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.