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Thursday, 16 February 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with Emily Middlemass!

The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with Emily Middlemass

GigsandTours again had the chance to catch up with another star of the X Factor 2016...  Emily Middlemass - Who was a more than worthy finalist at The X Factor 2016!

At the young age of 15 years old when she auditioned for X factor, she has matured and become a "One to Watch" according too Simon Cowell! We had the privilege of catching up with her ahead of the X Factor LIVE tour... starting in less than 1 week! Emily talked to us about her unforgettable X Factor experience and gave some advice for any budding music stars!

The X Factor Live tour in February + March THIS year!


You can Grab your tickets for the tour..... here !



How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?
It was crazy. It's everything you could ever imagine and more. Looking back on it all is just so surreal. I still question myself like, did I actually do that? Has this all just happened? My head is STILL in the clouds....The first day I moved into The X Factor house was my 18th birthday and it's a birthday I will never forget. I will be honest, it was hard at some points, I really had to put my absolute everything into it and work harder than I had ever worked in my life. But, anything blood sweat and tears was worth it, the outcome of performing on that stage every Saturday night is honestly THE BEST feeling I have ever experienced. There is nothing that beats the feeling of being on a stage and performing to people. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone some weeks and then discovering things I didn't know I was capable of. I found myself.
What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?
The best, yet the most simple piece of advice I had was from my dad. He wrote it on a little bit of paper I put up in my room and he told me this every single day and it is to 'never give up'. 3 simple but the most effective words. DO NOT give up on your dreams.
Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?
I actually do miss Simon. We had this bond that was special- I think it’s because we think so alike. Simon said I can give him a call anytime I like, in my own time.
What have you been up to since the show finished?
I have been writing lots and been in the studio recording some of my music. I have been rehearsing for the tour lots, its going to be an amazing show, I am super super excited about it.
What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?
It has got to be performing in front of and meeting the people who voted for me and made my dreams come true. I can't wait to see everyone personally and thank them for supporting me throughout this crazy journey.
What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?
There is going to be lots of surprises on the tour. I can’t give too many clues away BUT I am super excited for especially one of them! I will have more of a chance to connect and talk to the audience more. I love getting to know the crowd and getting them all on their feet to sing along. I LOVE live performances, they give me goosebumps listening to the crowd!
What will you be doing once the tour has finished?
I am hoping to be releasing a single after tour. I want my single to be something that people can connect with. And then an album following with lots of different types of songs with lots of personal experiences in them, just to let the people who support me get to know me better.


Monday, 13 February 2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Award's 2017 - The WINNERS!

The 59th Annual Grammy Award's 2017 - The WINNERS!


Its awards season, and the biggest WORLDWIDE award ceremony of the music calendar took place last night (12th February 2017). Last night was full of many performances from the likes of Adele + Beyoncé, whilst also a huge list of talented musical icons taking home awards! In this blog we will have a look at the big winners, and possibly winners that you can go and see LIVE through Gigs+Tours.com!


Adele



She has had a Monumental year of success, her album was a number 1 worldwide and she took home a record breaking 5 GRAMMY AWARDS last night, including best song and best album. She has also recently toured the world, and its safe to say that her status as one of the biggest female artists in the world has been cemented and set in stone!

Beyoncé



She has had as very busy few weeks since announcing she is expecting twins, and to cap a week of madness, she has also claimed a hat trick of awards at the Grammys last night, including the 'Best Urban Contemporary Album award' for her album "Lemonade".

Chance the Rapper


You cannot beat Chance when it comes to being excited and dull of energy when he won his 3 GRAMMY AWARDS! This man is on fire off the back of his UK Tour visiting London and Manchester, he is storming into being a huge prospect for 2017 and beyond!

Drake



Grab tickets to his UK leg of his Worldwide tour - here !


He is currently sailing around the UK on his tour "The Boy Meets world Tour", so wasn't at the Grammy Awards last night, yet he did take away 2 awards for his outstanding 2016. He is the King of Rap right now, and if your lucky you may be able to catch some tickets to his near-to-finishing UK tour - here !

The Chainsmokers






Grab tickets to their UK tour dates.... HERE !


These Boys have experienced success over this year at the rate of knots, and they deservedly took home a Grammy to represent this, winning the 'Dance Recording Award' for there song "Don't Let me Down". The Chainsmokers are a duo that are going from strength to strength, and with shows coming up at the LONDON ROUNDHOUSE in February THIS year, do not miss out on grabbing tickets as the 3 shows in London they are playing are selling out... FAST! Tickets.... HERE !



Fantastic Negrito


Grab tickets to his ONLY UK show in London.... HERE !

Fantastic Negrito achieved huge success at the Grammys as he won his first Grammy of his career at the age of 49. he has continued to make great songs, and winning the 'Contemporary Blues Album' award for his album "The Last Days of Oakland" proves his superiority in the genre of blues music. He is doing a One off show at the Oslo in London, and tickets are on sale fore the show on February 21st.... HERE

Other winners from Last Night...


Cage The Elephant - WINNER of 'Best Rock Album' for
“Tell Me I’m Pretty”.



Maren Morris - WINNER of 'Best Country Solo Performance' for “My Church”
Catch her at Country2Country festival in March at The O2 in London! Tickets HERE !






Sturgill Simpson - WINNER of 'Best Country Album' for

“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”





Pentatonix (Feat Dolly Parton) - Country Duo/Group Performance for Jolene”






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The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with 5 AFTER MIDNIGHT!


The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with 5 AFTER MIDNIGHT


GigsandTours again had the chance to catch up with 5 After Midnight - Who finished in 3rd Place @X Factor 2016!
They told us all about The X Factor experience + staying true to yourself when on such a huge TV+music platform being on a show like the size of the X Factor!
The X Factor Live tour in February + March THIS year!
You can Grab your tickets for the tour..... here !

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?


Kieran - It was incredible! Such a big learning curve for me and I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to do it!
Nathan - Unlike anything I've ever done before, it was intense work but immensely fun!
Jordan - It was a crazy but amazing experience – it made me especially happy knowing that I was making my family proud
What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?
Kieran - Be true to who you are! That was the best piece of advice given to me because so many people in the world will try to be something they're not.
Nathan - I think the best advice was to always "be yourself" and to "have fun" with every performance.
Jordan - I've learnt that not everyone can do everything in a group; you all have different qualities about you that come together and make the group what it is. 
Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?
Kieran - Yes I had so many jokes with Louis I miss that, I've spoken to him a few times over the holiday :)
Nathan - Yeah I definitely miss Louis, there's no one like him – we’ve been messaging here and there for sure.
Jordan - Yeah 100 percent miss my mentor! I have been in touch with him, he told me he's living the life in Dublin!!
What have you been up to since the show finished?
Kieran - I've been getting tour ready... I've been going to the gym, working on vocals, dance moves and tricks! And seeing family too.
Nathan - Catching up with friends & family, and working on some new music!
Jordan - We’ve been signed to Syco and been performing gigs around the UK!
What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?
Kieran - Just going around the country seeing everyone that has supported through the show and proving why they were right to support us.
Nathan - Performing live & catching up with all the other contestants.
Jordan - Just seeing everyone, being with them again and doing what I love to do best – sing, dance and perform
What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?
Kieran - They will see what we were on the show but enhanced so fun, upbeat and smiles x2
Nathan - Well, not giving too much away…but all the venues are arenas so we've got a lot of space to work with. We're gunna do something huge.
Jordan - We will be giving it our heart and soul – they can expect to see a unique group made with passion for what we do.  They’ll be dancing, singing and maybe some explosions too!
What will you be doing once the tour has finished?
Kieran - Working on getting into the music industry properly and dropping our first single.
Nathan - Focus on our recently announced forthcoming album!
Jordan - Working hard with 5 After Midnight and the label, focusing on our debut single/album.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valentines Day Inspiration

Needing some Valentines Day ideas? 

Here is some gigs to go to on/around Valentine’s day AND future gig tickets you can treat your other half to!


If you have someone special to impress this Valentines Day (14th February in case you had forgotten!), then here is a great guide of some of the best gigs taking place to help you make your Valentines Day, a SPECIAL Day.....




UNA HEALEY




– ST PANCRA OLD CHURCH, LONDON (Wed 15 FEB) Tickets here!





LeANN RIMES


– COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL (Thurs 16th Feb) Tickets here!




MiC LOWRY

– O2 ABC GLASGOW (Thurs 16th Feb) Tickets here!




LOYLE CARNER


– LONDON SHEPHERD BUSH EMPIRE (Fri 17 FEB) Tickets here !
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BUT...

We at Gigs and Tours thought we'd help you come up with gift ideas.

 Cue the gig tickets


Kings Of Leon

Their tour in February may be SOLD OUT -  But they have newly announced dates in June in SHEFFIELD + MANCHESTER that would be a perfect gift for a loved one! click.... HERE!


Diversity


Why not make it a family day out? Diversity are back on tour in 2017! Tickets for all shows in April..... HERE!

Idina Menzel

Why not go and watch the Tony Award-winning superstar this June? Tickets HERE 


Rhys Lewis

The new man on the block, with a great voice and a huge backing - get tickets to his London show in March..... HERE!


Beverley Knight


She is a legend in Music, and you have the chance to see her on tour THIS June! Definitely NOT one to miss!
Tickets... HERE


Mrs Browns Boys
Maybe, a show that will make you both laugh? Mrs Browns Boys will be touring throughout the whole of 2017!! Tickets HERE

Billy Ocean
Treat that special someone to a night they’ll never forget this Valentines 😍 Tickets for Billy Ocean live – The Best of Tour are on sale now HERE.



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Monday, 6 February 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with SAARA ALTO!


The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with SAARA ALTO!

Gigs+Tours once again had the chance to catch up with Saara Alto who was 2nd and a Finalist in the X Factor 2016!
She told us all about what she would give us advice for any budding singers, the experience of being on the UK's biggest talent show and her excitement for the X Factor tour!
The X Factor Live tour in February + March THIS year!
You can Grab your tickets for the tour..... here !

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?
I loved the X Factor so much. I was able to do shows I had wanted to do my whole life. The whole team were the best in the world and I was honoured to work with them. I felt like I could really show who I was as a performer and I enjoyed the big production numbers. It was also life changing in other ways, I moved to Britain, learnt about British culture and also I immediately felt like this was my home. I'm so grateful I was brave enough to take a chance and audition for the X Factor.
What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?
The best advice was from Sharon Osbourne "Don't be polite on stage" .I was also told from the music team "You have to always show everything you have inside of you, don't be only half of what you are, be what you truly are"
Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?
I’ve been sending some text messages with Sharon and she has asked me how I've been doing after the show. She also sent me a beautiful "Happy New Year" e-card :D
What have you been up to since the show finished?
I’ve been super busy and haven't had a day off! I went to Finland for Christmas and had so many concerts, interviews and meetings there. The whole of Finland watched the X Factor and everybody wanted to see me after the show which was amazing. I’ve now moved to London and I'm in the studio writing songs and also performing all over the country.
What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?
I can't wait to do big shows again and perform in front of thousands of people! It's going to be so much fun to sing without the fear of leaving the show!  I can just be together with the other contestants and enjoy performing.
What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?
They are definitely going to see a lot from me! Big performances but also stripped down ballads. There will be amazing outfits and good energy.
What will you be doing once the tour has finished?
After the tour has finished I'm concentrating on my own arena concert in Finland in April. It's already sold out with 13,000 people attending! It’s going to be so exciting and needs lots of work and planning! After this I will be back in the studio working on new songs :)


Thursday, 2 February 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with MATT TERRY!


The X Factor Live Tour 2017 - Q+A with MATT TERRY!

GigsandTours had the chance to catch up with Matt Terry, the winner of the X factor 2016! He told us all about what he is looking forward to most for the X Factor Live tour in February + March THIS year!

You can Grab your tickets for the tour..... here!


How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

My experience on this show, has been the best of my entire life. It’s something I have always wanted to do ever since I can remember but I never felt ready for it until now. I’m so glad I was brave enough to go ahead and audition.. my entire world has changed!!

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

Nicole and my vocal coach Iain both taught me so much when it comes to music. I learnt how to feel and mean what I was singing about. Singing is fun and makes you feel incredible but I’ve learnt it’s so much more than that. I’ve have learnt how to tell a story through music.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

I really miss Nicole, she’s my big sis! We speak often and I can’t wait to be reunited with her!!

What have you been up to since the show finished?

I have been spending time with my friends and family and … I can’t believe I’m saying this.. WRITING MY ALBUM!

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

Definitely being reunited with my X Factor family, we all grew very close over our journey together, I know we are in for a whole lot of fun!!!

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

All of the stand out performances from all of us! It’s gonna be a brilliant show!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

Studio studio studio!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WILD LIFE 2017 IS COMING..... The acts announced so far are...

WILDLIFE 2017 IS COMING - HERE IS A PREVIEW OF ACTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR...

With excitement for WILD LIFE Festival well and truly building..... the June 2017 festival in Brighton is set to be one of the biggest festivals of the summer, and certainly one of the best line ups in the Brighton festivals short 3 year history. The acts announced thus far already give a clear indication that this year is the year for BIG names at the festival... and here is a closer look at the acts announced thus far...


Jess Glynne
Jess will be returning to the festival again after her last appearance in 2015. she has since gone from strength to strength as she has had a huge Arena tour, and also had a number 1 album and 5 UK number 1 singles, its safe to say she was one of the UK's biggest female artists of 2016. 

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy slim is home! The South England man is returning to his home town to headline WILD LIFE, and to show everyone how to have a great, mad and truly wild time! He has hinted a new single in 2017, and after conducting his Ibiza residency in the summer of 2016, you can expect him to use his class and produce a DJ master class of a performance.

George Ezra

we may have not heard much new from George since his album in 2014, yet that doesn't take away his quality! his unique and effortless voice and vocals gives his such individuality that we are sure to be in awe of when he takes to the WILD LIFE stage!


Rag'n'Bone Man

The Brits Critics choice award winner for 2017, a huge single with "Human", and the new album on the way... this man is a machine! He has performed at WILD LIFE before, and being from just up the road from Brighton, in Uckfield, its sure to be a special and meaningful performance at WILD LIFE.

Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz is a legend in the dance industry. He has influenced many DJ's of today, yet none of them will be able to match the show he creates, with huge light effects, lasers and video graphics. he is currently travelling the world playing in Australia and the USA, and we are lucky enough top have him in Brighton in June!

Andy C

From one to DJ to another. both legends, and Andy C is one catch that WILD LIFE are super ecstatic about. He has played WLD LIFE 2016, and WILD LIFE is delighted to be able to welcome him back into the WILD LIFE family for 2017, when he will replicate last years smash set.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is as good as you can get, stunning voice, great stage presence. Chaka is an American singer whose career has spanned five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the front woman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. But now she runs a powerful solo show that is fun from start to end.

Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson is certainly a star to watch into 2017. She is only 19, yet she certainly performs like she has been doing it for many years. Her singles 'aint my fault' and the new single 'too good' are flying in the charts, and her UK fan base will only add to the buzz generated for her performance at WILD LIFE 2017!

Elrow presents... Sambodromo do Brasil

Elrow is a new phenomenon for the Uk, but its hit the UK now, and its HUGE. They're a massive escape-valve for the seriousness of life. A jam-packed roller-coaster of pure smiles running wild. Elrow now have more than 20 theme rocking shows... and Sambodromo do Brasil is set to be a mind boggling party for all...

Mura Masa

Mura Masa is a British electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. In 2016 he had notable hits with A$AP Rocky for the song 'Love$ick' and also 'Firefly ft Nao'. this man is hugely tipped for big things in 2017, and we are delighted that he will grace the WILD LIFE 2017 stage.

Wiley

And finally..... its Wiley. The 'Godfather of British Grime' is coming to WILD LIFE, and his addition to the line up poses a potentially huge set, full of old time grime classics by Wiley and new tracks from his album 'Godfather'. The Grime superstar is a national treasure in grime terms, and its a certainty that he will turn up in style with strong beats, and raw lyrics.

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