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Louise McQuade

Some big gigs in 2017

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Guns N’Roses to headline Slane 2017

Axl, Duff and Slash are returning to Lord Henry’s gaff on May 27! They last played the Co Meath venue back in 1992 during their mammoth Use Your Illusion tour. The three founding members of Guns N’Roses reformed earlier this year and the Slane gig will kick off the band’s European leg of their Not In This Lifetime world tour. Tickets went on sale this Friday, December 9.
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Emeli Sandé Live at 3Arena Dublin
Emeli Sandé has released further British and Irish tour dates in October after her March 2017 dates sold out in hours. She plays the 3Arena Dublin on October 27. Tickets are priced from €49.50 and went on sale this Friday, December 9 at 9am from Ticketmaster.

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Hootenanny
Christine & The Queens and Chaka Khan are among the acts that have been announced for Jools’ Annual Hootenanny.
Airing on December 31 on BBC Two, the line-up will also feature Roy Wood, Rag’n’Bone Man, Gregory Porter, ABC, Seasick Steve, Imelda May and Dr John Cooper Clark.

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The BBC Sound of 2017 long list
Over these past few weeks I have been sharing some of the artists that have made the prestigious BBC’s Sound of 2017. This week features Anderson .Paak and Tom Grennan.

Anderson .Paak
Brandon Anderson .Paak has come a long way since he first played drums in his local church, aged 11.
A multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer, he is signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath label, and appeared on six tracks of the producer’s Compton album.

Before being signed, Paak had spent almost a decade struggling to break into the music industry, including a period in which he found himself homeless.

The star says the birth of his son five years ago gave him renewed focus. He dropped his former stage name, Breezy Lovejoy, and started perfecting his blend of breezy R&B and hip-hop.

His first two albums, Venice and Malibu, have been more talked about than bought – but that looks set to change in 2017.

Anderson .Paak supports Bruno Mars on his 24k tour next year, they play Dublin’s 3 Arena on April 29 and 30 but tickets have sold out.

Tom Grennan
London based, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan first found fame as the guest vocalist on Chase & Status’s track When It All Goes Wrong. The track gave Grennan the chance to cut his teeth in the Radio 1 Live Lounge and on BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland.

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But it could have easily not turned out that way. As a teenager, he had a promising football career, playing for Luton Town, Northampton Town, Aston Villa and Stevenage.

After moving to London for university, Grennan would gig around London with his acoustic guitar. His inclination towards blues and soul can be heard on his debut EP, ‘Something In The Water’ which showcases his raspy, emotive vocals.

Early support came from BBC Music Introducing, who invited him in for a session.
Grennan goes on tour in February 2017, as he works towards his debut album, no local dates available just yet.

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