Take That pop superstar and X Factor judge Gary Barlow is bringing his solo tour to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena and we have FRONT ROW tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.
FOR A CHANCE TO WIN OUR TICKETS SEE THE STAR ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013.
He was last in the city for a sold out show at Sheffield City Hall last November and his return trip celebrates next month’s release of his first studio album in 14 years, called Since I Saw You Last.
And it’s an eggstra-special date in Sheffield - he will play on Easter Sunday, April 20.
Sheffield, also the last night of his 14-date 2014 tour, is one of four dates added due to overwhelming demand - along with Dublin, Belfast and a second show in Birmingham.
Tickets for all the added dates including Sheffield go on sale this Friday, October 18, at 9.30am.
Sheffield tickets, including booking fee, will be £60.50, £49.50 and £38.50. Buy in person at the Arena Box Office, call 0114 256 5656 or online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. Also visit www.wow247.co.uk.
New studio album, Since I Saw you Last, will be released through Polydor Records on November 25 with the first single, Let Me Go, released a week earlier, on November 17.
The 42-year-old confirmed at the weekend that he is leaving The X Factor after the current season, mentoring the groups,
His Since I Saw You Last Tour 2014 will showcase the new album and is expected to include many of his greatest hits.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our slideshow of photos, taken by Glenn Ashley, during Gary Barlow’s most recent show in Sheffield at the City Hall last November.
He featured 18 Take That songs at the City Hall last year, including Greatest Day, A Million Love Songs, The Flood, Patience, Shine and Back For Good.
He also brought on stage comedy legend Peter Kay and Sheffield’s own song king Eliot Kennedy, who he introduced as “my best friend in the world”, to perform the Take That classic they penned 20-years ago, Everything Changes. They are currently working on a musical together and other projects.
Demand for tickets was so great for his mini-tour that he he could have sold it out six times over, said show bosses.
Now he’s stepping up to arenas and selling them out as he celebrates over 20-years in the business.
Including his Take That success, he has notched up eight number one albums that have collectively sold more than 30 million copies. He has also been party to 15 chart-topping singles, sold seven million concert tickets as well as being the proud recipient of six Ivor Novello Awards.
He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British music last year following the work he has done with BBC Children In Need and the hugely successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, including chart-topping song Sing, which he recorded with Eliot.
Elaborating on his departure from The X Factor he said: “I’ve had an amazing time these past three years.
“A show like this needs to stay fresh and exciting so it’s a great opportunity for someone to come in and take the show past its incredible 10-year anniversary.
“Next year is looking to be a very busy year for me and (The X Factor) is a full-time job so it felt like the right time to hand over the baton.
“I’ve loved being a part of the show and have met and worked with some fantastic people but most importantly, more than ever, I want to go out with the winning act this year. Come on the groups!”
The Since I Saw You Last Tour 2014 will see Gary play some of the biggest venues he has ever played as a solo artist, including The O2 in London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow SSE Hydro and Manchester Phones 4U Arena. All dates that went onsale last Friday have now sold out with a few tickets left for his second London show.
His headline tour is preceded by BBC Children In Need Rocks 2013 where he will be bringing some of the biggest names from the music industry together in two concerts this November.
The concerts at London’s Eventim Apollo which will feature the likes of Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Rizzle Kicks will help to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full details.
* For your chance to win a pair of front row tickets to see Gary Barlow at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena see The Star tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16. Order your copy today.
FULL TOUR DATES AND TICKET OUTLETS FOR OTHER VENUES:
Gary Barlow’s Since I Saw Your Last Tour will start on Saturday, March 29:
Saturday 29: Belfast, Odyssey Arena – extra dated added
Monday 31: Dublin, The O2 – extra dated added
Wednesday 2: Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday 3: Leeds First Direct Arena
Saturday 5: London The O2
Sunday 6: London The O2
Tuesday 8: Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 9: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 11: Liverpool Echo Arena
Saturday 12: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Monday 14: Manchester Phones 4u Arena
Thursday 17: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Saturday 19: Birmingham LG Arena – extra dated added
Sunday 20: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena – extra dated added
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