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Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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.

08/09/2017 To 14/09/2017
Texas
With their glorious new album Jump On Board coming out in April, Texas announce 21 UK dates this autumn.

Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri Jump on Board is the first new Texas studio album since The Conversation in 2013 and is nothing short of a pop classic.

New single Let’s Work It Out – with a divine video featuring Thierry Henry- has been playlisted at Radio 2 while the band are set to perform on the Chris Evans Radio show with Sharleen also appearing on Saturday Kitchen and BBC Breakfast soon.

Having already sold out two nights at Kelvingrove Park Glasgow in July (with a third recently put on sale due to phenomenal demand), Texas kick off their UK tour 11th September in Cardiff.
19/09/2017 19:00
Shane Filan
Hot off the back of announcing his new album Love Always, Shane Filan has announced his major indoor UK Tour, Love Always, taking in some of the UK’s best loved venues.

Shane says, "Love Always, is a collection of some of my favourite classic love songs. It's an album I've wanted to make for a long time. For me there’s nothing quite like singing an amazing ballad and this album is full of them. Some of the song suggestions came directly from my fans because they would always say to me, we would love to hear you sing this song. So, I decided to make a list of all my favourite love songs and then put them together on one album. The hard part was narrowing it down to those on the album. There's also a few original tracks on there, some that I've written myself. It's always amazing to get into the studio and see what we can create. I can't wait for my fans to hear the album. It has been a long time coming."

Shane has cemented his position as one of the UK’s most popular male solo artists, following phenomenal success with Westlife - one of the world’s most successful bands of the last few decades – and his own hugely successful Right Here Tour in 2016, which saw fans pleading for another run on the road. Shane was keen to oblige and the idea for Love Always was soon born, with this latest tour including all his popular hits and tracks from the new album.

Westlife had fourteen chart topping singles and forty-four million sales. Their career, Shane says, "fulfilled all of our dreams 1000 times over." It’s been a remarkable journey for a singer songwriter who grew up inspired by an admiration of Backstreet Boys and Michael Jackson.

Multi-platinum Australian artist Guy Sebastian will be joining Shane Filan on his tour.
Australia’s first ever “Idol” winner in 2003, Guy’s decade and a half long career has seen 42 platinum and three gold certifications, and sold three million in combined sales with a string of arena tours. His 2013 single Battle Scars went platinum in the US, with Guy in fact being only one of a few artists in Australian music history to ever achieve this. Four seasons on the judging panel for the hit television show, Australia’s ‘X Factor’ have also given him opportunity to really cement himself as a popular household name.

Hot off the back of the Conscious release – his tenth studio album - Guy will be joining Shane Filan on his Love Always Tour and is looking forward to touring the UK and bringing his own inimitable repertoire to the stage.
11/10/2017 19:30
ABF Concert: The Band of the Coldstream Guards & Sam Bailey
The Band of the Coldstream Guards make a welcome return to help raise much-needed funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This famous band, which has now been in existence for over 200 years, will be joined by Leicester-based X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the only military charity where funds are distributed directly into the hands of serving and former soldiers and families who find themselves in desperate need. With the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan and other conflicts, many people may think that calls on the charity’s resources would diminish over time. In reality it is now, and in the future, when the charity most needs your help to deal with the physical and psychological challenges soldiers may face in the years ahead; often not surfacing for 15 years or longer.

Please come and help us make this event both a pleasurable occasion and financial success.
12/10/2017 19:30
Squeeze
South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of UK dates in October/November 2017. This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave. The band are currently working on a new album for 2017.

Chris Difford tells us, "I’m excited to say Squeeze are planning a new album release and a UK tour for 2017.  As I put pencil to paper to write some ideas for the next album I have to say how confident I am about our bands future. I’m excited that Nine Below Zero are opening up for us as they’re a band I have a huge amount of respect for. At last something to look forward to in 2017!"

As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, they also have Cradle To The Grave to draw on, their first collection of new tracks since 1998. This album marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful songwriting axis of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, in a beautifully-observed series of fond vignettes about childhood, growing up and the absurdities of the ride through life we’re all on. The live band now features a six-piece line up with Chris and Glenn joined by Simon Hanson (drums), Lucy Shaw (bass), Stephen Large (keyboards) and Melvin Duffy (guitar and various instruments).

The group first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited nine years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Support on the tour comes from Nine Below Zero. Since their formation in 1977 the band have carved out a strong reputation as a live band, with The Crack magazine describing them as “one of the best blues bands in the country”. Their latest album 13 Shades Of Blue, 2016, features a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists which Get Ready To Rock see as “them evolving into a full blown big band who tackle the kind of soulful, funk and blues related influences that have made them an enduring and cutting edge band”. 

"Difford and Tilbrook deliver a rousing reminder of their talent for tuneful and touching glimpses of everyday life." **** Live Review, The Guardian

"A crowd on their feet sang back new songs as though they were decades-old classics." ***** Live Review, The Times

"Squeeze head Up The Junction on the journey back to success." ***** Live Review, Metro

"Last night, Difford, Tilbrook and four new Squeezers reclaimed the past and added a new, vibrant present. Short and sharp, warm and witty." ***** Live Review, Evening Standard
14/10/2017 19:00
The Australian Pink Floyd
The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns in 2017 with a new set of Pink Floyd songs - The Best Side Of The Moon incorporating a full performance of what many would call the most iconic rock album of all time.

"In 2017 we will play the classics Dark Side of the Moon album in its entirety as well as some of the most popular songs from the Syd Barrett years, Meddle, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut, Momentary Lapse of Reason and the Division Bell.

Building on our continuing success in Europe and the United States in 2016 we will bring a fabulous laser and light show, special filmed footage and original animation onto a large high resolution LED screen, inflatables such as Skippy (our Pink Kangaroo), The Teacher and Pig and a 10 piece band playing the songs with all the note for note attention to detail and sound that has been honed of almost 30 years of performances."

"Setting the gold standard." The Times

"For the record TAPFS are a phenomenon to be witnessed live… It’s almost enough to make you forget you haven’t been watching Pink Floyd, but a surrogate band." Prog

"Probably the most popular tribute band in the world." Sunday Times Culture
23/10/2017 19:00
The Musical Box: Genesis The Black Show
The Musical Box, internationally acclaimed for its historical re-enactment of early Genesis' works, is coming to the UK to perform The Black Show a re-imagining of their performance of Selling England By The Pound, featuring classic songs from all of the early albums. The emblematic 1974 show, originally only ever seen in America, allowed Genesis and Peter Gabriel to attain rockstar status, enjoying to this day a cult following from nostalgic and young music lovers alike.
29/10/2017 19:30
OMD
The Punishment of Luxury is the new album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), the pioneering synth-pop group – founded almost 40 years ago by two teenage Kraftwerk fans from the Wirral – whose early albums Architecture and Morality (1981) and Dazzle Ships (1983) would shape the dominant sound of that decade. Alongside the Human League and Gary Numan, OMD mapped out the musical landscape of the time and helped to mint this new genre with hits such as Enola Gay, Electricity and Souvenir.
05/11/2017 19:00
Jake Bugg Solo Acoustic Tour
Jake Bugg releases his stunning new album Hearts That Strain, recorded in Nashville, on September 1st. The first taste of which is the breezy single How Soon The Dawn, a collaboration with Dan Auerbach, and you can see the video for it here.

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.

06/11/2017 19:00
The Big Birthday Celebration
Join your favourite BBC Radio Leicester presenters as they introduce a fantastic variety show crammed full of music, dance, comedy and magic!

Celebrate five decades of entertainment as a host of top performers, famous names and surprise guests come together to salute the country's first BBC Local Radio station - 50 years to the day it all started in 1967!

Presented by Applause and BBC Radio Leicester. 
08/11/2017 19:30
The Selecter / The Beat

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.

10/11/2017 19:00
Dr Hook
Following a series of sell-out performances in 2016, the Timeless tour of the UK has been extended into 2017 due to overwhelming public demand!

From the very beginnings of Dr Hook to the height of their success, Dennis Locorriere was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and best loved songs. Receiving more than 70 platinum and gold Discs, Dr Hook have reached legendary status in many countries.

Reviving special memories with classics such as Sylvia's Mother, Sexy Eyes, A Little Bit More, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Sharing The Night Together, The Cover Of Rolling Stone and Queen Of The Silver Dollar, don’t miss the opportunity of seeing Dr Hook live!

"With a top-quality band, a voice and a spirit that hasn’t aged, Dr Hook are still a top touring group." Shropshire Star

"The energetic passion of Locorriere shows the vocalist still has it." Scunthorpe Telegraph

"Locorriere’s voice is rich and plaintive, his patter eloquent and engaging, his six-piece backing band outstanding." Southern Daily Echo

"A night of natural charm supplied by one of the greats of American music." Liverpool Sound & Vision
11/11/2017 19:30
Imelda May

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

20/11/2017 19:00
Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Musical virtuoso Jools Holland and his well-renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced dates and special guests for their upcoming 2017 Autumn/Winter UK tour, now in its 22nd year.

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!

22/11/2017 To 23/11/2017
An Evening with Collabro

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.

27/11/2017 19:00
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. Their new show, charts the Ukes rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family and at the BBC Proms, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. Not only this but given the time of year the Ukes are adding a little festive frivolity to the show. This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and a chance for the audience to play or sing-a-long to the odd well worn Christmas number. Watch the tutorials online , learn the parts and join in live.

On an on-going "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions.

“Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times

“Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries." New Musical Express
30/11/2017 19:30
Paul Carrack
Paul Carrack, legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics returns to the road with his band in early 2018, performing in 23 venues across the UK.
23/02/2018 19:30