CRITICAL LIST: March’s Midlands Must Sees
We’ve rounded up our top picks of events across Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Leicester this month!
1st March @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Fatboy Slim is aiming to create the UK’s biggest dance floors turning our favourite arenas into unique night club experiences. Imagine something unusual and completely different. Expect a big production, a revolving stage, rave ushers and a live smiley face experience.
smirnoff big night out: dj charlsey
2nd March @ pryzm nottingham
8th March @ o2 academy Leicester
Grime MC, Fredo, has announced the details of his highly anticipated debut album Third Avenue, and to celebrate he’s headed out on a full UK tour.
2nd March @ O2 Institute Birmingham
The world’s favourite new pop star, Billie Eilish returns to the UK for her biggest headline shows to date. The madly talented 16 year-old is set to treat fans to songs from her don’t smile at me EP, alongside more recent singles such as ‘you should see me in a crown’.
3rd March @ Nottingham Playhouse
Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society. In this tour show she showcases some of her best bits, from her trademark comic anthems, to her all-too relatable, bittersweet stand-up, alongside brand new material looking at the insane events of this year.
3rd March @ glee club birmingham
One of the Edinburgh Fringe’s most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour. John-Luke Roberts’ show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the most talked-about shows of the festival: a dizzying avant-garde ride through the mind of a gifted comic-philosopher.
The Girl on the Train
4th – 9th March @ Curve Theatre, Leicester
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
5th March @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Rising UK stars Ward Thomas (24 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy), release their jubilant new single Never Know on all platforms from today, taken from their eagerly anticipated forthcoming album Restless Minds out February 1 on WTW Music/Sony Music.
6th March @ Rock City Nottingham
Indie pop outfit Lany head to Rock City as part of their Malibu State World Tour!
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
8th March @ Rock City Nottingham
The eternally awesome Fun Lovin’ Criminals head to Rock City to celebrate their new album ‘Another Mimosa’!
Jack & jack
8th March @ o2 Institute Birmingham
The meteoric rise of pop phenomenon Jack & Jack hinges on the lifelong friendship of Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, a friendship that translates to the undeniable chemistry at the heart of their music. Gold-certified singles, sold out tours and a global smash with Jonas Blue have launched the duo into a world where 25 million people follow them on social media and they’ve become one of the biggest mainstream breakouts of the decade. Now, they’re heading for the UK as part of their A Good Friend Is Nice Tour, and you’re all invited.
9th March @ Birmingham Hippodrome
Cave takes her critically acclaimed blend of confessional comedy and DIY performance art out on tour.
9th March @ o2 academy leicester
It’s part of the bands’ biggest ever tour across the UK and Europe, but we’re excepting really special things from the Leicester date as it’s a homecoming for 2 Lorna and Max of the band who are from Leicester and very excited about the homecoming.
11th March – 23rd March @ Birmingham Hippodrome
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
12th March @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
17th March @ Resorts World Arena Birmingham
George Ezra continues his phenomenal ascent with the announcement of his first ever headline arena tour.
13th March – 17th March @ Curve Theatre, Leicester
The spectacular Cirque Berserk returns with all your favourite acts and now includes some thrilling new ones, all created especially for the theatre.
14th March @ Arena Birmingham
Global hip-hop icon NICKI MINAJ has announced new details for her highly anticipated world tour and will head to Birmingham in March.
telephone disco – jungle boogie
14th March @ 2 funky music cafe
Telephone Disco playing the best in authentic boogie through Disco, Soul and Funk from rare gems to the big sing-alongs.
19th March @ Rock City Nottingham
28th March @ o2 Academy Birmingham
As only one of a handful of British guitar bands to achieve a top 10 album in 2018 with their fifth studio album Rituals, UK 5-piece Deaf Havana can today announce a full European headline tour for 2019.
14th March at o2 Institute Birmingham
20th March at Rescue Rooms NOTTINGHAM
Becky Hill is finally ready to step into her own spotlight. After a handful of hugely successful collaborations – with the likes of Wilkinson, Rudimental, Matoma and MK – she now finds herself a bona fide solo artist, front and centre of her own music. But it’s been a “long old slog” to get here.
Edmond De Bergerac
15th – 30th March @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Meet the man behind the nose! Inspired by the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond De Bergerac took France by storm and now makes its English-language premiere at The REP.
21st March @ O2 Institute Birmingham
22nd March @ Rock City Nottingham
MOBO-nominated street star, AJ Tracey will cement his place as one of the UK’s premiere grime exports with his biggest headline tour to date.
20th March @ Town Hall, Birmingham
22nd March @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter KT Tunstall is touring for the first time with an all-female band.
22nd March @ O2 Institute Birmingham
Soul-pop singer, Nao is back with her refreshing, bold and experimental new album, Saturn, and she’ll be taking it on the road to showcase its power and positivity.
No Such Thing As A Fish
23rd March @ Town Hall Birmingham
The team behind multiple award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish are hitting the road again in Spring 2019, with their brand new show, ‘In No Particular Order’.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
5th March – 9th March @ Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
26th – 30th March @ Curve Theatre, Leicester
Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest fast and fabulous comedy caper, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
Noughts & Crosses
26th – 30th March @ Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating story of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
26th & 27th March @ Birmingham Hippodrome
Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with an exuberant new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of The Beatles’ ground-breaking album.
26th March @ Curve Theatre, Leicester
SHUT DOWN explores the spectrum of modern day masculinity and investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man. Vincent Dance Theatre’s first ever all male production is timely, humorous and highly charged ‘political and poetic dance theatre’ (London Dance), from Charlotte Vincent, one of the UK’s most risk-taking and rigorous choreographers.
26th – 18th march @ Resorts World Arena Birmingham
Platinum selling, chart dominating powerhouse Drake announces the ‘ASSASSINATION VACATION TOUR’ with support from fellow Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter Tory Lanez. Fresh off the back of his sell out U.S tour, Drake will be heading to Resorts World Arena for 3 MASSIVE dates this March!
27th March @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham
30th March @ o2 academy Leicester
4th March @ o2 Institute Birmingham
Hotly-tipped Leicester five-piece Easy Life have announced details of a new headline tour having recently capped a breakthrough twelve months with their TV debut on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’
27th March @ o2 Institute Birmingham
Rising singer and BBC Sound of 2019 nominee, Grace Carter, is taking her honest and raw sound on the road to showcase why she’s one of the UK’s brightest stars.
7th March @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham
28th March @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t.
29th March @ Resorts World Arena Birmingham
Busted have grown-up without growing old with their fourth album ‘Half Way There’ which will be released on February 8th. It finds the trio returning to their hyperactive pop-punk sound for the first time since 2003’s all-conquering, multi-Platinum album ‘A Present For Everyone’.
29th March @ glee club birmingham
Direct from a standing room only season at Edinburgh Fringe and a critically acclaimed tour of Australia, the world’s premier nerd-culture double-act, The Just Us League, present ‘MARVELus 2018’, the show that squeezes all the Marvel movies (kind of). into one action-packed hour of comedy.
WillNE & Stephen
30th March @ Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
For the first time ever, YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK. Comedians, commentators and p**s-takers of the internet, sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men. Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers and 355 million views making them two of the fastest growing channels in the UK.
30th March @ o2 Institute Birmingham
James Morrison is one of the biggest success stories of his era and now he’s starting an exciting new chapter in his career with his new album, You’re Stronger Than You Know. To celebrate its release, he’ll also be embarking on his first full UK tour in three years, where he’ll perform much of his new material, alongside some longstanding fan favourites.