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.

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We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.


We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.