Black Sapphire and Rock On Music brings to you, for the very first time, Shafqat Amanat Ali, live in concert with top musicians from Pakistan.
Shafqat Amanat Ali – the rockstar Ustad is the biggest singing sensation to hit the subcontinent in recent times. The singer, writer, composer is the son of the legendary Pakistani singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, making him a part of the nine generation old Patiala Gharana.
He has been a student of the classical music tradition of India and Pakistan since age four. He was inspired towards music by his father, his uncle Ustad Fateh Ali Khan sahib as well as Roshanara Begum, to name a few.
Shafqat’ s voice represents a unique blend of classical gayaki and contemporary panache. The soul in his powerful voice has the rare ability, which can carry the listener to the peaks of ecstasy and the depths of pain within moments. This very versatility makes him a vocalist par excellence. As the soulful voice traverses a gamut of emotions, the sheer perfection of his gayaki leaves the listener spellbound.
Shafqat will be supported by Mistu Bardhan from India.
This concert is presented by Ria Financial services. It’s a Black Sapphire and Rock On Music Production.
Tickets £20 £25 £30 £35 £40
Grace Entertainment present the pride of Punjabi and legends of Sufi singing, The Wadalis.
Padam Shree Ustad Puranchand Wadali and Ustad Piyare Lal Wadali are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in Amritsar District of Punjab, India. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers.
Lakhwinder Wadali, belonging to the famous Wadali family, has a unique blend of classical and contemporary styles, which brings freshness to Punjabi music. Trained extensively in the art of singing under the tutorship of his father, Padam Shree Ustad Puranchand Wadali, and uncle, Ustad Piyare Lal Wadali Alaaps, and Taans are the vital aspects of his music. He holds his audience spellbound with his lyrical flow of Punjabi music.
This trio is performing together in the UK for the first time ever and are all set to overwhelm audiences in a purely melodious musical night performing with an eight piece band.
The tour promises a very melodious Vaisakhi 2018 for all Sufi music lovers in the UK.
Tickets £25 £30 £35 £45 £55 £65 £75
Stephen Bullamore conductor
Musica Donum Dei
Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frederick Handel which is considered to be one of his finest works. It was written by Handel in the month between finishing composing Messiah and going to Dublin for its first performance.
The libretto is based on Milton's poem, Samson Agonistes and the biblical story of Samson in Chapter 16 of the book of Judges. It includes the well-known aria Let the Bright Seraphim which was sung at Prince Charles' wedding to Diana by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
This will be the first time that Samson has been performed by the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.
Tickets £24 £20 £10 Under 25s £5 Over 60s £21.60 on top price ticket only
Gary Barlow announced that he will embark on a solo tour of the UK kicking off in April 2018, playing 33 dates in 24 intimate venues.
The tour will see Gary play intimate venues across the UK and Ireland including some never visited before. The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over!
"I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played those smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans" says Gary of his forthcoming tour. "The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there."
Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.
Gary Barlow is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets.
Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. Aside from his achievements with Take That, he has also co-written and produced music for other renowned artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams. Gary’s last solo record Since I Saw You Last sold more than 600,000 copies and was the ninth biggest selling album that year. In more recent years, Gary has also turned his attention to the world of theatre, composing the score for the hugely successful production Finding Neverland, working alongside screenwriter Tim Firth to write the music and lyrics for musical The Girls and also working alongside his Take That band mates to produce The Band, a record breaking musical featuring the music of Take That.
Tickets £35 £47.50 £65 VIP £165
Gary Barlow VIP seated package includes
Best available seated ticket
Pre-signed tour programme
Gary Barlow VIP tote bag
Commemorative VIP laminate and custom lanyard
Exclusive Gary Barlow VIP tour gift
Maximum four tickets per person.
6.30pm doors - please note this is the time De Montfort Hall opens, not the start of the show.
No under 16s in the standing area. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
A musical journey from Lata Mangeshkar to Shreya Ghoshal
Ria Money Transfer in association with Rock On Music and TLC Events is proud to present the new Nightingale of India, Shreya Ghoshal Live with Symphony Orchestra.
In 2000, Shreya Ghoshal won the popular Indian Reality TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a platform for thousands of aspiring singers to exhibit their talent and where director Sanjay Leela Bhansali spotted her. A break in his film, Devdas fetched her a one-way ticket to Bollywood.
Since then, Shreya Ghoshal has grown into one of the most sought after female artists in Indian films with umpteen popular trophies as well as four National Awards in her kitty who regularly performs to packed houses all over the world. After amassing millions of fans, she recently also became the first Indian singer to be immortalized in the form of a wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Delhi.
With Shreya Ghoshal recreating her own hits and classics from the greats of yesteryear to the sounds of a symphony orchestra, this concert is a must for all music lovers.
"I've done so many world tours, but none have come close to this one. I wanted to offer something unconventional to my fans. That's when I decided to have a grand symphony with strings, piano and a choir section along with my core band. I will present songs that I've recorded in the previous years. Songs by Lataji, Ashaji, Madan Mohan Saab, RD Burmanji, Salil Chowdhury and Laxmikant-Pyarelal are close to my heart. Music became my first love after I heard their tracks. It will be an honour to sing their songs live." Shreya Ghoshal
£40 £50 £60 £75 £100
Doors to the auditorium will be open from 6pm.
The Waterboys return with their extended nine piece band, for the second leg of their current UK tour in support of their new critically acclaimed double album Out Of All This Blue, which entered the UK album charts at number eight, their highest chart position since 1993.
Ever since Mike Scott first brought The Waterboys to public attention their career has been marked by storied departures. Staking out bold, new territory with fresh approaches and inspirational collaborators has been the defining factor of Scott’s creative flow.
"A rich feast of country, soul and down home Rock n Roll." Q Magazine
"A perfect anecdote to end-of summer ennui." Sunday Express
"A triumph of both hope and experience." Mail On Sunday
"Mike Scott in flying form." Irish Times
"The best Waterboys album in decades, if not ever." Sunday Independent (Ireland)
"A sparkling pop tour de force." Elmore Magazine
"The album is loaded with future Waterboys classics." Daily Mirror
"Scott has his song-writing mojo in full swing…a wonderful return to form." Hot Press
Tickets £35 £39.50
One of our most loved pop icons, Marti Pellow, will be coming to De Montfort Hall as part of The Private Collection Tour. The tour celebrates 30 years in the industry, including number ones and hit singles from his many albums as both a solo artist and with Wet Wet Wet.
How special is it that we have a singer songwriter that has a career that spans decades, oh and let's not forget he sang Love Is All Around (a little attempt at sarcasm creeping in there) which stayed at the top of the charts and gave him the longest stay at number one for a British artist? What a great accolade to have along with dozens of gold and platinum selling records from all over the world, which sit in a cupboard held open by his Brit award...
Marti Pellow is not a singer songwriter that is about yesterday or today, he strives to be about tomorrow and that is why he has longevity in his career and continues to push himself; be it on a Broadway stage, writing a new musical, making new records, starring in the West End or touring - all of this ties together for him - and its all about the music.
Marti said: “Playing live is about sharing a connection with your audience; be that with singing old songs, new songs, borrowed songs - I don’t care where the songs come from - it's about having the best night out - pure and simple. I was just blown away by the amazing response from fans after we did our big concert tour earlier this year – and then exactly the same response after we did a couple of our Private Collection shows in a much more intimate setting – and I thought – if you all really loved those shows - then I want to come out and play these great songs and more for you. I want to hear my audience singing and laughing with me and walking away that night knowing me just that bit better.”
After the success of his last tour, Marti put together the new concert idea of The Private Collection show. He showcased it to sold-out evenings at The Stables in Wavendon and such was their success Marti decided to turn this show into a UK wide tour in 2018.
Marti said: “Here’s a show for those that just would love to hear an extraordinary evening of music – from the hits you love the most, with massive brass-driven soul numbers to intimate acoustic ballads – and maybe a wee bit of chat along the way. We’ve got everything you love!”
Tickets £39.50 £42.50
James Bay is set to release his much anticipated second album, Electric Light in May, following up on his internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling, BRIT and Ivor-winning, triple Grammy nominated debut, Chaos & The Calm (2015). The release is accompanied by newly announced UK tour dates!
Aspiring to push his own musical boundaries with Electric Light, Bay notes: “If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame - while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me. The feeling of a 100 watt bulb expanding and brightening is what I envisioned. Electric Light came to my mind and I knew it was perfect.”
Maximum four tickets per person.
No under 16s in the standing area. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets will not be sent out until two weeks before the concert date.
Message from James Bay:
“To help combat ticket touts and make sure my fans get tickets first (not the touts!), the name of the lead booker will be printed on all tickets across the tour. Your party must arrive together and the lead booker will be required to present ID that matches the name on the tickets.
I’ve partnered with Twickets, a face value or less ticket resale platform, on this show so fans can buy and sell tickets safely and securely.
Hope to see you there. J x”
Tickets £12 £15
After his sell out shows in 2017, the musical maestro is back to perform ‘a once in a lifetime’ performance of Qawali in an up close and personnel setting.
Having completed a series of sell out concerts globally to pay tribute to the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be embarking to bring back Qawali to its old glory through a series of concerts around the world. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has chosen the poetry of the famous Poets and Sufis from the subcontinent to bring to you Just Qawali.
"I am basically a Qawal and the poetry of the Sufi’s runs in my veins. Qawali is at the heart of our family traditions and my ancestors have worked hard to develop this genre of music and introduce it to the world. The world of music has not seen a Qawal that is parallel to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He glorified the art of Qawali and took the art to international audiences. He won many awards and accolades for his performances. Qawali and I are inseparable. It runs in my blood. Whatever I am performing, Qawali is always at the heart of it. Qawali gives me the unique edge in all the music that I do." Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Tickets £35 £45 £55 £75 £100 VIP* £150
*VIP ticket includes a photo opportunity with the artist and a seat within the first two rows
A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.
Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!
Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!
"Spellbinding, the company delivered a flawless performance and captured the hearts of the sold out His Majesty’s Theatre." Rita Brown, The Press & Journal, Aberdeen
"Hearts were pounding, feet tapping, people were feeling so good. It was a great performance and night; a must-see for Whitney fans." Danielle Travis, The News, Portsmouth & Southsea
"Mightily impressive……. this top notch show is a celebration of Whitney’s music and a fine and fitting way to ensure it lives on." Simon Duke, Chronicle Live/The Sage, Gateshead
"Masterly recreated for the stage. A fantastic show with a tightness than can only be achieved after long hard sessions in the rehearsal room." Owen J Lewis, www.loveshrewsbury.com
An unprecedented musical feast of 1970-77 favourites and rarities...
In an all-out performance of live visual signature stunts, a museum-worthy array of vintage instruments and a dizzying pace of iconic tracks and stage rarities, The Musical Box indulges for the first time in its 25 year existence in an intense trip into the world of early Genesis.
From its unique perspective as the only band ever licensed and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, The Musical Box presents a new, never performed show featuring the music of Featuring the music from the classic albums Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, A Trick of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering. And a few surprises...
Acclaimed for its historical re-enactment of early genesis, The Musical Box has performed for more than a million spectators worldwide in some of the most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Paris Olympia. The Musical Box had the privilege of hosting phil collins and steve hackett as performing guests. in its quest for authenticity, The Musical Box is often cited as the best interpretation group in the world and the international reference for early genesis.
"The Musical Box recreated, very accurately I must say, what Genesis was doing. I saw them in Bristol with my children so they could see what their father did back then." Peter Gabriel
"They're not a tribute band, they have taken a period and are faithfully reproducing it in the same way that someone would do a theatrical production." Phil Collins
Tickets £25 £36 £48
Restricted view tickets £15
Hit makers Level 42 are to embark on a 19-date Eternity Tour of the UK in October 2018 following last year’s sell-out shows in the UK and Europe. The dates will also feature special guests The Blow Monkeys.
Mark King, front man and bassist, said: "We can’t wait to get on the road again in the UK in 2018, it’s always such a hoot, and our fans are always a joy to play to. The band is ever evolving, and reinvention, both musically and in the way we present ourselves, has become something of a tradition for Level. The Eternity Tour will be a chance for us to showcase this once again, and we’ll be playing all our best material as well as some new tracks, and maybe a few deeper cuts too. We are also very happy to welcome The Blow Monkeys as special guests for the tour, how cool is that!”.
In a career spanning almost four decades, Level 42 have sold in excess of 30 million albums and their impressive back-catalogue includes mega hits Lessons In Love, Something About You, Running In The Family and It’s Over. In 2016 the band completed a sold-out 37-date Sirens II Tour of the UK and Europe with critics praising the funk favourites for their ability to “light up the stage” (Birmingham Mail) and sound “as slick as ever” (Bournemouth Echo).
The Blow Monkeys will feature as special guests on the tour. The band are renowned for their seductive live performances and will treat audiences to hits including Digging Your Scene, It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way and their cover of Lesley Gore’s You Don’t Own Me which featured on the Dirty Dancing 1987 soundtrack. The band released a brand new album The Wild River earlier this month.
Tickets: £29.50 £35
VIP package - The Ultimate Meet & Greet Experience £199 (available via Event Travel only)
Includes a premium seat in tiered stalls, meet and greet photo opportunity with Level 42 with professional photographer, signed programme, collectible VIP laminate and lanyard, commemorative ticket wallet, on site event management and VIP host and 24/7 customer support on the day.
VIP package - The Premium Hot Seat Experience £129 (available via Event Travel only)
Includes a premium seat in tiered stalls, programme and exclusive merchandise, commemorative ticket wallet, on site event management and VIP host and 24/7 customer support on the day.
Love Affair’s - Steve Ellis
Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.
With a career spanning six decades, The Searchers now embark upon what will be their ‘Farewell 60s’ tour. It all began in Liverpool, where they were tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers spent 128 weeks in the charts, with sales of more than 50 million, including three massive UK No.1 hits.
The Merseybeats. Another success story from the Liverpool, Merseybeat boom years. Great memorable hit records including; Sorrow, I Think of You, and Wishin’ and Hopin’.
Following on in the wake of Merseybeat, The Fortunes added another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song. With hits including; You’ve Got Your Troubles and Here It Comes Again, The Fortunes remain one of the UK’s premier harmony groups.
This will be ponytailed P.J. Proby’s final tour. His controversial trouser splitting shocked the nation and in 1964 and was the Melody Maker teen idol award winner. His hit records spent 91 weeks in the charts.
Steve Ellis, the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five Top 20 singles, including their No. 1 Everlasting Love.
Finally, Vanity Fare, scored with three top 20 hits in the late sixties, including their catchy ‘Hitchin’ A Ride.
Re-live the magic of the 1960s with six of the biggest chart acts of the decade. Get your tickets by calling the box office or book online.
Restricted View Seats £32.50
Iconic British band Soul II Soul are embarking on a landmark tour of the UK marking 30 years of hugely influential success, and paying tribute to their legendary debut album, Club Classics Vol 1.
The double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band will be stopping off in Leicester for the tour, which features a stunning production.
With huge hits including Keep On Movin (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single Back To Life (However Do You Want Me), Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge amount of artists they have influenced.
During the course of their stellar career the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.
Tickets £26.50 £28.50 £32.50
Tickets £41 restricted view £29.50
Pre Sale 10am Wednesday 31 January
Deacon Blue are delighted to announce their 2018 Tour, To Be Here Someday, a celebration of 30 years of Deacon Blue.
The last five years have been something of a renaissance for the band, and a prolific surge of creativity that has spawned three new albums released in quick succession, including 2016’s studio album Believers, which became their highest charting album in 23 years. To Be Here Someday is a tour that celebrates the band’s entire career, and will see them play some of their biggest ever shows.
The tour’s title To Be Here Someday is a line from their iconic single Dignity and encapsulates the band’s hopes, their passion and joy in being able to share with their fans the biggest songs from throughout their career. As has become a feature of their live shows, they will present a set list that will change night by night but will always be full of classic Deacon Blue.
7pm doors 7.30pm support TBC
Tickets £39.50 front circle gold seats £29.50 all other seats
Suitable for ages nine +