Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to De Montfort Hall in what promises to be the most intimate concert in The Tribute Tour.
2017 marks the 20th year since the death of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Regarded as the greatest singer in the genre of Qawali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan brought the modest form of devotional singing to international attention. He collaborated with and influenced countless musicians. His nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is proof that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
There is the same clear, ringing voice, with that slight bit of gravel rasping at its edge, just like Nusrat. Rahat shines at classic Qawali, the Sufi devotional music made famous by his uncle, even though he has brought the house down in India's thriving, immensely popular Bollywood industry, lending his voice to dozens of projects.
His Leicester appearance is one you shouldn't let pass by as the protégée pays tribute to his mentor.
Working with Grammy Award winning producer David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney, Jake recorded the album in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of popular music. As part of American Sound Studio’s legendary house band The Memphis Boys, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Woods provided the chops on such pivotal records as Dusty In Memphis, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Dark End Of The Street, cutting their teeth in sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.
"They’re old guys but they’re amazing,” Jake says. “It was ten to five and then that’s it. They'd pack up and we’d done two or three tunes. It was a mad vibe being from England and meeting these absolute legends and then cutting some tracks with them.”
Alongside the single Dan Auerbach also played on shuffling rockabilly get-down I Can Burn Alone and In The Event Of My Demise, while rising star Noah Cyrus, younger sister of Miley, shares the vocals on one of the albums stand out moments Waiting.
As ever, Jake’s writing and singing shine on Hearts That Strain. There’s a common thread running through its 11 songs, each one a gem waiting to be discovered.
Still only 23, Jake’s most recent album was last years acclaimed On My One, and it followed two multiplatinum selling albums his breakthrough self-titled debut and Shang ri La.
These 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of dates around the UK and Ireland.
Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago.
Irish superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May has announced three additional UK tour dates due to phenomenal public demand.
If you don't know Imelda May, prepare to be blown away. If you are already a fan, get ready to hear her as you never have before. She has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. Long celebrated by peers as one of the most sensational singers of contemporary music, Imelda May has made the album of her life.
“This is the unmistakeable sound of an artist finally, thrillingly, finding her own voice.” Evening Standard
“This is a triumphant rebirth.” Daily Mirror
“It’s a hugely effective, beautifully crafted reboot that should open up new audiences and point to future triumphs.” The Sun
Joining Jools on stage for the 2017 Autumn/Winter UK tour will be Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, one of the most prominent stars in Latin America and revered musicians in the world. Having worked with the likes of John Lennon and Joni Mitchell in the past, his catalogue of international hits include his covers of The Doors' Light My Fire and the Bee Gees’ And the Sun Will Shine, along with the much-loved Christmas classic, Feliz Navidad. Jools and José will also be recording an album together with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which is scheduled to be released later this year. With his mix of Latin and pop styles and his inimitable guitar playing, it’s no question that José will go down a storm on stage.
Jools Holland says of José Feliciano: "A man whose voice and guitar I’ve idolised all my life. A unique innovator whom I am immensely looking forward to working with".
José Feliciano to Jools Holland: "My gosh! Jools Holland is an icon who’s played a major role in the life of contemporary music throughout the United Kingdom and way beyond. He continues to do so and for that I admire him greatly. Don’t ever deny us of your magic, Jools; it’s an honour to be working (playing!) with you".
José Feliciano joins a long line of acclaimed recording artists that have joined Jools’ tour as special guests in the past. These include Solomon Burke, Lulu, KT Tunstall, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Yazoo singer Alison Moyet, 60s pop icon Sandie Shaw, along with most recently from Jools’ 2016 tour, ska pioneers Pauline Black and Arthur
‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from The Selecter.
Also featuring in the shows will be fan favourites Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley on vocals, along with the supreme Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums. Master of ceremonies for the shows, Jools, will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career along with pieces taken from his recent instrumental album Piano, released in December 2016, as well as songs from his new collaboration with José Feliciano.
With a huge collection of boogie-woogie tracks from multiple decades, a night at one of the UK’s most popular tours is for sure a memorable one!
Support from Philippa Hanna
Featuring Special Guest Carly Paoli
Following a huge UK sold out tour this year, Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro have announced dates for their third nationwide tour.
Collabro are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. They met in 2014 above a pub in London for their first rehearsal and only a month later went on to rouse the whole of the Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars in their first audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Having won their semi-final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever and subsequently signed to Simon Cowell’s label Syco, becoming label mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.
In the two years since the competition, Collabro have released a number one debut album Stars, and their follow up album Act Two peaked at number two in the charts in the summer of 2015. They have performed at the Royal Variety Performance, twice on Britain’s Got Talent including the ten-year grand final compilation of past contestants, and have become enormously successful internationally. Notably, they have performed for over 30 million people in Japan on Music Station on two separate occasions, completing a tour and winning a gold disc award for top international artist alongside Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. They have also completed two tours of America alongside with a major record deal stateside.
Collabro, now made up of Jamie Lambert, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan and Thomas Redgrave, have already performed to seven million people on Soccer Aid 2016 to critical appraise and excellent reviews as a four piece. Excited for the future the band are looking forward to releasing their third album HOME in early 2017 and will be embarking on tours of Canada, Japan and America before their heading back to the UK for their major tour next winter.