Multi BRIT and MOBO Award winning boy band JLS today announce the full list of rescheduled shows for their eagerly awaited Beat Again UK and Ireland tour, in line with the latest government guidelines. The revised tour dates are also released alongside news that JB, Aston, Marvin and Oritsé will return with new music later this year, having signed a deal with BMG Records.
Both the tour and record deal mark a new era for JLS as 2021 sees them embark on a 28 date run, as well as returning with their first new music in 8 years. Speaking of their new record deal the band said, “After 8 years it feels great to sign a new record deal with BMG. For us, music is the core of everything we do and we are so excited to bring new music to the world again.” As part of their new record deal, JLS will work to modernise their familiar R&B pop sound, leaning on new musical influences whilst ensuring that the essence and DNA of their music and style remains present.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and the government measures implemented to limit its spread, the JLS June/July 2021 shows have been postponed. The rearranged dates will instead take place in October/November 2021. Ticket holders are advised to keep their existing tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates. Please refer to the JLS website and social media for further statements. The new tour dates will see JLS kickstart the Beat Again tour on Wednesday 20th October at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro before closing in Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena on Saturday 27th November.
New Belfast & Dublin Dates Announced
Sun 14 Nov 2021 – Belfast SSE Arena
Mon 15 Nov 2021 – Dublin 3Arena
NHS Tribute Finale Show
The last date of the tour will encompass both an evening show, as well as a free, NHS matinee performance that has been arranged for all NHS frontline staff and primary care workers, as a personal thanks from the band to the national health service, for their admirable and continued efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Beat Again tour is an opportunity for JLS fans across the UK and Ireland to come together to enjoy the instantly recognisable pop hits, which soundtracked the British charts for seven years running – as well as a chance to experience some of their new music live and in an arena setting. Collectively, JLS have amassed five Number One singles with their undeniable chart hits ‘Beat Again’, ‘Everybody In Love’, ‘The Club Is Alive’, ‘Love You More’ and ‘She Makes Me Wanna’. They have also sold over six million records and four multi-platinum albums and their self-titled debut went straight to number one and has since sold over a million copies in the UK.
James Arthur Announces Headline Belfast Show
James Arthur today delights fans by announcing tours of both UK & Ireland and North America in 2022.
The tour includes dates at Ulster Hall on 28th March and Olympia Theatre on 29th March.
Today’s announcement lands on a special day – the fifth anniversary of the release of James’s global smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.
James will be performing songs from his upcoming new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’ alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites.
James says: “I’m beyond happy about getting back on the road and seeing everyone again. Playing shows for my fans gives me life and that’s been taken away for the best part of two years so needless to say I’m itching to get back out there and perform for them again. Coming to a stage near you soon!”
James has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums ‘James Arthur’ (UK No.2), ‘Back From The Edge’ (UK No.1) and ‘YOU’ (UK No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles. He has had two No.1 smash hits and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, the No.1 global hit that brought the singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough back from the edge (it currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform). James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his storming collaboration with Sigala ‘Lasting Lover’. The track was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.
James recently signed a new record deal in the UK with Columbia Records, a co-deal with Columbia Records Germany, and announced his new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’, his 4th long play release, is coming later this year.
Foy Vance Set For SSE Arena Concert
Singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce his largest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 02nd April 2022. Foy’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild Swan, Signs Of Life will be released on September 10 on CD, LP and digital formats and is available to pre-order.
Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.
“I had my first extended period off the road after twenty years of constant touring,” says Vance. “And I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day. I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. So I realised: I have so many incredibly bad habits here. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more…I hit a wall.”
“It was my manager that made me get help,” Vance continues. “And in those moments, you do wish time would stand still. Can’t I just stop here and sit in this moment before I have to take up that mantle?”
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.
“When I was around 14 years-old I wandered into a coffee shop in Belfast and saw Foy playing in the corner,” Dunlop explains. “I was completely spellbound by what I heard. It was a lightbulb moment that sent me on the road of wanting to discover my own voice and musicality. I would never have imagined that I would be co-producing a record with him 18 years later, and that I would be just as inspired and spellbound by what he does.”
Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.
“They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”
At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”