Things to Know and Love for 2016: Gigs To Know About



2015 was the year of the spectacle show. Musicians began to realise that fans want more for their money, which translated as bigger bucks on props and light effects. One gig that stood out in 2015  was the Years & Years show with a visually spectacular light show to match their up beat pop.

We’ve put together a list of the shows you’ll want to see in 2016.  

1 // FOALS

This Oxford-graduate four-piece released their debut album in 2008 and they’ve since evolved into one of the best alternative rock bands that the UK has to offer. A great fit for Wembley Arena , the show on February 16th promises to be one massive party. They are a fearsome live act, so definitely get tickets.

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Hello? Yes, she’s back but you’d have had to be on the moon not to notice. The UK’s finest songstress has returned from a four-year hiatus with a new album ’25’. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself crying on the shoulder of the person standing next to you if you manage to get tickets to any one of Adele’s eight shows at London’s O2 Arena.

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3. THE 1975

This band may have already featured on a previous post, but their UK tour, which starts just after their album release at the end of February, could prove to be more visually spectacular than the Years & Years show. Working with their lighting director, Darren Purves, this promises to be a show that dazzles with some spectacular beams as seen in their previous shows.

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It’s been three years since Grimes last toured the UK, so levels of anticipation for her new show to arrive here in March are high. Last November she released ‘Art Angels’, the follow-up to her hugely successful ‘Visions – LP’, and the Canadian electropop singer is likely to have a few tricks up her sleeve for her show at the O2 Academy in Brixton on March 10th. If you haven’t heard of her, that’s all the more reason to want to see this show.

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Like The 1975, Rihanna has already appeared in a previous article, but this Bajan-star can do no wrong, and her first tour in the UK for three years is sure to be as much of a party as her 2013 ‘Diamonds’ world tour was. Expect glitter, guest stars and a whole lot of twerking when she performs at Wembley Stadium for one night only on Friday 24th June this year. If you haven’t got tickets, get them, get them now!

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