The biggest gigs and concerts to look forward to in Manchester in 2020

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Some of the world’s biggest singers and bands are heading to the Manchester in 2020, including Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, The Who and Stormzy.

Even Diana Ross is stopping off in the city following her appearance at Glastonbury.

Here’s a round-up of the best concerts and gigs to look out for.

Jonas Brothers

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The Grammy-nominated Jonas Brothers bring their Happiness Begins tour to Manchester Arena on 6th February. No doubt they’ll be mixing fan favourites with songs from their latest album Happiness Begins, their first album in a decade.

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James Blunt

The former military man known for the best clapbacks on social media returns to Manchester Arena on 15th February to support his new album Once Upon A Mind. It’ll be the first time the singer-songwriter has played in the city in six years, with his memorable ballads an apt fit for Valentine’s weekend. 

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Goo Goo Dolls

With more than three decades together as a band and over 12 million albums sold, four-time Grammy-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls will be playing the Albert Hall on 21st February.

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Example

The singer, rapper and producer is heading out on a UK and Ireland tour in February and March 2020, appearing at Manchester Academy on 22nd February. It will be Example’s first live tour in six years and set to be a huge celebration of all his biggest hits and new tracks. 

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The Who

Following their return to Wembley Stadium in the summer, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who are coming to Manchester Arena on 16th March to showcase their new studio album, WHO, their first in 13 years.

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Stereophonics

The Welsh rock stars play Manchester Arena on 13th March as part of a 12-date UK tour. This was announced shortly before their latest album Kind was released in October. Expect new tracks as well as the older anthemic tunes from Kelly Jones and the band.

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Jamie Callum

Jamie Callum will appear at Bridgewater Hall on 25th March as part of a 12-date UK tour to showcase his newest album Taller. The jazz singer and musician said he’ll draw on the new songs, but will be reinventing plenty of old ones, too.

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Louis Tomlinson

As part of his first world tour, the former One Direction singer and X Factor judge will be appearing at Manchester’s 02 Apollo on 28th March, shortly after the release of his debut album Walls at the end of January.

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Harry Styles

Another One Director alumnus, Harry Styles, is also flying solo these days and heads to Manchester Arena on 25th April as part of his Love On Tour world tour in support of new album Fine Line. Rising pop star King Princess is set to support him on the European leg.

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Dua Lipa

In just a few short years, Dua Lipa has confirmed her global superstar status with a world tour. Her new Future Nostalgia tour, named in honour of her second album, will be stopping off at Manchester Arena on 1st June with plenty of pop and ‘modern electric production.’

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Camila Cabello

Chart-topper Camila Cabello is making her way to Manchester Arena on 4th June as part of The Romance Tour. Formerly of girl group Fifth Harmony, who won the American X Factor back in 2012, the Cuban-born singer has achieved huge solo success with singles Senorita, Never Be the Same and Havana.

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Queen + Adam Lambert

Described as a ‘mega show’, Queen and Adam Lambert (who ably steps into the late Freddie Mercury’s shoes) will bring their brand-new Rhapsody concert to Manchester Arena on 11th and 12th June. It’s their first European tour since the release of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Thom Yorke

The lead singer of Radiohead embarks on the UK portion of the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour, comprised of Thom, Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. They’ll be performing Thom’s work, including The Eraser, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and Suspiria at Victoria Warehouse on 20th June.

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Diana Ross

Following her planned appearance at Glastonbury in Sunday’s ‘Legend’ slot, Diana Ross will be taking to the stage in suitably dramatic fashion at Manchester Arena on 3rd and 19th July as part of her Top of the World tour. 

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Aerosmith

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Fresh from their Las Vegas residency, the American rock legends are embarking on a European tour in 2020, which includes Manchester Arena, one of only two UK dates, on 18th July, in a year that marks their 50th anniversary.

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Billie Eilish

Officially the first artist born this millennium to achieve both a No. 1 album and single, Billie has amassed more that 17-billion combined global streams to date and in 2020, the teenager brings her Where Do We Go? world tour to Manchester Arena on 21st and 22nd July.

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Celine Dion

It’s over 20 years since that Titanic song, but Celine Dion’s still enjoying immense success. There was such demand for tickets when the UK leg of her Courage World Tour was announced, a second date was added. She’ll now be appearing at Manchester Arena on  4th and 5th September.

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Stormzy

Grime star Stormzy is embarking on his H.I.T.H world tour in 2020 in support of his second album Heavy is the Head and will play Manchester Arena on 17th September, three years after he appeared at Manchester Academy and Parklife.

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Elton John

If you enjoyed Taron Egerton’s depiction of Elton John in the Rocketman, then be sure to see the man for real when he returns to Manchester Arena on 17th and 28th November with his phenomenal Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

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