10 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN 2019

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1. A Gay Brexit Mu­si­cal! Writ­ten by former Bloc Party singer Kele Ok­ereke and gay scribe Matt Jones (Queer As Folk, Doc­tor Who, Torch­wood), Leave To Re­main is a mu­si­cal set dur­ing a gay mar­riage in the time of Brexit. De­but­ing in London in Jan­uary, this could be­come the­atre’s next Hamil­ton.

2. Adele Will Re­lease 30… Or Pos­si­bly 40! Adele’s albums are named af­ter her age on re­lease. Her fourth al­bum is sched­uled for 2019 though, on past form, this could quite eas­ily end up be­ing any num­ber be­tween 30 and 40! Moth­er­hood will do that. Don’t ex­pect any­thing more rad­i­cal than blis­ter­ingly hurt love songs.

3. Mariah’s Not Just For Christ­mas! At the tail end of 2018, and some four years af­ter her last al­bum, Mariah dropped Cau­tion to the, er, wind. The good news is it showed MC can put some of her re­cent poor form be­hind her and get back to do­ing classy power bal­lads and sassy R&B. She’s is, of course, still bat­shit bonkers!

4. The Re­turn Of One Di­rec­tion’s Bad Boy! Zayn’s new al­bum has long been in the can, ap­par­ently, so 2019 should fi­nally see the re­turn of the former One Di­rec­tion bad boy. His record boss has al­ready struck the right note, declar­ing Zayn’s sec­ond al­bum will have “a more op­ti­mistic tone”.

5. Avatar Tours! The ABBA avatar tour (where holo­grams are pro­jected on stage next to a live band) is due to kick off in 2019. Amy Wine­house’s dad has signed off on an avatar tour, too. Know­ing Amy’s dad, this may not be the good thing.

6. Aus­tralia Gets Euro­vi­sion Choice! Ev­ery other coun­try in the grand dame of mu­si­cal shows get to se­lect their fave tune to rep­re­sent them. Ex­cept Aus­tralia, which has it done for them. 2019 sees that change with a na­tional fi­nal to se­lect the win­ning act. Could 2019 fi­nally see Aus­tralia win Euro­vi­sion?

7. The Fred­die Mer­cury Re­vival Con­tin­ues! With Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, the movie, telling the story be­hind Queen and lead singer Fred­die Mer­cury, ex­pect the groundswell of in­ter­est in their mu­sic to con­tinue. Fig­ure in the DVD re­lease in the first half of 2019, plus the fab Adam Lam­bert lead­ing the sur­viv­ing mem­bers of Queen for live shows.

8. Pan­sex­ual Be­comes The New Norm! Hot on the heels of Panic! At the Disco front­man Bren­don Urie com­ing out as “pan­sex­ual” we’re hop­ing this leads to a flurry of other hot, for­merly straight(ish) dudes feel­ing the need to get in touch with their gay side. We’re more than happy to give them a hand. Obvs.

9. For­get Cir­cuit, XCLSIOR and Madrid Pride – It’s Gay Glas­ton­bury! Who needs an­other gay cir­cuit party when 2019 sees the re­turn of the world’s mud­di­est mu­sic fes­ti­val with its brazen, smutty, queer spa­ces? First round tix sold out (with­out even an­nounc­ing the line-up!) but ex­pect plenty of big names. If that doesn’t rock your Welling­ton boots, head to Glasto’s swampy gay tent.

10. A Proper New Dua Lipa Al­bum! Our fave new diva repack­aged her de­but al­bum twice so, grrl, it’s time for some real new ma­te­rial.

Bad boy: Zayn Ma­lik.

New Rules: Dua Lipa

Pan­sex­ual: Bren­don Urie.

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