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On sale this week: Nicki Minaj, Gladys Knight, Hozier, Alabama Shakes and more

Posted at 3:00 pm, December 11, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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Forget Christmas shopping, it’s you who deserves the presents, and what better gift to give yourself than the gift of live music. So reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve (possibly) done this year with tickets to one or more of the great gigs and concerts below. They go on sale tomorrow morning, so get booking and then wish yourself a very merry musical Christmas. And remember, there’s lots more live music to be found on our ‘Just announced‘ page.


The O2, Mar 28

It’s been ages since Nicki last played a headline show in London, and in that time she’s turned to acting (in ‘The Other Woman’), become an ‘American Idol’ judge, launched a fragrance range (smell like Nicki!), and got into varying degrees of controversy for two videos featuring (respectively) her bum and some definitely Nazi-esque imagery. Now she’s finally back in London to serve up her British ‘barbz’ with a triple helping of booty-quaking pop-rap. We’ve kind of missed her.

Buy tickets here at 9am

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Royal Albert Hall, Jul 01

Six years after her ‘UK Farewell Tour’ of 2009, the Motown diva returns for another crack at saying goodbye. We’ll forgive her, since she’s a bona fide soul legend, and because now a whole load more people will get the chance to hear her singing ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ live in her astonishingly unchanged voice.

Buy tickets here at 9am



Roundhouse Jun 01

Young and brooding Dublin singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne – who’s rapidly rising and starting to sell out venues astonishingly quickly – juggles folk, soul and blues.

Buy tickets here at 9am



Roundhouse, Feb 17

These Irish newcomers may not have set out to ape Coldplay’s success, but there’s certainly a Chris Martin-esque emotional catch in the vocals. Their weepy pop-rock debut ‘In a Perfect World‘ was nice enough, and we’re expecting their second record ‘Coming Up for Air’ to be just as pleasantly placid.

Buy tickets here at 9am

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Islington Assembly Hall, Feb 19

The Georgia neo-soul quartet return for more smokey old-time rock ’n’ soul, mixing up authentic and respectful R&B with what sounds like a half-secret love of The Black Keys and The White Stripes.

Buy tickets here at 10am

Also on sale tomorrow morning: Arrested Development, Electric Wizard, Rumer, Mr Scruff.

Already on sale now: Deers, Sun Ra Arkestra, Duke Special.

Check out the rest of this week’s big live music announcements here.

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