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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Mani from The Stone Roses is throwing a fundraising party with his wife following cancer diagnosis
Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and his wife Imelda are throwing a massive fundraising night to raise money for The Christie and The Stockport Charitable Trust.
The wife of the Stone Roses legend was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in November 2020, and has been undergoing gruelling treatment and surgeries ever since.
The pair, who have nine-year-old twins together, will curate an evening of first-class entertainment at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s ballroom in Manchester city centre.
This is The One: Let’s Kick Cancer’s Arse will be taking place during Mani’s birthday week, with raffle and auction prizes donated by bands, footballers, actors, venues and promoters.
Imelda is an events agent who says: “Both charities have supported me through my journey. Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families.”
Mani added: “When life deals you a pair of twos, you must get your game face on! The past two years since my wife’s diagnosis have been brutal in so many ways, but it’s also opened our eyes to so many things.
“This disease needs to be eradicated – we feel duty bound to do our bit to achieve this. So everybody, get on board, dig deep, help out, we will win!”
By the time Imelda was diagnosed with bowel cancer, it had already spread to her liver and a small nodule in her lung, she wrote on her own JustGiving page.
She said: “I underwent emergency life-saving bowel surgery at it perforated. I had Covid and appendicitis for my first 3 chemo sessions, which were missed.
“I thought I was going down to the theatre to confirm appendicitis. Nobody heard anything for 9 hrs. Hence I woke with no small colon and an ileostomy stoma instead.
“Fast forward 6 months of treatments and breaks while they considered surgery, I had the right side of my liver removed.
“We were just on the mop-up stage of chemo when a scan revealed another tumour in the liver and several nodules on my lungs.
“I’m looking at other treatment centres and treatments privately as I’m nowhere near giving up this fight.
“Think positive thoughts into the universe for me to beat this. I’ve got twin boys aged 9 who I’m fighting for to be their mummy to be there for many years to come.”
This is The One: Let’s Kick Cancer’s Arse will take place at The Kimpton Clocktower’s ballroom on Friday 18 November.
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A live orchestra is performing Kanye West’s ‘best’ album in Manchester next month
One of Kanye West’s most-critically acclaimed albums is set to be performed by a live orchestra right here in Manchester next month.
And tickets are going on sale very soon.
There aren’t many artists in recent times who could be considered quite as polarising or who divide opinion like Kayne West, but despite how controversial his public persona has been over the last decade, and most-recently within the last few years, he is still widely considered to be one of the most influential hip hop musicians of all time, as well as often being voted as one of the greatest musicians of his generation.
But in typical Kanye fashion, his music often divides opinion just as much as his public persona – especially aomng fans, who will usually debate his best songs and albums, but rarely come to an agreement as to what they are.
One of the albums generally-considered by critics to be the best of West’s discography though is his 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.
And if that’s the album you were expecting it to be, then you might want to add the date Friday 2 December to your diary, as that is when a live orchestra will be setting up at The Blues Kitchen to perform a “reimagining” of the LP in full.
Smash-hits like ‘Power’, ‘Runaway’, and ‘Monster’ are just some of the tracks from the album set to be performed during the set.
In a description for the upcoming event, The Blues Kitchen Manchester said: “Kanye’s career-defining record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is widely seen as one of the last decade’s greatest albums [so] we’re incredibly excited to re-interpret this cult classic with a 13-piece orchestra formed of the UK’s finest classically trained musicians, using a unique musical score.”
On top of the influential album being performed in full, fans can also expect to hear “some extra Kanye classics to finish off the night” too.
Re:imagine My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be live at The Blues Kitchen Manchester on Friday 2 December, and tickets are set to go on sale at 10am next week on Tuesday 16 August.