests.

And the exciting and fast-moving show includes a date at Oxford New Theatre on Friday March 25.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday May 7 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

James has been entertaining and educating the nation for almost three decades with his expert culinary skills both on screen and through his best-selling cookbooks.

Following the phenomenal success of his previous tours, with James Martin Live audiences can expect to be dazzled as James rustles up mouth-watering dishes with complimentary courses of fun and laughter in this exclusive gastronomic experience.

And he can’t wait.

“I love going out on tour so I’m really excited to be announcing brand new shows for 2022,” said James.

“We’ve had some really great fun with tours in the past. Of course, I’ll be cooking and trying to teach everyone some tips and tricks but fear not, there will be plenty of humour injected into these shows so prepare to have a really good night out.”

James Martin Live:

03-Mar  PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

17-Mar  CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL

04-Mar  PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL

19-Mar  LIVERPOOL M&S BANK ARENA

05-Mar  BATH FORUM THEATRE

20-Mar  MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL

07-Mar  BRIGHTON, THE BRIGHTON CENTRE

22-Mar  NEWCASTLE O2 CITY HALL

08-Mar  BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

23-Mar  SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

10-Mar  EDINBURGH USHER HALL

25-Mar  OXFORD NEW THEATRE

11-Mar  GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

01-Apr  IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE

12-Mar  HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE

03-Apr  SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

16-Mar  NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

04-Apr  LONDON PALLADIUM

James Martin Live is presented by Cuffe and Taylor with Limelight Celebrity Management.

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We’re really excited to take James back out on the road. His previous tours have been a massive hit with fans and this new show promises to be exciting, fun and educating as James combines his first-class cooking skills with his brilliant sense of humour.”

KAISER CHIEFS ARE BACK TO HEADLINE SCARBOROUGH OAT

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Yorkshire’s very own Kaiser Chiefs are heading to the coast this summer for what promises to be a stunning headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The Leeds indie heroes will bring their no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll celebration to the UK’s largest open-air concert arena on Sunday August 8.

Tickets are on sale now via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

The Scarborough show will be a much-requested return to the venue for Kaiser Chiefs. The multi-award-winning band played an explosive show at Scarborough OAT back in 2017 – and fans have been asking for them to return ever since.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman and national treasure Ricky Wilson said: “We cannot wait to get back to playing live shows again and it will be great to return to this stunning Yorkshire venue. We had a cracking night there in 2017 so roll-on August 8!”

Kaiser Chiefs – Wilson (vocals), Simon Rix (bass), Andrew ‘Whitey’ White (guitar), Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines (keyboards) and Vijay Mistry (drums) – are undoubtedly one of the most treasured bands of their generation.

Seventeen years into an incredible career, they have truly made their mark on the British music scene with such anthemic hits as Oh My God, I Predict A Riot, Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Ruby, Never Miss A Beat and Hole In My Soul.

And the great news is there is absolutely no sign of them slowing down!

Kaiser Chiefs have released seven original studio albums including their Mercury-nominated debut Employment, which sold more than two million copies, and Number 1 follow up Yours Truly, Angry Mob which went twice-platinum in the UK.

For their most recent release, 2019’s critically acclaimed Duck, the group returned to their original label home Polydor where they released their first four albums. Featuring the lead single Record Collection, it hit the UK Top 5 ahead of a huge hometown show at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “Ever since their show here in 2017 fans have been asking for us to bring Kaiser Chiefs back to Scarborough OAT.

“We are delighted to oblige, and this is going to be another all-action rock’n’roll show that no fan will want to miss.”

AN EVENING WITH BRUCE DICKINSON – UK SHOWS ANNOUNCED

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Live Nation is delighted to announce a very special ‘Evening With’ show by Bruce Dickinson – the Iron Maiden singer’s first-ever UK spoken word tour.

THE SUMMER 2021 DATES ARE:

AUG 1       BRIGHTON               THEATRE ROYAL

AUG 4       SALFORD                 THE LOWRY

AUG 5       BRADFORD              ST GEORGE’S HALL

AUG 8       NOTTINGHAM          THEATRE ROYAL

AUG 9       BIRMINGHAM           THE ALEXANDRA

AUG 10     LONDON                   O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

Tickets go on general sale at 10am, Thursday April 29 via ticketmaster.co.uk

Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in IRON MAIDEN, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.

A true polymath, his accomplishments include: pilot and airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and Sunday Times best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor, sports commentator and international fencer… to name but a few.

So, there’s plenty to be entertained by, throughout the evening’s cornucopia of fascinating tales and derring-do exploits, all delivered by Bruce with characteristically infectious enthusiasm and wry wit.

Split into two parts, the first section of the show sees Bruce taking a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his own very personal perspective, treating the audience to private insights into his drive and ambition, peppered with plenty of Maiden anecdotes, and a myriad of other experiences encompassing not just the giddy heights but also the extreme lows,  as told first-hand in his inimitable anarchic style, punctuated with photographs, videos and sometimes even erupting into song a-capella, to illustrate a point.

The final section of the evening is devoted entirely to a Q&A session, with the opportunity to pose questions on any subject whatsoever. As Bruce’s answers will all be completely improvised – the more left-field and quirky the question, the more interesting and compelling the response is likely to be!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to spend an up-close and personal evening with one of the world’s most captivating icons in an intimate environment, as Bruce Dickinson brings his Evening With show to the UK for the very first time, where you are guaranteed a highly entertaining and enjoyable night out and may even go home inspired to try something new.

FULL FESTIVAL LINE-UP REVEALED FOR WONDERHALL 2021

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Tom Jones, Anne-Marie, Russell Watson, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro and Marc Almond will all headline Lancashire’s brand-new live music festival WonderHall.

The line-up is announced as it’s revealed more than 30 artists will perform across the six-day festival taking place in the grounds of historic Lytham Hall from Wednesday August 25 to Bank Holiday Monday August 30.

Tickets go on sale at 5pm Thursday April 29 from www.wonderhall.co.uk

Launched by the team behind the hugely popular and successful Lytham Festival, WonderHall will kick off on Wednesday August 25 with global pop star Anne-Marie with support from HRVY, Gracey and Samantha Harvey.

Chart-topping singer-songwriter and nine-time BRIT Award nominee Anne-Marie’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. A former West End child star, she has gone onto become one of the world’s best-loved and successful pop artists of recent years, with four UK Top 10 singles and 4.5 billion global streams to her name.

Thursday 26 sees the grounds of Lytham Hall filled with the very best of British Reggae as UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro headline with support from Radio Riddler and local Blackpool band SKA FACE.

UB40 are one of the UK’s most beloved music institutions, achieving three UK Number Ones – Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe (ft. Chrissie Hynde) and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – not to mention 17 Top 10 singles.

Since reuniting six years ago, founding members Ali and Astro – backed on stage by a fantastic seven-piece reggae band – have become a formidable touring outfit.

Welsh music legend Tom Jones makes a welcome return to Lytham on Friday August 27. The legendary crooner will be supported by acid jazz and funk group The Brand New Heavies and singer-songwriter AJ Brown.

Tom performed to a sold-out Lytham Festival back in 2015 and with a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, he has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006, the global star has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits.

Saturday August 28 provides the ultimate party night headlined by Marc Almond along with a string of pop stars. Heaven 17, The Fizz (formerly Bucks Fizz), The Real Thing, Sonia, Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) and Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) & The Sleevz will all join the party which will be opened with live sets from Fylde coast favourites The Coustics, Touch The Pearl and DJ Fubar.

The pomp and circumstance of the Last Night of the Proms will be celebrated on Sunday August 29 with a headline concert from celebrated tenor Russell Watson. He will be accompanied by The Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra with support from soprano Emily Haig and big band jazz singer Mark Kingswood, while Lytham Community Choir will open the picnic-proms concert.

Russell’s first album The Voice raced up the UK classical chart and held the number one spot for a world record 52 weeks. At the same time, he held the number one spot in the USA, making him the first British male artist to attain a simultaneous transatlantic number one. The Voice subsequently became the first and only album by a UK classical artist to achieve 1m sales.

Since then, Russell has released a further 10 studio albums, performed for some of the world’s leading figures and at countless prestigious sporting events while also touring the world.

Closing WonderHall with an exciting and exuberant performance will be Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on Bank Holiday Monday August 30. Everyone’s favourite boogie woogie pianist will be joined by former Squeeze bandmate and drummer Gilson Lavis with special guest Eddi Reader. Vocal powerhouses Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and West End star Marisha Wallace will also perform, and the picnic-style event will be opened by Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew.

From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, Jools Holland is one of the country’s most loved and respected musicians.

WonderHall director Peter Taylor said: “The line-up for WonderHall has been designed to ensure we appeal to as wide an audience as possible. We have a fantastic mix of artists across the six days from the world-famous legend that is Tom Jones to supporting the Lancashire music scene by having some local artists on the bill too.

“We absolutely cannot wait for the opening night of WonderHall to see people gathering to enjoy live music once again and to be doing that in the picturesque parkland of Lytham Hall will make this a really special event.”

Tickets are priced from £25 and go on sale at 5pm Thursday April 29 from www.wonderhall.co.uk

INDIE LEGENDS JAMES CONFIRM YORKSHIRE COAST HEADLINE DATE

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James are delighted to announce a massive outdoor show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The Manchester indie legends – who release their new single Beautiful Beaches today and eagerly-awaited new album All The Colours Of You on June 4 – will bring their sensational live show to the UK’s largest open-air arena on Thursday September 9.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday April 23 via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

This will be the third time James – who gave the world such timeless anthems as Sit Down, Born of Frustration, She’s A Star and Come Home – have headlined Scarborough OAT after amazing shows at the Yorkshire coast venue in 2015 and 2018.

Bassist Jim Glennie said: “We always have a great night there – even back in the days when you had to cross the old moat to get to the audience! We are looking forward to another very special night on the Yorkshire coast.”

James have sold more than 25 million records worldwide over the past 30 years – gaining both critical and commercial acclaim. Their enduring creativity and musical legacy has made them one of the most influential British bands of the last four decades.

They continue to be a huge live draw, headlining festivals and recently selling 60,000 tickets for their 2021 UK arena tour – their fastest selling tour ever.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “We are absolutely delighted James are returning to Scarborough OAT this summer.

“They continue to be one of the UK’s most relevant and influential bands – pioneers of the Manchester music scene since the 1980s – and a must-see live act. Roll on September 9… it’s going to be an amazing night!”

New single Beautiful Beaches was written by Tim Booth in response to climate change migrations and the subsequent increasingly regular Californian fires bringing devastation to his community.

All The Colours Of You – James’ 16th studio album – follows the release of LIVE In Extraordinary Times, a live recorded collection of their last studio album Living In Extraordinary Times.

Recorded in part before the Covid pandemic struck, All The Colours Of You was produced by the Grammy award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, The Killers).

On production duties with James for the first time, he bought a fresh approach to their sound, working remotely from his studio liaising with them, reimagining their demos, and capturing a band in all their virtual glory.

The result is a record with the freshest and festival-ready tracks of James’ 38-year career. It is the sound of one of Britain’s best bands, deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers

MARISHA WALLACE ADDS SOUTHAMPTON DATE TO 2021 UK TOUR

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West End and Broadway sensation Marisha Wallace is delighted to confirm she is adding a new date to her 2021 UK Tour.

The musical powerhouse – who recently released her debut Decca album ‘Tomorrow’ to widespread acclaim – will bring her unmissable live solo show to Southampton’s MAST Mayflower Studios on Sunday October 3.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday April 22 via cuffeandtaylor.com

Marisha, who is gearing up to star alongside Michael Ball in the all-new West End production of Hairspray this summer, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to confirm I will be bringing my all-new UK Tour to Southampton this October.

“The thing I have missed the most in the last year is performing in front of a live audience so it will be wonderful to get back on stage and do what I love the most.

“The response to my album has been simply incredible and I am so looking forward to singing it live on this tour alongside many songs from stage shows audiences know and love. So, what are you waiting for… go get your tickets now!”

MARISHA WALLACE – AUTUMN 2021 TOUR:

SEP 24           ILKLEY                      KING’S HALL

SEP 27           LONDON                   ARTS THEATRE

SEP 30           ABERYSTWYTH    ARTS CENTRE

OCT 1             CARDIFF                  ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA (DORA STOUTZKER HALL)

OCT 2             BIRMINGHAM          HIPPODROME (PATRICK STUDIO)

OCT 3             SOUTHAMPTON    MAST MAYFLOWER STUDIOS

OCT 6             LYTHAM                   LOWTHER PAVILION

UK audiences have taken Marisha to their hearts ever since the girl who grew up on a North Carolina farm arrived in London’s West End to take on the iconic role of Effie White in Dreamgirls.

With a sensational voice that is guaranteed to bring a chill to your spine and a tear to your eye – her awe-inspiring rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You…’ quite simply has to be seen and heard to be believed – Marisha proves she is more than a singer, more than a performer, she is an inspiration.

Her Decca debut ‘Tomorrow’ – which was BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album of the Week’ on its release – is a stunning collection of songs delivered by a true voice of our time.

The album includes the barnstorming hit singles ‘Faith’ ‘Alive’ and ‘Before I Go’ alongside Marisha’s own phenomenal renditions of ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’ on which she duets with Michael Ball.

Marisha felt passionately there should be strong female representation on the album and all original tracks are written by women. ‘Free’ is written by JinJin (Little Mix, Paloma Faith), ‘Divine’ by Camille Purcell (Jess Glynne, Little Mix) and ‘Faith’ by Natasha Bedingfield.

Although the lockdown has meant theatres have remain closed, Marisha has won many plaudits for her recent televised live performances at the Royal Variety Performance, Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

CRAIG MCGOWN RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘I WANT YOU’

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Craig McGown is back with his stunning new single I Want You – the exquisite third instalment of a mesmerising dark electro pop trilogy.

Following his haunting lo-fi debut Moonbeam and the soaring sonic brilliance of radio-hit follow-up Parallels, this wondrous new single cements a musical re-awakening for the Glasgow singer-songwriter.

I Want You is released on all DSPs on Friday April 23.

It’s true Lockdown has done strange things to the sanest people – just ask Craig McGown. There he was, happily circumnavigating the world as a hugely respected touring guitarist, and then March 2020… suddenly no more live shows.

Holed up at home and, after tiring of endless home improvement projects, shifts at his local supermarket and countless Zoom nights in, Craig did something he’d never done before – he went and got himself a Roland Juno synth.

This God-like slab of early 80s electronica has been quite simply a game changer for the Bellshill lad raised on such local heroes as Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits and The Soup Dragons.


Craig explained: “I really wanted to try something musically I’d never done before – and that basically meant putting my guitar down.

“The whole process has been really cathartic. For I Want You I wanted to make an 80’s pop song that could’ve been on Giorgio Moroder’s Scarface soundtrack. I know, it’s a big ask, but this is what I came up with and I’m really happy with it.”

After Parallels was picked up and championed by BBC Introducing Scotland, it
is fair to say Craig – a true stalwart of Glasgow’s indie scene – has found himself
re-energised and ready for action.

“A complicated new frontier, the start of something real,” he sings in I Want You – a prophetic line as true for himself as a songwriter in 2021 as it is for his song’s loved-up protagonist.

Is this Synthwave? Is this Retrowave? Who cares?

I Want You is just a damn good pop song that traverses the decades and doffs its cap to OMD, Depeche Mode and New Order through to latter day Arctic Monkeys along the way.

And the great news is it is released to the world on April 23.

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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK: THE OFFICIAL SERIES TWO TOUR GETS EVEN BIGGER

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Drag Royalty will Ru-Turn in 2022 for the UK’s biggest ever Drag Race tour and the original 19-date tour has now been extended to 41 dates as shows continue to sell out across the country.

Join all the Series 2 queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK for an evening of endless eleganza extravaganza as this brand-new tour takes in theatres and venues across England, Scotland and Wales including four dates at the world-famous London Palladium.

Witness the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent of your favourite queens LIVE on stage as they sashay into a theatre near you.

Tickets are available from www.cuffeandtaylor.com with tickets for the extra and final shows going on sale at 10am on Friday April 9.

Acclaimed for their amazing production values, expect the unexpected in this glittering tour featuring UK Season 2 winner Lawrence Chaney alongside A’Whora, Asttina Mandella, Bimini Bon-Boulash, Cherry Valentine, Ellie Diamond, Ginny Lemon, Joe Black, Sister Sister, Tayce, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green*.

Presented by Werq The World producers Voss Events and creators of Drag Race World of Wonder, in cooperation with Live Nation and Cuffe and Taylor, the extra dates for The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series Two Tour are:

24 MARCH       LONDON PALLADIUM

03 APRIL           SOUTHAMPTON, MAYFLOWER THEATRE

06 APRIL           NOTTINGHAM, ROYAL CONCERT HALL

07 APRIL           NEWCASTLE O2 CITY HALL

08 APRIL           STOCKTON, GLOBE THEATRE

09 APRIL           SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

11 APRIL           OXFORD NEW THEATRE

12 APRIL           SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION

14 APRIL           PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

15 APRIL           BRIGHTON, THE BRIGHTON CENTRE

16 APRIL           NEWPORT, ICC

17 APRIL           MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “The excitement for this tour is incredible so we have decided to add extra dates across the UK.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is always a huge hit so we look forward to presenting a series of outrageously entertaining shows starring all the queens from Series 2 of Drag Race UK.”

Tickets start at £35 and there are exclusive VIP options where guests can enjoy a private meet and greet with the queens before the show!

STEREOPHONICS ANNOUNCE NEW SUMMER 2021 HEADLINE SHOW

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Legendary rock band Stereophonics are returning to the Yorkshire coast this summer for a headline show no fan will want to miss.

Widely regarded as one of Britain’s best live acts, the explosive Welsh four-piece will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Wednesday July 28.

Tickets go on sale via ticketmaster.co.uk at 9am on Friday April 2.

Stereophonics played a brilliant sold-out show at Scarborough OAT – Britain’s largest open air concert arena – in 2018 and fans have been demanding their return ever since.

Promoter Peter Taylor, of venue programmers Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Stereophonics’ show here at Scarborough OAT in 2018 has to go down as one of the best-ever at the venue. We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming them back this summer for what is going to be another legendary night!”

With almost 30 years under their belt, not to mention seven Number 1 albums and 10 Top 10 singles, it is no wonder Stereophonics are rated as one of the biggest bands to ever come out of the UK.

And with ever-growing legions of fans around the world, the band – founding members Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar) and Richard Jones (bass) together with Adam Zindani (guitar), Jamie Morrison (drums) and long-term touring keyboardist Tony Kirkham – continue to create stunning music.

Their 11th studio album ‘Kind’ was released in 2019 and became the band’s seventh LP to hit the top spot in the UK Album Charts,

Featuring the singles ‘Fly Like an Eagle’, ‘Bust This Town’, ‘Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day’ and ‘Hungover For You’, ‘Kind’ sublimely added to a brilliant catalogue of work that includes such classics as ‘Local Boy In The Photograph’, ‘The Bartender and the Thief’, ‘Just Looking’, ‘Dakota’, ‘Have A Nice Day’, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘Mr Writer’ and ‘It Means Nothing’.

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