SOME OF THE BIG GIGS TAKING PLACE IN MANCHESTER IN 2018 149

Whereas London tends to get a lot of the attention, especially when it comes to big gigs and some of the top bands and artists, we here at ThisIsTheLatest, based in Manchester, have instead opted to open this year with a look at some of the huge names coming to the capital of the North West in the coming months.

Lady Gaga – February 6th @ Manchester Arena

Having just announced a two-year long Las Vegas residency which will start in December, the upcoming UK tour by the outspoken but hugely popular US singer may be the last chance UK fans get to see Lady Gaga for some time. With hits such as “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance” and “Just Dance”, her show at the city’s arena is sure to be a great night for fans both old and new.

Kendrick Lamar w/James Blake – February 10th @ Manchester Arena

Already a seven-time Grammy winner, Kendrick Lamar was been one of 2017’s most successful artists and, on the back of his fourth album DAMN debuting at #1 on the Billboard 100 and wowing both fans and critics alike, his appearance at the arena is set to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Imagine Dragons – March 3rd @ Manchester Arena

Six years after they made one hell of a first impression on the music world with their debut album Night Visions, which went on to sell in excess of 5 million copies, and already established as one of the best live acts in the world, Imagine Dragons  are returning to Manchester as part of a 5 date UK & Ireland tour.

Paloma Faith – March 8th @ Manchester Arena

After taking some time away from the industry to have her first child, vocal powerhouse Paloma Faith returned in 2017 with her new album The Architect and will showcase some of the collection’s biggest hits including the single “Guilty” when she takes to the arena stage, almost certainly with an interesting array of outfits and backdrops, as only she can come up with.

Thirty Seconds To Mars – March 24th @ Manchester Arena

Fronted by Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto, and in support of their new, as yet untitled and unreleased new album,Thirty Seconds To Mars, already a multi-platinum selling rock band, are returning to the UK to once again delight and entertain their global army of fans, the Echelon. As their latest single “Walk On Water” showcased, the coming few months look set to be a time of new sounds and styles for the band, and their live show looks set to showcase that in all its glory.

Tokio Myers – April 5th & April 18th @ Manchester Albert Hall

The 2017 winner of Britain’s Got Talent’s first set of tour dates proved so popular that they sold out in 8 hours and he’s since added 13 more. With his album Our Generation having reached #4 in the UK chart and following appearances on The X Factor and at The Royal Variety Performance, Tokio’s impressive talents as a pianist, composer and producer are bound to leave the Manchester – and any other – audience breathless.

Bastille – April 10th @ Manchester 02 Apollo

Currently finishing work on their third album and fourth mixtape (they’re not ones to rest on their laurels!), reworking the material from their No. 1 albums Wild World and Bad Blood, the Bastille boys are set to perform across the UK with a string and brass section, meaning fans of the band will hear some of their favourite tracks like they’ve never done so before.

Bryan Adams – May 24th @ Manchester Arena

As one of the most successful artists of all time, Bryan Adams has a back catalogue of hits any musician would be proud to call their own. Following the release of his latest album Ultimate, he’s returning to the UK for seven dates and will wow his audiences with performances packed full of classic hits such as “Summer Of 69” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and new material.

Katy Perry – June 22nd @ Manchester Arena

As part of her first world tour since Prismastic which ended in 2015, Katy Perry is bringing her new live show named after her latest album, Witness, to the UK. Having enjoyed recent chart success with “Chained To The Rhythm” and “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj, the American pop star is also bringing with her an impressive back catalogue of fan favourites including “I Kissed A Girl”, “Waking Up In Vegas” and “Roar.” With her last tour reported by Rolling Stone as being “a show to damage retinas and blow minds”, anticipation as to what her live shows this time around will feature is, unsurprisingly, very high indeed.

Tickets for all the shows mentioned above are available now and can be purchased from Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Header photo credit wildtatra.info.

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REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 39

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 62

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.