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WE’VE had some bad weather this past week, but on the plus side it has swept in some se­ri­ously hot tick­ets. So weather the storm and make plans for warmer times next year, with some of th­ese ex­cit­ing live shows... Sounds of the City, Castle­field Bowl, July

A raft of bands and artists have been added to next year’s Sounds of the City bill, the se­ries of open air con­certs that take place ev­ery sum­mer at Castle­field Bowl. Join­ing al­ready-an­nounced Kylie Minogue will be El­bow, The Na­tional, The Kooks and The Wom­bats, as well as a wel­come re­turn for Ha­cienda Clas­si­cal. The an­nual sum­mer se­ries is a sta­ple in Manch­ester’s cal­en­dar for the year, with pre­vi­ous head­lin­ers in­clud­ing the likes of Chic, New Or­der, Ar­cade Fire, Noel Gallagher’s High Fly­ing Birds and Cat­fish and the Bot­tle­men. The Zu­tons, Al­bert Hall, March 29

The Zu­tons are back, and have an­nounced a UK tour for spring. The band has re­united for their first tour for nine years to cel­e­brate their de­but al­bum, Who Killed the Zu­tons, which cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary next year. The an­nounce­ment comes two years af­ter the band re­formed in 2016 to play a gig to com­mem­o­rate their late friend, Kris­tian Ea­ley, which they then said would be their fi­nal ever show. Lisa Stans­field, The Lowry Lyric Theatre, Oc­to­ber 26

Lisa Stans­field is mark­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of her de­but solo al­bum, Af­fec­tion, with a se­ries of live shows next Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

The multi-plat­inum al­bum, re­leased in 1989, went on to sell over five mil­lion copies world­wide, win­ning three BRIT Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver Clef Award and two Grammy nom­i­na­tions, among other pres­ti­gious awards.

The tour will see Lisa and the band per­form hits from Af­fec­tion along­side favourites and clas­sics from her seven sub­se­quent solo records. Squeeze, The Lowry Lyric Theatre, Novem­ber 3

Squeeze have an­nounced an ex­ten­sive tour for 2019, in­clud­ing a date at Sal­ford’s Lowry theatre. With two crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums in the past three years, Squeeze will be joined by spe­cial guests Heaven 17 for the tour. The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers, Manch­ester Arena, Novem­ber 22

The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers have re­vealed de­tails of a huge UK tour and their ninth stu­dio al­bum to go with it.

The duo will play at Manch­ester Arena this time next year, as part of a na­tion­wide tour. Formed ●● Guy Gar­vey of El­bow in Manch­ester in 1989, they have gone on to pro­duce con­sis­tently chart-top­ping records and been show­ered in awards, in­clud­ing four Gram­mys. No Ge­og­ra­phy will be their ninth al­bum and is due for re­lease in spring next year. Di­ver­sity, Palace Theatre, Novem­ber 16

Next year marks a decade since Di­ver­sity won the third se­ries of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, shock­ing many by beat­ing Susan Boyle in front of a tele­vi­sion au­di­ence of over 20 mil­lion.

Af­ter eight sell-out UK tours, the dance troupe has an­nounced their 10th an­niver­sary Born Ready tour for au­tumn 2019 - in­clud­ing two shows at Manch­ester’s Palace Theatre (a mati­nee and evening per­for­mance). Tears for Fears, De­lamere For­est (For­est Live), June 21

Tears For Fears have an­nounced a spe­cial gig as part of For­est Live 2019, the sum­mer con­cert se­ries or­gan­ised by the Forestry Com­mis­sion. Synth-pop pi­o­neers Roland Orz­a­bal and Curt Smith formed Tears For Fears in 1981 and fans can ex­pect per­for­mances of clas­sic hits from their il­lus­tri­ous back cat­a­logue.

The band will be joined by more spe­cial guests at this spe­cial gig against the beau­ti­ful back­drop of De­lamere For­est in Cheshire.

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