You’re on a comedown after the highs of your graduation, or from attending graduation ceremonies for your nearest and dearest, how do you get that high back? By going to see some awesome live acts, of course! This Week in Live brings back a few blasts from the past in the form of some golden oldies, as well as a couple of newer acts to sink your teeth into.
Monday 20th July
The Felice Brothers: New York-based rock folk/rock country group The Felice Brothers will be at the Oran Mor in Glasgow. If you’re into the whole laid-back country feel, this five-piece could most definitely be for you. Their eighth studio album, Celebration, Florida, was their most successful record to date, peaking at number five in the Billboard 200 chart. The band sold out The Garage in London last week, so expect a good turn out and to have a lovely chilled evening if you go. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £17.50.
Tuesday 21st July
The Drums: Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, better known as The Drums, will be hitting London’s KOKO for a night full of their indie rock hits. The two-piece from Brooklyn formed The Drums back in 2008 and only a few months after playing their first gig in spring of 2009, they were shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2010, eventually finishing in the top five. They have since gone on to release three studio albums, with the most recent coming in the form of Encyclopedia, which was released in September last year. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £17.50.
Wednesday 22nd July
Lionel Richie: Legendary Alabama-born singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will be bringing his catalogue of hits to Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The 66-year old started off his career in Motown group The Commodores in 1968 who were initially a support act for The Jackson 5. Ritchie’s successful solo career didn’t start until 1982, but has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most successful artists of all-time with hits such as ‘Dancing On the Ceiling’ and ‘All Night Long’. Edinburgh, get ready. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced between £50-£65.
Thursday 23rd July
George Benson: Ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter George Benson will be heading to the south coast to play at the Brighton Dome. Benson first drew attention in the 60’s playing in jazz scene before moving onto a successful solo career which has lead to a triple-platinum album, numerous number ones and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To date he has released 36 studio albums. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £65.
Friday 24th July
UB40: Perhaps best known for their cover of the Neil Diamond hit ‘Red Red Wine’, UB40 will be bringing that plus all of their other biggest hits to Mitchell Park. The band were formed back in 1978 and are named after the Unemployment Benefit, Form 40 which was the signing-on document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit from the UK government. The group have since established a very successful career after their humble beginnings in Birmingham and are sure to draw a big crowd! Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £28.50.
Saturday 25th July
Boyzone: Probably your mum’s favourite boyband from the 90’s, Irish group Boyzone will be playing at the picturesque Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The group have had 21 singles hit the top 40 in the UK charts, of which six have reached number one, including ‘No Matter What’, ‘When the Going Gets Tough’, and ‘All That I Need’. The group went on a hiatus between 2001-2007 before getting back together for the Back Again… No Matter What Tour in 2008. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced between £40-£45.
Sunday 26th July
Union J: Former X Factor contestants Union J will be heading to the Millennium Square in Leeds after finishing up supporting The Vamps on their headline UK and Ireland arena tour in April and May. The boyband have released two studio albums to date, with the most recent coming last year in the form of You Got It All – The Album. The title track from the album was the highest performing single for the band so far, peaking at number two in the UK singles charts. Venue and ticket information can be found via this link, with tickets priced at £27.