Review of the year ahead in music in Plymouth 2013
HAVING last week reflected on the arrival of some of the biggest names in pop and to play Plymouth Pavilions in 2012, it's time now to look ahead and see what's in store for 2013.
Next month is looking up as arguably the hottest girl group on the planet, Little Mix, are set to grace the stage on February 11 for a sell out show.
This will be the X Factor 2011 winners' debut headline tour and it follows in the wake of triumphant hit album DNA.
The very next day, it's another sell out for the return of the mighty Plan B, who was man of the moment once again in 2012 when he topped the charts with the sound track to his hard hitting movie Ill Manors.
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It was back in March last year, that he and his phenomenal band wowed us with a fabulous show that included rap and hip-hop, soul and Motown and with the latest material on offer his set this time around should be even more compelling.
Leading ladies Paloma Faith and Leona Lewis will be returning once more after the success of previous Pavilions shows, in February and May respectively.
The wonderfully flamboyant Paloma treated us to one of the most eccentric and theatrical live shows ever seen here and returns with more songs up her gold lame sleeve from her sophomore number-two-charting album Fall To Grace.
Meanwhile Leona, who has already broken countless sales and chart records around the globe making her one of the UK's most successful British female artists, will be back to perform tracks from her latest long player Glassheart.
As well as the contemporary artists there are several enduring musical icons set to visit this year.
First up next Friday is Paul Carrack, the singer-songwriter who has fronted Ace, Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics, worked with anyone who is anyone in the business as well as enjoying a lengthy solo career.
In June the Moody Blues, one of the biggest grossing bands of all time whose legacy spans an incredible six decades, pay their annual visit to deliver their timeless music, while April sees the return of Simple Minds to perform greatest hits from their 30-plus-year career.
One of the most exciting prospects in the icons category this year has to be Bryan Ferry, who will embark on his first major jaunt since the Dylanesque tour of 2007.
The tour which stops here on November 23 will feature both his usual band and also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the highly acclaimed instrumental The Jazz Age album.
Bryan will be performing an eclectic selection of songs chosen from across his whole career to celebrate his 40 years as a singer and songwriter.
There are also return visits from Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, plenty from the Strictly crew as well as comedy courtesy of Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Al Murray.
Of course this will be by no means everything as Plymouth Pavilions are signing brand new shows all the time. Watch this space!