Stars mak­ing 2017 a big year for mu­sic

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Lois Swin­ner­ton lois.swin­ner­ton@trin­i­tymir­

PRE­PARE for a year of fan­tas­tic en­ter­tain­ment right on your doorstep as 2017 wel­comes mu­sic from pop­u­lar artists from across the world.

Pop­u­lar artists such as Adele al­ready have sold­out shows, but with other artists per­form­ing through­out the year at v venues like The O2 Arena, E Even­tim Apollo in Ham­mer­smith and 02 Shep­herd’s Bush Em­pire, there is plenty to look for­ward to.

Here’s a guide of just s some of the artists who are stop­ping off in the cap­i­tal in 2017.

CRAIG DAVID (Apr 9) WITH the re­turn of Craig David tak­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try by force, no one canc doubt his suc­cess in 2016.2

The Bri­tish singer, song­writer and rap­per has 20 UK Top 40 sin­gles to his name, he has re­leased seven UK top 40 al­bums and, as a solo artist, has sold more than 14 mil­lion records world­wide.

His 2016 al­bum, Fol­low­ing My In­tu­ition, will also be the name of his tour, which he is later tak­ing to the O2 Arena on March 25 and 26.

ADELE (June 28 and 29, July 1 and 2) ADELE re­turns to the cap­i­tal in yet another sell out per­for­mance.

The multi-award win­ning artist will be per­form­ing un­der the fa­mous arch in her The Fi­nale show, which con­cludes her world tour.

DRAKE (Jan 28 to Feb 15) 2016 was an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful year for Drake, with his hit One Dance spend­ing 15 weeks at num­ber one, fall­ing just short of Bryan Adams’ 16 week record with Ev­ery­thing I Do, I Do It For You.

The Grammy Award­win­ning and plat­inum­selling record­ing artist will per­form eight shows at the arena on his Boy Meets World Tour.

BLACK SABBATH (Jan 29-31) THIS will be your last chance to see Black Sabbath on tour as a band.

Cur­rently in Europe, the farewell tour will see band mem­bers Ozzy Os­bourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer But­ler re­turn­ing home to end their Black Sabbath jour­ney.

THE VAMPS (May 13) THE pop rock band came onto the mu­sic scene just four years ago, with their first sin­gle, Can We Dance, de­but­ing at num­ber two in the UK charts.

With run­ways, ramps and pits set to be part of the stage set up, au­di­ence mem­bers are sure to be in for an ex­cit­ing show.

SHAWN MEN­DES (June 1 and 2) IN HIS ever head­lin­ing tour, Cana­dian singer­song­writer Shawn Men­des will be bring­ing his pop­u­lar mu­sic, in­clud­ing num­ber one sin­gles, Stitches and Treat You Bet­ter, to fans in Lon­don.

Ahead of his tour, Shawn Men­des said: “I’m so ex­cited for the Il­lu­mi­nate World Tour and to head to the UK for the shows there.

“The Bri­tish fans have been so sup­port­ive and this will be my first time head­lin­ing in Scotland and Manch­ester, as well as The O2 in Lon­don. I can’t wait.” first arena

LIT­TLE MIX (Oct 26 and Nov 25 and 26) AF­TER win­ning the X Fac­tor in 2011, Lit­tle Mix have gone from strength to strength.

In 2016, their fourth stu­dio al­bum, Glory Days be­came the bands first num­ber one al­bum in the UK. Their most well known hits in­clude Shout Out To my Ex, Black Magic and Move.

THE STRANGLERS (Mar 24) AF­TER form­ing a legacy in the 1970s which car­ried into the 1980s, The Stranglers con­tinue to en­ter­tain crowds.

The band hit the road again with the Clas­sic Col­lec­tion tour, co­in­cid­ing with the rere­lease of the band’s en­tire cat­a­logue from 1977 to 1982.

NE-YO (Apr 7) AMER­I­CAN singer­song­writer, Ne-Yo is com­ing to Lon­don, and al­though he re­leased his de­but al­bum more than 10 years ago, the artist is still a big name in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The Grammy Award win­ner has three num­ber one records and has sold more than 10 mil­lion al­bums world­wide.

Some of his most fa­mous hits in­clude Let Me Love You, So Sick and Closer.

DONNY OS­MOND (Jan 31 and Feb 1) IT WILL be Donny Os­mond’s first solo con­cert tour in the UK for four years, as the leg­endary singer cel­e­brates 50 years in the in­dus­try.

He has three UK num­ber one sin­gles to his name, nine UK Top 10 sin­gles and has sold more than 100 mil­lion records.

BUSTED (Feb 3) THE pop rock band formed 17 years ago and since then have sold more than five mil­lion al­bums world­wide.

Year 3000 and What I Go To School For are some of the band’s ear­lier mu­sic, be­fore they split.

Two of the orig­i­nal mem­bers, Matt and James, an­nounced plans to cre­ate a su­per­group with McFly, called McBusted, in 2013.

Now re­formed as the orig­i­nal Busted band with Char­lie Simp­son, their UK tour fol­lows the re­lease of their most re­cent sin­gle, On What You’re On.

Ahead of the tour, Char­lie said: “We can’t wait for peo­ple to hear these songs and be able to share what we have been work­ing so hard on for the past twelve months.”

JAMES ARTHUR (Mar 9-11) THE 2012 X-Fac­tor win­ner James Arthur is com­ing to west Lon­don with his sec­ond al­bum, Back From The Edge.

The al­bum boasts a num­ber of mu­sic styles in­clud­ing soul, rock and hip hop.

STAGE STARS: (Clock­wise from above) Adele, The Vamps, Drake, Lit­tle Mix and Black Sabbath

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