AUDIO: Meet Melanie C and win tickets to Sheffield O2 Academy - LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW

Music icon: Melanie C will perform at Sheffield O2 Academy on February 29, 2012.
Music icon: Melanie C will perform at Sheffield O2 Academy on February 29, 2012.
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SPICING up the music scene next month in Sheffield will be former Spice Girl Melanie C - who is bringing her six-date UK tour to the city which became her second home, writes Graham Walker.

We’re celebrating with backstage passes and tickets for two to be won. One runner-up will also get a pair of tickets for the Sheffield O2 Academy show on Wednesday, February 29.

Melanie will perform songs from latest album The Sea, and greatest hits.

AUDIO: Listen to Digital Editor Graham Walker’s full interview with Melanie C - CLICK HERE.

Since going solo in 1999 she’s had six top 10 singles and two number ones, Never Be The Same Again and I Turn To You, plus more than three million album sales.

Melanie, aged 37, turned on the city’s Christmas lights on the Real Radio stage in November.

She recorded the first Spice Girls album in Sheffield with producer pal Eliot Kennedy, who helped to launch her solo career with worldwide hit When You’re Gone, the duet he co-wrote with Canadian rock superstar friend Bryan Adams.

Her first ever solo concert was at The Leadmill.

“I’ve lots of history with the city and many special memories. It’s always good to be back and it’s going to be a wonderful night.

“We’re bringing a great show, with a fantastic band and wonderful backing singers,” she told The Star.

Tickets are £15, subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call 0844 477 2000, visit o2academysheffield.co.uk, arenaticketshop.co.uk, gigsandtours.com or call 0844 811 0051.

Visit her official site at melaniec.net and follow her on Twitter at @MelanieCmusic.

* Enter our free draw - first name out gets the meet and greet. Email your name and contact details with Melanie C Competition in the subject bar to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk by Friday, February 3, 2012, 10am. Usual SNL rules.

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