GIG REVIEW: Ed Sheeran at the IndigO2

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE: IndigO2

WHEN: 19/2, on tour until 10/11/18 including 4 gigs at Wembley Stadium this summer

SETLIST: Castle On The Hill; Eraser; The A Team; Don’t; Dive; Bloodstream; Happier; Tenerife Sea; Galway Girl; Feeling Good; How Would You Feel?; Photograph; Perfect; Nancy Mulligan; Thinking Out Loud; Sing; Shape Of You; You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

An unforgettable gig is always about its details rather than its headlines.

  • Read on for reasons including the last time Ed played the Indig02

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GIG REVIEW: Zara Larsson

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

WHEN: 24/10, tour runs until 3/11

SETLIST: Never Forget You; Sundown; What They Say; Girls Like; Don’t Let Me Be Yours; Make That Money Girl; TG4M; I Can’t Fall In Love Without You; I Would Like; Ain’t My Fault; Only You; So Good; Symphony; Uncover; Carry You Home; Rooftop; Lush Life

We last saw Zara Larsson two years ago supporting MNEK in Heaven. Tonight she’s headlining Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo as part of her first eight-date UK tour.

  • Read on for reasons including how Zara’s popularity is set to grow

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GIG REVIEW: Ed Sheeran

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: The O2

WHEN: 2/5/17

SETLIST: Castle On The Hill; Eraser; The A Team; Don’t/New Man; Dive; Bloodstream; Happier; Galway Girl; How Would You Feel (Paen); I’m A Mess; Photograph; Perfect; Nancy Mulligan; Thinking Out Loud; Sing; Shape Of You; You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

How many of us can say that we’ve received a marriage proposal during an Ed Sheeran gig?

  • Read on for reasons including our hopes for Ed’s Glastonbury headliner set

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May

  1. We go ape for the Eurovision Song Contest

The final of the 62nd contest takes place in Kiev, Ukraine, on 13/5 at 8pm on BBC1 and the pre-contest publicity has been dominated by the host country’s banning of Russia’s entry. Check out the search box for our predictions for this year which include the contest’s most surefire winner: Occidentali’s Karma by Francesco Gabbani (pictured above).

  • Read on for reasons including Felicity Kendal, new band Lilac Lungs & a Game Of Thrones Q&A

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for March

  1. Sheena Easton debuts in 42nd Street

We’ve never seen 42nd Street but are very excited by the West End debut casting of Sheena Easton who we remember as far back in her career as 9 to 5 (see below) and her duet with Prince. Opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 20/3 and booking through July. Tickets Picture via Facebook courtesy 42nd Street.

  • Read on for reasons including Goldfrapp, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? and Marc Almond

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for September

  1. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart inhabit No Man’s Land

Our most read content of the year so far was shared by Sir Ian on his Facebook page and was a Shakespeare BFI Q&A with him in April. We’ve seen him many times filming Vicious at ITV Studios on the South Bank but never on stage in the theatre – until now and this Broadway transfer. Runs 8/9 to 17/12 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Picture via No Man’s Land. Tickets here.

  • Read on for reasons including The Fall, Billy Joel and Inside No 9

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ALBUM REVIEW: On My One by Jake Bugg

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: 17/6

TRACKLIST: On My One; Gimme The Love; Love, Hope & Misery; The Love We’re Hoping For; Put Out The Fire; Never Wanna Dance; Bitter Salt; Ain’t No Rhyme; Livin’ Up Country; All That; Hold On You.

Releasing an album the week before Glastonbury is a trick that’s worked in recent years for Ed Sheeran and Florence and the Machine.

  • Read on for details of Jake Bugg’s 2016 tour

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