CRITICAL LIST: January’s Midlands Must Sees

New Year, new experiences and memories for you to make and we’ve rounded up our top picks of events across the Midlands this January so you can start 2019 the right way!

ella mai
8th january @ o2 institute birmingham

Rapidly rising R&B starlet Ella Mai has had a phenomenal year so far, working with John Legend and Chris Brown on her critically acclaimed debut album, alongside breaking a chart record in the US. Now, she’s set for The Debut Tour, which will see her travel across the globe and continue her path to domination.

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Enter Shikari
11th January @ Rock City Nottingham
13th january @ o2 academy leicester

The soaring career of Enter Shikari continues, as they gear up for their longest headline run to date. ‘The Stop The Clocks’ tour is a chance to witness the award-winning alt-rock outfit in an intimate and direct setting, as they perform much of their accomplished fifth album, The Spark.

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leicester comedy festival gala preview show
11th January @ de montfort hall

This annual comedy treat is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the acts who will be performing as part of the main festival when it rolls into town in February.

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kojo funds
12th January @ 
o2 institute birmingham

He’s already sold over two million singles and collaborated with Mabel on the platinum-selling track, ‘Finders Keepers’ and now, Kojo Funds will be embarking on his first ever UK headline tour, in support of his first official mixtape – Golden Boy.

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The Music of Bob Marley Legend
12th January @ Belgrade Theatre Coventry

When you think Reggae, there is only one name that comes to your mind. The legend that was Bob Marley. Legend – The Music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza. Combining his superb, distinctive vocals with flawless musicianship, and a supremely talented cast.

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With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures.

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The Streets
17th-19th January @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Following their prestigious, sold out comeback tour, The Streets will be back in early 2019 to do it all again. With a new album (and film) in the works, plus a catalogue of iconic records, these shows will see Mike Skinner and co. take things to a whole new level.

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strictly come dancing live
18th-21st January @ arena birmingham

Strictly Come Dancing fans – the full line up of celebrities and their professional partners for next year’s Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour has been announced! Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev; Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard; Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton; Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice will all be joining previously announced Stacey Dooley and Aljaž Skorjanec; Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara; Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell on the road in the New Year.

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Recently, Ben followed the widespread acclaim for his third album, Noonday Dream, with three brand new tracks all written and recorded during the sessions for his third album.

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THE 1975

The 1975 will be bringing their huge UK tour to Arena Birmingham in Janaury 2019!

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sing-a-long-a the greatest showman
25th & 26th January @ curve theatre, leicester

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and his Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want.

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29th & 30th January @ 
O2 Academy Birmingham

Ahead of the release of their hugely anticipated third album, Bastille are heading out on an intimate headline tour to give fans an exclusive first listen to some of their new music. The multi award-winning four-piece continue to prove that they’re one of the nation’s favourite live acts, captivating audiences at major festivals over the summer, as well as selling out headline shows across six continents, so don’t miss out on this exciting home affair.

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snow patrol

Snow Patrol have confirmed that they’ll headlining a show at Arena Birmingham on 25 January 2019, following the release of their first album in seven years, Wildness.

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Charity festival Beat The Streets has today announced the first wave of artists for its 2019 edition. Amongst the 40+ acts confirmed so far is popular metal band Evil Scarecrow, as well as a former Forest and England footballer Stuart Pearce in conversation with RamAlbumClub.


Ghost the Musical
29th January – 3rd February @ CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER

The movie Ghost has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. The movie and the musical feature The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.

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Choreographed by contemporary Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas, Echoes is a stunning approach to the traditional art form of Kathak. In this piece, both choreographer and performer tell us about the strings that connect us to our ancestors. Aakash dances across a stage invaded by cascades of bells as a mesmerizing symbol of this resounding ties, offering us a glance into Kathak’s divinity and mysterious ways.

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