The week has finally arrived for Harry Styles to bring his Love On Tour tour to Manchester.
The star will be performing two massive shows at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground this week.
Thousands of fans will descend on the venue to see the Watermelon Sugar singer strut his stuff on one of Greater Manchester’s biggest stages.
The dates come straight off the back of his chart-topping third album, Harry’s House.
After his two gigs in Manchester on the 15 and 16 June, he’ll head down to perform two shows in London before jetting off around Europe.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of Harry Styles’ gig in Manchester.
What are the stage times and when do gates open?
The gates for both nights of Harry Styles’ Love on Tour shows will open at 4pm, and the venue is urging people not to arrive any sooner.
A statement from Emirates Old Trafford says: “Please DO NOT arrive the day, or night, before the show. Gates open at 4pm for both shows. The roads around Emirates Old Trafford are extremely busy with narrow pathways causing danger for pedestrians. Please do not put yourselves and others at risk!”
The stage times are expected to be as follows:
4pm – Doors open
7.15pm – Mitski
8.30pm – Harry Styles
Curfew will be around 10.30pm.
Who is supporting Harry Styles?
Harry has chosen rising star Mitski to be his support act for Love On Tour.
The singer-songwriter, dubbed the ‘best young songwriter’ in the US, has released six studio albums, the most recent of which – Laurel Hell – came out earlier this year.
Despite quitting social media in 2019, Mitski has a massive online following, and will surely warm up the crowd nicely.
Can I still get tickets?
Unsurprisingly given his massive following, no you can’t.
Tickets for Harry Styles sold out in the blink of an eye, with the singer adding an extra date to try and meet demand.
You might be able to pick up tickets on resale sites, but make sure you’re using official platforms so you don’t get ripped off.
How do I get to the Emirate Old Trafford cricket ground?
TfGM has issued some travel advice for those heading to the cricket ground to see Harry Styles.
Trams on the Altrincham line operate to Old Trafford, which is directly next to the stadium, or you can try to beat the crowds a bit by using one of the other tram lines and stops that are within walking distance.
Firswood, Wharfside and Exchange Quay are all between a 10 minute and a 20 minute walk away.
Tram services are expected to be very busy, so those who live within walking distance of the venue are encouraged to head there on foot.
Road closures will be in place around the cricket ground – visit TfGM for details.
This was Harry’s setlist from his gig at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on 11 June.
Music for a Sushi Restaurant
Treat People With Kindness
What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction song)
Late Night Talking
Love of My Life
Sign of the Times
As It Was
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Taylor Swift and The 1975 frontman Matty Healy are reportedly ‘no longer romantically involved’
Taylor Swift and Matty Healy are apparently “no longer romantically involved” with each other, according to reports.
Although, as fans will tell you, it was debatable if they ever even were to begin with.
The American global pop megastar and The 1975 frontman have each been in a number of high-profile relationships throughout their musical careers, but no relationship seems to have attracted the pair more media attention than when they were romantically linked with each other.
Swift and Healy have been pictured together multiple times in recent months, sending their millions of fans into frenzy.
But reports have emerged today in US outlet People, as well as in TMZ and from a number of other prominent sources, that they are “no longer romantically involved” with each other, and that the relationship was only ever “casual” anyway.
“She had fun with him, but it was always casual. They are no longer romantically involved,” the source told People.
Social media had been awash with fans speculating a relationship between the pair after Swift called it quits with long-term boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, back in April.
The 33-year-old multi GRAMMY and BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter is currently performing in major cites right across the US as part of her sold-out ‘Eras Tour’, while the hugely-successful Manchester band have just finished their own massive UK tour, and are now doing the rounds on the summer festival circuit.
As well as the pair being seen and pictured on several occasions leaving venues together, and supposedly – and pretty cryptically – sending messages to each other on stage via songs, Healy also gave a surprise performance at Swift’s show in Nashville last month, where he appeared on stage alongside musician and mutual friend Phoebe Bridgers, who was supporting Swift.
Although, as we’ve obviously established, no relationship was ever confirmed between the pair.
Swift is to continue on with the sold-out US leg of her ‘Eras Tour’ – which broke the record for most concert tickets ever sold in a single day – until 9 August, before heading down for several shows in Mexico and South America.
She has also just announced that the next re-recording in her ‘Taylor’s Version’ catalogue will be her 2010 album, Speak Now – which is set for release on 7 July.
The 1975, on the other hand, are set to make a highly-anticipated homecoming return as headliners of Manchester’s Parklife Festival this weekend.
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DJ Michael Bibi forced to pull out of Parklife following rare cancer diagnosis
DJ and producer Michael Bibi has sadly had to pull out of this weekend’s Parklife festival as well as cancel his upcoming shows after tragically being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The London-based electronic artist was set to take the stage at Heaton Park on Sunday and had numerous other big festival gigs to play this month but following the heartbreaking announcement shared on his socials and confirmation by Parklife themselves, these shows have now been cancelled.
Writing on Instagram, Bibi said: “Hello world, writing this post is a hard one.. last week I was diagnosed with CNS Lymphoma. A very rare cancer that affects the brain & spine.
“Unfortunately, it’s moving fast and l to have to stay in hospital starting treatment immediately. Typing this message doesn’t quite seem real and I’m sorry for the bad news.”
The 32-year-old went on to close his message by adding, “I don’t know what lies ahead, I’m tired but I know I am strong and I won’t let this beat me. I will be back stronger for you all. Love Bibi.”
Bibi had already cancelled numerous shows just last month following ongoing tinnitus-related issues, including all of his USA tour dates as a related ear-ringing condition, but was unaware of the deeper underlying problem after doctors informed him it was “more of a neurological problem“.
While CNS lymphoma (sometimes called primary cerebral lymphoma) is a rare and aggressive form of cancer, it can be treated and even cured especially in younger cases; however, the survival rate is low and the disease can return after five to 10 years after the first diagnosis.
The comments underneath his post are filled with fellow artists like Steve Aoki, Peggy Gou, Tiesto, Disclosure and more expressing their sadness but offering their support to the hugely popular DJ following the news. Parklife Festival themselves put out their own heartfelt message too.
Describing him as “an absolute superstar of dance music culture”, Bibi was set to play The Valley Stage — the second-biggest at the festival — in the same massive slot as fellow DJ, Skrillex, the following day.
The organisers went on to wish him a “safe and speedy recovery”, signing off by assuring him that “Manchester sends [their] love and support”. We certainly do.
Our thoughts are with Michael along with his friends and family at this difficult time.