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This week, Bedfordshire raised singer and songwriter Tom Grennan announced a very special virtual performance delivered via MelodyVR live from London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton, plus the return of SIX The Musical to London’s West End, brand new John Bishop shows and the rescheduled WWE Live tour.
Here’s the latest from the world of live entertainment this week.
“Nothing can replace the thrill of live music, especially in a venue as iconic as O2 Academy Brixton,” says Tom Grennan of his newly announced virtual show, taking place on Friday 2 October 2020. “I have loved playing there in the past and I can’t wait to get on the stage again with MelodyVR and bring you a taste of the new album. I am putting together something really special for everyone at home who I’ve missed so much.”
Streamed through MelodyVR on either a smartphone or a VR headset, the show will see Grennan perform tracks from his breakthrough debut Lighting Matches LP, as well as promising a number of live surprises. Utilising MelodyVR’s innovative technology, audiences will be able to choose from multiple camera angles guaranteeing the best seat in the house.
Tickets are available from 9:00 on Wednesday 16 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Nothing But Thieves will be celebrating the release of their anticipated third studio album Moral Panic with their biggest UK shows to date in October 2021. The run of dates includes a headline show at London’s The O2. Ahead of the album’s release, the band have celebrated huge success with singles such as Is Everybody Going Crazy? and Real Love Song. Tickets are available from 9:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
As well as his recently announced headline dates, James Blunt will take to Audley End on 13 August 2021. The date joins his summer headline shows, including an appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are available from 9:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
London based singer-songwriter Mae Muller has announced a headline run for April 2021, celebrating the release of last year’s debut album Chapter 21. Tickets are available from 9:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Metalcore pioneers August Burns Red and UK outfit Bury Tomorrow are teaming up for a run across the UK in November 2021, culminating with two nights at London’s Electric Ballroom. Tickets are available from 10:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Welsh ragga-meets-metal mainstays Skindred will tour across the UK in October 2021 alongside special guests Royal Republic. They most recently released their Big Tings album in 2018. Tickets are available now. [Find tickets]
Contemporary post-punk outfit Shame are set to play a show at London’s Electric Brixton on 22 April 2021. The band recently unveiled the new single Alphabet, their first new material single 2018’s breakthrough debut Songs Of Praise. Tickets for their London show will be available from 10:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Following their performance at the Heavy Music Awards earlier this month, The Hunna have also rescheduled their headline dates to April 2021. Original tickets remain valid, with remaining tickets available from 10:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
SIX The Musical has announced its return to the West End, set to take to London’s Lyric Theatre from 14 November 2020, and booking until 31 January 2021.
Currently set to be the first musical to re-open in London’s iconic theatre district, the rewriting of the “herstory” of Henry VIII’s six wives will adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines including temperature checking and contactless tickets.
Having made a name for itself at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, the pop musical opened at London’s Arts Theatre to critical acclaim, rapidly cementing its cult status.
Tickets will be available from 9:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Check out the musical in action on BBC’s The One Show below.
Elsewhere in the world of theatre, Whitney – Queen Of The Night has announced a series of new and rescheduled dates, touring across the UK throughout 2021. The production celebrates the music and legacy of Whitney Houston, delving into her acclaimed catalogue of pop megahits. Tickets will be available from 10:00 on Thursday 17 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Celebrating the works of living legend Tina Turner, What’s Love Got To Do With It? has also announced new and rescheduled dates, bringing her music to stages across the UK throughout the forthcoming year. Singer Elesha Paul Moses takes centre stage, backed by a full live band, performing iconic hits such as Private Dancer, Simply The Best and the title track What’s Love Got Do With It? Tickets are available from 10:00 on Thursday 17 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds has also been rescheduled to 2022, touring from 23 March until 9 April. It marks 15 years since the production first started touring across the globe. Tickets are available now. [Find tickets]
John Bishop has announced his eighth stand-up comedy tour, following a number of previously revealed warm-up dates. Right Here, Right Now tours across the UK in 2021 and 2022. Tickets are available now. [Find tickets]
TV regular Chris Ramsey has also revealed a string of headline dates from February until November 2021. Tickets to see the celebrated host and comedian will be available from 10:00 on Friday 18 September 2020. [Find tickets]
Tickets for the above and much more can be found at Ticketmaster.co.uk.