Gig guide: 25 must-attend concerts in Wales during 2015

Wales will welcome some of the biggest names in music and comedy next year.

When you’re not watching global superstars One Direction and Elton John take to the stage, you can be having a laugh with Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr.

Yep, there’s a stellar collection of concerts lined up for 2015, but here are 25 must-attends:

1. Jessie J

Jessie J

What? Fans will get to see the popstar perform in a small-capacity venue as she showcases material from new album, Sweet Talker, along with chart classics like Price Tag.

Where and when? Rhyl Pavilion on January 20

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

2. Slipknot

Slipknot

What? Start off the new year with a (head) bang as the America heavy metal band bring their Prepare for Hell tour to Wales.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on January 24

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

3. Collabro

What? They captured the nation’s hearts with their classical sound on Britain’s Got Talent, so the musical theatre boyband will now be looking to impress with their live tour.

Where and when? Venue Cymru, Llandudno on February 2 and St David’s Hall, Cardiff on February 4

How much are tickets? Both are sold out, gutted.

4. Alan Carr

What? The chatty man gets set to talk the specs off Wales with his Yap, Yap, Yap tour.

Where and when? Theatr Hafren, Newtown on February 5, William Aston Hall, Wrexham on February 6, Aberystwyth Arts Centre on February 7, Galeri Caernarfon on February 8, Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on March 28, Grand Theatre, Swansea on May 23 and St David’s Hall, Cardiff between October 15 and 18.

How much are tickets? £30 and can be booked via www.alancarr.net/tour-dates/wales.

5. Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

What? It’s all about Iranalamadingdong as the funnyman gets us giggling with two Welsh dates.

Where and when? Grand Theatre, Swansea on February 19 and St David’s Hall, Cardiff on February 21

How much are tickets? From £23 and can be booked www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

6. The Script

The Script

What? The Irish rockers will be heading to Cardiff as part of an arena tour, with chart favourite Labrinth also joining them on stage.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 2

How much are tickets? From £27.50 and can be booked via www.gigsandtours.com.

7. The Black Keys

The Black Keys

What? The American duo will be rocking the stage in support of their new album, Turn Blue.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 4

How much are tickets? £35 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 029 2022 4488.

8. Katherine Jenkins

What? Our classical star is coming Home Sweet Home with her UK tour and will be joined by John Owen-Jones. The live stint will also mark the mezzo soprano’s tenth anniversary in the music industry.

Where and when? Venue Cymru, Llandudno on March 5 and Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 14

How much are tickets? From £29.50 and can be booked www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

9. Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

What? The Gold hitmakers are marking their live return with a Soulboys of the Western World tour.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 13

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

10. Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

What? The singer is back with his aptly-named All The Hits, All Night Long, which we’re guessing is what you can expect from the show!

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 16

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

11. Paloma Faith

What? After a sell-out date in the capital in 2014, the songstress returns for another full-to-capacity show in support of her platinum album, A Perfect Contradiction.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on March 17

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

12. Simple Minds

Simple Minds

What? With the rock band’s career spanning 30 years, you can expect all the greatest hits and songs from their new album, Big Music.

Where and when? Venue Cymru, Llandudno on March 28 and Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on April 18

How much are tickets? From £39.50 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

13. Olly Murs

What? The former X Factor contestant heads to Cardiff for two live arena shows, supporting his new record, Never Been Better. Singer-songwriter Ella Eyre will join Murs on the tour as his special guest.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on April 3 and 4

How much are tickets? From £39.50 and can be booked via www.gigsandtours.com or 029 2022 4488.

14. Dara O Briain

Dara O Briain

What? Catch the comic and his Crowd Tickler tour when it comes to Swansea next spring.

Where and when? Grand Theatre, Swansea on April 4

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

15. Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

What? The basketball stars take on the Washington Generals for the first time in five years on their 2015 UK tour.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on April 20

How much are tickets? From £17.50 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 029 2022 4488.

16. Ben Howard

Ben Howard

What? The acoustic singer-songwriter visits the capital as part of his biggest arena tour to date, in support of his new album, I Forget Where We Were.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on April 21

How much are tickets? £31, check with the box office on 029 2022 4488 for availability.

17. Michael Ball

Michael Ball

 

What? The musical star is hitting the road in support of his brand new album, If Everyone Was Listening.

Where and when? St David’s Hall, Cardiff on April 29

How much are tickets? £40 and can be booked via www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or 029 2087 8444.

18. The Vamps

The Vamps

What? Pop’s hottest new boyband will be performing their chart-friendly hits and will be joined by X Factor’s Union J.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on May 7

How much are tickets? From £11.15 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 029 2022 4488.

19. S Club 7

What? It’s all about bringing it all back as the group get together for a reunion tour packed with their greatest hits. Excuse us whilst we reach for the stars!

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on May 12

How much are tickets? Sold out, gutted.

20. One Direction

Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction

What? They’re the world’s most in demand boyband and are heading to the capital with their On The Road Again tour for two massive summer shows.

Where and when? Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on June 5 and 6

How much are tickets? From £41.25 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk – June 6 is already sold out.

21. Manic Street Preachers

What? The Welsh veterans will play a special open-air gig at the castle, which will include two sets from the band. They’ll perform The Holy Bible album in full, followed by a greatest hits sets.

Where and when? Cardiff Castle on June 5

How much are tickets? £41.25 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

22. Elton John

Elton John

What? The Rocket Man himself will be performing in North Wales for the very first time. The concert will feature a collection of the star’s iconic hits and classic album tracks.

Where and when? Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay on June 6

How much are tickets? From £44.50 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

23. Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello in concert

What? It’s back to basics for the British rock legend with a series of stripped down solo shows next summer, including two in Wales.

Where and when? Venue Cymru, Llandudno on June 7 and St David’s Hall, Cardiff on June 25

How much are tickets? From £45 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

24. Michael McIntyre

Chatterbox Michael McIntyre greets his public

What? The comic returns with his Happy and Glorious tour for a five-night stint in the capital, where he’s sure to leave the audience in hysterics.

Where and when? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff between September 2 and 6

How much are tickets? £40.50 and can be booked via www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 029 2022 4488.

25. Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey

What? It’s all about Limboland for the comedian as he reflects on his global travels. Expect a sing-song thrown in for good measure, too.

Where and when? St David’s Hall, Cardiff on October 28 and 29

How much are tickets? £25 and can be booked via www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or 029 2087 8444.

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