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    Zayn Malik performs for first time since hopes of making amends with One Direction bandmates revealed

    ZAYN Malik took to the stage in London for the first time since it was revealed he’s ‘desperate’ to end his feud with his former One Direction bandmates.The singer, who rose to fame with the band on X Factor in 2010, performed at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday.Zayn performed at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on FridayCredit: GettyIt marked the 31-year-old’s first ever solo performance since quitting One Direction nine yearsCredit: GettyIt comes as it was revealed how Zayn wants to make amends with former bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis TomlinsonCredit: Getty Images – GettyZayn performed a selection of new tracks from his fourth album Room Under the StairsCredit: GettyIt marked the 31-year-old’s first ever solo performance since quitting One Direction nine years.Zayn performed a selection of new tracks from his fourth album Room Under the Stairs.The Bradford native appeared to be in good spirits as he threw signed copies of his posters from a window to his adoring fans.His mother Trisha attended the gig as well as this year’s Eurovision winner Nemo.more on one directionIt comes as it was revealed how Zayn wants to make amends with former bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.Insiders told MailOnline he’s hopeful of a reunion with his once best pals.”He doesn’t know if it will ever happen, or when, but he would love to start a conversation with the other guys from One Direction and try to make amends with all of them”, said the source.”He is trying to figure out the best way to reach out because it will be odd, weird, and uncomfortable, but it is something that has been on his mind.”Most read in MusicHowever, Zayn is believed to be more focused on “rebuilding relationships” than reuniting as a band.The insider added: “Zayn wants to approach them for forgiveness and friendship. Working with them is not important to him right now.England’s only grade 1 listed seaside pier previously used by One Direction”He has matured and wants to show the rest of the guys this. To be friends again would be amazing.”One Direction was the biggest pop sensation of a generation – with global record sales of more than 70million and a combined net worth of more than £250million.They announced an “indefinite hiatus” soon after Zayn quit.The Bradford native appeared to be in good spirits as performed to his adoring fansCredit: Getty More

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    Girls Aloud fans in tears as the band duet with late singer Sarah Harding as they kick off reunion tour in her memory

    GIRLS Aloud had fans in tears as they duetted with their late bandmate Sarah Harding from beyond the grave as they reunited for the first time in 11 years.The girl group – featuring Cheryl Tweedy, 40, Nicola Roberts, 38, Nadine Coyle, 42, and Kimberley Walsh, 38 – kicked off their comeback tour at the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday night.Girls Aloud kicked off their reunion tour, performing for the first time since Sarah Harding’s deathThe girls paid tribute to Sarah who died of cancer in 2021The girl group held hands as they paid tribute to SarahCredit: SplashDuring the show, they made several references to Sarah and showed footage of her on huge screens behind the stage.It was their first time performing since she passed away following a cancer battle in 2021.In the encore, they sang their 2008 single The Promise and had Sarah sing her verse.But it was their cover of the Pretenders hit I’ll Stand By You, which they had a No1 with in 2004, which had fans in tears.READ MORE GIRLS ALOUDNadine explained: “This next one we’re going to do really is a duet. We were looking through things to do and this song that we’re going to do, it’s Sarah singing the whole song.“So we’re going to do a duet with Sarah tonight. It’ll be Sarah and it’ll be us and it’ll be you. Let’s all do this together.”One fan tweeted: “So many lovely moments for Sarah tonight. crying my eyes out still. Cant believe i just got to see Girls Aloud on opening night in Dublin.”Another wrote: “I’m honestly crying. We miss you Sarah #GirlsAloud.”Most read in BizarreNicola introduced Whole Lotta History with a teary speech, while the song ended with black and white footage of Sarah walking along the River Thames singing the track.She said: “When we recorded this next song in 2005 for our Chemistry record, 19 years ago, we all loved the song, it was very special to us, but we had no idea that 19 years later it would become so poignant on our journey.”I’m Girls Aloud’s hair stylist – my tips get a salon-worthy blow-dry at home and help the band’s locks last for a concertAt the end of that performance, a message appeared on the screens reading: “The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”Elsewhere during the show’s 20-song setlist, they performed Wake Me Up while straddling motorbikes which flew over the audience and wore inflatable dresses for Sexy! No No No…One of our main aims on this tour is to do Sarah ­justice and give us and our fans that moment to celebrate her.Kimberley WalshThe noughties girl group said they were embarking on their reunion tour to show their kids what they became famous for.Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley have five kids between them and they are all eager to see the gigs.‘Bring back memories’Reminiscing about a time their late bandmate Sarah, Cheryl said: “Sarah stayed with me for about a week and she was throwing around ideas of how we could celebrate 20 years of Girls Aloud while she was still here.”At one point, she did say to us, ‘Even if I can’t make it, I hope you girls do it without me’.”Kimberley added: “One of our main aims on this tour is to do Sarah ­justice and give us and our fans that moment to celebrate her. “I think they need it — I think we all need it.”Cheryl said: “I think one of our ­driving forces is that our kids are going to see us on stage and think we’re actually cool. “They’re going to see Mammy on stage!”Girls Aloud reunion tour set listThe reunited noughties pop group put together a set list of all their biggest hits.
    ACT ONE

    Untouchable
    The Show
    Something New
    Love Machine
    Can’t Speak French
    Biology
    Whole Lotta History

    ACT TWO

    Wake Me Up
    Sound of the Underground
    Girl Overboard
    No Good Advice
    Graffiti My Soul
    Long Hot Summer
    I’ll Stand By You

    ACT THREE

    Sexy! No No No…
    On the Metro
    Jump
    Call the Shots
    Something Kinda Ooooh

    ENCORE

    The Promise

    Girls Aloud, who split in 2013 after a whopping 21 Top Ten hits including their first Sound Of the Underground, have been rehearsing for five weeks to prepare for the tour. They shared photos from the dance studio and their plane ­journey to Ireland on Instagram.Speaking about the impact of their back catalogue, Cheryl said: “I want us to bring back happy memories for people. “I love listening to music that transports me to the way I felt at a different time, and I think Girls Aloud are that band for a lot of people.”Kimberley continued: “I think I’m only realising now just how much our music means to people.READ MORE SUN STORIES“I get so many different kinds of people approaching me to say our songs hold special memories for them.”The tour will continue across the UK until the end of June before they headline Brighton Pride in August.At one point the band rode in on motorcyclesCredit: SplashFans went wild as the band performed on stageCredit: Splash More

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    I was addicted to heroin, meth and crack cocaine. Now I’m hooked on cycling and Corrie, says Gogglebox star Shaun Ryder

    HAPPY Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has revealed his wildest moments – including snorting cocaine from inside a COFFIN and a wild bender at the home of an Eighties pop legend.The star, who has been drug-free for 20 years, revealed he fled the house of Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan after “making himself acquainted” with his drugs stash.Shaun Ryder is on the road with the Happy Mondays again – seen here on stage performing in London last weekCredit: RexAs well as his music, he loves being on Celebrity Gogglebox with Bez, 60, his old pal from the MondaysCredit: Channel 4Corrie fan Shaun with former stars Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth) and Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) in 1993Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdHe also credits Maggie Thatcher for making his music career and Britpop possible and revealed he takes more legal, prescription pills now than illicit narcotics when he was an addict.And he wants a new career as a cycling influencer — after getting hooked on going out on his bike — alongside his music and appearing on TV’s Gogglebox.In an exclusive interview launching his book Happy Mondays And Fridays, And Saturdays, And Sundays, Shaun, 61, revealed: “I’ve had a few mad moments.“I was sat in Dave Gahan’s house [in Los Angeles]. READ MORE ON SHAUN RYDER“We’d been out partying all night and we go back to his gaff — don’t forget, this is 30 years ago — and Dave pulls out this massive big pot of coke and heroin. “There was all sorts there.They say I jumped into a coffin, lay down and started snorting coke. But I don’t remember it“It was the early hours and he said, ‘I’m going out. I’ll be back in a bit’.“By this time it’s only me sat in his house. He’s gone for a few hours.Most read in Music“I’m getting well acquainted with his drugs. “Then I turned the telly on — there’s Dave on Sunset Boulevard being chased by police.‘Drug dealer fixed it for us to bypass customs’“The helicopters are following him. And I’m watching him on CNN and thinking, ‘They’re going to be round here in five minutes when they get hold of him, and I’m sat in his gaff doing all this’.“You can’t get taxis in LA so I had to wait for someone to come and pick me up and I got out of there.”Gahan, like Shaun, went on to get clean after a dark period — but back then, Shaun had one regret.BBC Breakfast viewers ‘switch off’ after ‘cringe’ Shaun Ryder interview – fuming ‘this is hard work!’He joked: “I should have took his gear with me.“I didn’t because I’m a dick. “I have never seen him or spoke to him since, as I got banned from America.”As well as the book, Shaun has also announced a live Q&A tour, where he is going to talk about “anything and everything”, including snorting coke inside a coffin at a funeral in Brazil, where he’d flown for the Rock In Rio festival.He said: “Our trip to Brazil in early 1991 was wild . . . even before we got off the plane.“I’d done an interview for the Brazilian equivalent of The Sun before we left and the reporters were asking about our reputation for drugs.“‘Are you going to be bringing ecstasy to Brazil?’, they asked me. “I laughed and said, ‘Oh yeah, you just wait and see. I’m gonna bring thousands of ’em’.“I was clearly taking the p***. “That’s not the sort of thing I’m gonna shout about in the most popular newspaper in the land, is it?“The result was that when our plane landed, the police were waiting for us.“An announcement went up on the Tannoy, ‘Happy Mondays, stand up!’.“‘F***in’ hell’, I thought. ‘We’re in for it here. “It’s gonna be Midnight Express all over again. “This is where they just throw us in a cell and chuck away the key’.“What happened? They opened the door and we could see f***ing daylight on the other side. “Somehow we’d bypassed customs altogether and we were through.“It turned out that a mate of ours, who was basically a big-time drug importer, had used his contacts and fixed it for us.”Maggie Thatcher is responsible for Britpop. Those bands were all on the Enterprise AllowanceIt was in Brazil that he ended up inside a coffin in a drug-fuelled haze.Shaun said: “I only know this as I was told about it. “Apparently there was a funeral there and I got in a coffin, but I don’t remember that.“They say that I jumped into it, lay down and started snorting coke. “I don’t remember that.”Shaun’s wild days are today firmly behind him, thanks to his wife Joanne and six children.The couple share a home in Salford with daughters Lulu, 15, and Pearl, 16, along with son Oliver, 30.He said: “My teenage girls have ADHD and autism.“There was a reason I got into drugs, ADHD. “I have pretty bad learning difficulties and I’ve hid them all my life.“It’s only since I got to my late fifties and sixties where I’ve thought, ‘I’m not hiding it any more’.”On his decision to get clean, he said: “I wanted to do it as I’d got to 40 and my kids were getting older and I didn’t want them to think I’m this f***ed-up old dude.”He says bike riding was key to breaking his addiction — and he still enjoys it so much, he would love to be a cycling influencer.Shaun explained: “I used to be addicted to heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine — you name it.“Now I’m addicted to cycling and Coronation Street.“Have I had any moments of weakness since then? No, I haven’t, really.“My youngest girls, who are teenagers now, are at home with us and have never seen me like that. “I’ve not tried to hide it, it’s my story, but they don’t recognise that person today. “I’m a big believer in the saying that whatever you get through makes you stronger.”As well as his music, he loves being on Celebrity Gogglebox with Bez, 60, his old pal from the Mondays.Shaun with Stacey Solomon on I’m A Celebrity in 2010Credit: Brian Roberts – The SunThe former campmate returned for the 2023 all-stars version of the showCredit: ITVOn stage at Wembley with the Happy Mondays in 1991Credit: Rex FeaturesShaun said: “Gogglebox is great. I get paid to sit there with my mate and drink beer and they bring us ice cream and chocolate. For some reason they like filming us when we’re eating.” Shaun says he is now a “bionic man”, as well as a clean-living one.He added: “Teeth, hair, eyebrows, hips — there’s less and less of the original Shaun Ryder left these days.“The Bionic Man had fewer replacement parts than me.“My teeth were basically f***ed by the amount of crack cocaine and crystal meth I was taking. “As for my hair, the shadow you see now isn’t hair, it’s like a tattoo. “It’s called micropigmentation, which I had done by a company called Skalp, which specialises in non-surgical treatment for people with hair loss.“The reason I needed it is that I suddenly came down with full body alopecia, where you lose all your hair, not just off your head, but eyebrows and eyelashes as well.‘My greatest achievement is my children’“Rounding off my medical bulletin, I’ve got one hip replacement, but when they replaced it they told me that the other one was also on its way out.“I’m actually on more drugs than I’ve ever been in my life — prescription ones. “I’m on stuff for all sorts. “I have to take four thyroid pills, two for my dust allergies, some for arthritis, some more for my prostate. F***ing loads of them.“I’m having problems with some of my prescription drugs as they are harder to get since we have left the EU.”Yet he’s never been happier.Shaun said: “There used to be a time when I was just the mad rocker who went on to TV shows off my t*ts on heroin. “I’m still having great fun in the spotlight, whether that’s with the Happy Mondays, Black Grape or as a solo performer.“But these days you’re just as likely to find me blowing off the cobwebs on a bike ride, watching telly with my best mate Bez or catching up on Corrie in my slippers.“I’ve been off the illegal street drugs for more than 20 years now and I’ve never been happier.“I’ve told my girls ‘don’t do drugs’. “None of my kids have turned out to be idiots.”He said people still shout Mondays lyrics, “You’re twisting my melon, man” or “Call the cops” at him.I told a paper I was bringing thousands of ecstasy pills to Brazil. When we landed the police were waiting for usHe said: “Builders will yell them at me from across the street. “It’s the same when I’m out on my bike.“I’m not sure what they expect me to say back, to be honest, so I just f***ing wave, smile and shout ‘Alriiiight’ at them. “Love it. It’s great fun.”Of the Iron Lady playing a role in his career, he explained: “Maggie Thatcher is responsible for Britpop.“She’s responsible for all the music in the Eighties and all the bands that were formed. They were all on the Enterprise Allowance.”Shaun has no plans to retire. He said: “My greatest achievement is my children and still being around making music, still being allowed to make albums and go on tour. “I can’t retire.“Look at the Rolling Bones. “You just don’t retire. “As long as you’re still enjoying what you’re doing, why would you not want to keep doing it?“Look at people like Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, still doing their thing into their 80s, trying new things and finding new audiences. “No one’s telling them it’s time for them to retire.”And Shaun reckons Bez’s 60th birthday celebrations last month prove his partying days are well and truly behind him. He said: “We were in Brighton. “Someone had organised a party for Bez in the afternoon, but we’d done a show the night before, then done this massive drive. “I needed to sleep.The Bionic Man had fewer replacement parts than me. Teeth, hair, eyebrows, hips – there’s less and less of the original Shaun Ryder left“He didn’t even want to go to his own party as he was knackered.“Instead of partying hard, I had an afternoon kip.” Shaun’s Q&A tour will travel the country from September.He added: “Because I do TV and was in the I’m A Celeb jungle, our audience goes from eight years old to 80 now.“I saw myself doing this for as long as I could — into my eighties.“I always thought I was in for the long run. READ MORE SUN STORIES“I feel really, really lucky.”Happy Mondays And Fridays, And Saturdays, And Sundays is available to pre-order, along with Q&A tickets, at awaywithmedia.com/buy-books Shaun’s Q&A tour will travel the country from SeptemberCredit: Men SyndicationThe classic Bummed by Happy Mondays from 1988Credit: HandoutThe icon’s new bookCredit: Supplied More

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    Cheryl reveals the real reason she agreed to Girls Aloud tour ahead of first night in Dublin

    THE wait is finally over — Girls Aloud have returned.The group gave their first performance in 11 years to 13,000 fans at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin last night.Girls Aloud kicked off their reunion tour, performing for the first time since Sarah Harding’s deathCredit: InstagramGirls Aloud want their children to see them performing on stage for the first timeCredit: InstagramBack and better than ever, they said they were embarking on their reunion tour to show their kids what they became famous for.Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley have five kids between them and they are all eager to see the gigs.But it was also bittersweet for Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh, as it was their first time on stage since the death of bandmate Sarah Harding from cancer in 2021.‘Bring back memories’Reminiscing about a time with her bandmate, Cheryl said: “Sarah stayed with me for about a week and she was throwing around ideas of how we could celebrate 20 years of Girls Aloud while she was still here. READ MORE GIRLS ALOUD”At one point, she did say to us, ‘Even if I can’t make it, I hope you girls do it without me’.”Kimberley added: “One of our main aims on this tour is to do Sarah ­justice and give us and our fans that moment to celebrate her. “I think they need it — I think we all need it.”Cheryl said: “I think one of our ­driving forces is that our kids are going to see us on stage and think we’re actually cool. Most read in Bizarre“They’re going to see Mammy on stage!”Girls Aloud, who split in 2013 after a whopping 21 Top Ten hits including their first Sound Of the Underground, have been rehearsing for five weeks to prepare for the tour. I’m Girls Aloud’s hair stylist – my tips get a salon-worthy blow-dry at home and help the band’s locks last for a concertThey shared photos from the dance studio and their plane ­journey to Ireland on Instagram.Speaking about the impact of their back catalogue, Cheryl said: “I want us to bring back happy memories for people. “I love listening to music that transports me to the way I felt at a different time, and I think Girls Aloud are that band for a lot of people.”Kimberley continued: “I think I’m only realising now just how much our music means to people.“I get so many different kinds of people approaching me to say our songs hold special memories for them.”The tour will continue across the UK until the end of June before they headline Brighton Pride in August.Looks like demand has been so high there will be even more to come.Glastonbury next year, ladies?Rihanna has bags of styleRihanna was snapped wearing all black on a night out in the USCredit: The Mega AgencyRIHANNA went back to the Nineties for a night out in New York. She was photographed carrying the “It bag” of the era, a small black Dior number which comes with a big price tag – at £4,900 a pop.The singer was spotted outside Italian restaurant Mamo, where she was helping a relative to celebrate his graduation.Tom’s a Cologne rangerTom Hardy has shown off his shaved head after signing up to a new perfume dealCredit: GoffTOM HARDY doesn’t just look good now, he smells pretty decent too.The Peaky Blinders actor has shaved his head after he was confirmed as the new face of perfume firm Jo Malone London.We revealed in January how Tom had signed a mega-money deal to become the company’s new ambassador.He said: “I realise I am the ambassador for Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense, but what are the chances of it actually being utterly divine? It’s extremely rare. But it actually is.”I’d say anything smelled decent if I was getting a six-figure cheque in the post.Script returnTHE SCRIPT are returning with their first album since the death of guitarist Mark Sheehan. They have dropped a new ­single called Both Ways and will release an album called Satellites on August 16, followed by a UK arena tour in November.Danny O’Donoghue said of Mark’s death in April last year: “It’ll never be the same Script. “We’re just trying to do what we all feel is the next right thing to do.”Flock n rollCaught Live – by Paul Davies
    THESE once conflicted brothers of a feather are finally back flocking together in perfect harmony.
    Chris and Rich Robinson brewed a heady blend of soulful Southern blues rock from their back catalogue and current back-on-form album Happiness Bastards – which fans lapped up.
    New song set openers Bedside Manner and Rats And Clowns were ­perfect start-me-up tunes before they leaned heavily into classic Twice As Hard, a singalong Jealous Again, Thorn In My Pride, She Talks To Angels and musical cure for all, Remedy.
    A raucous encore of ­Aerosmith’s Mama Kin proved everyone had plenty to crow about.
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    TIME’S up for Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady.The US rapper has this week ­quietly been placing obituaries for Slim – including in The Times.Eminem’s newspaper ad describes Slim as a “rogue splinter” who made a name for himself in the Nineties.It continued: “His complex and tortured existence has come to a close, and the legacy he leaves behind is no closer to resolution than the manner in which this character departed this world.”READ MORE SUN STORIESIt’s a bit deep but great publicity for Eminem – whose new album is due soon.RIP Slim, and thanks for the music. More

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    Girls Aloud fans convinced they’ve spotted secret new ‘feud’ just HOURS before reunion tour kicks off

    GIRLS Aloud fans think they’ve spotted a new group feud just hours before their reunion tour kicks off. Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle are set to play the first gig of The Girls Aloud Show in Dublin tonight. Fans think they’ve spotted a feud after Cheryl shared this snapCredit: InstagramThe girls will take to the stage in Dublin tonightCredit: InstagramIt’s their first performance since the death of bandmate Sarah HardingCredit: GettyAhead of the performance, Cheryl, 40, took to Instagram to share a snap of them on the plane. The Fight For This Love hitmaker threw up a peace sign in the photo and wrote: “Ready for take off.” She could be seen sitting in front of Nicola, 38, and Kimberley, 42, while Nadine, 38, was behind them. While excited fans rushed to comment on the snap, some couldn’t help but share concerns of a division in the group. More on Girls AloudOne wrote: “Why is Nadine always on her own?”And another said: “Be kind to @nadinecoyle as you three have treated her and the late Sarah terribly over the years.”It’s no secret that, after the girls split for a second time in 2013, Cheryl, Kimberley and Nicola remained close while Nadine and Sarah Harding – who tragically passed away in 2021 – went their separate ways from the group. Nadine also took to social media to insist the other girls made the decision to split up while she had wanted to continue. Most read in ShowbizShe wrote: “You should know by now I had no part in any of this split business. I couldn’t stop them. I had the best time and want to keep going.”Cheryl quickly slammed her claims, saying Nadine was “full of s***” and had asked for a break in 2009 which led to the band’s demise.Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle breaks down in tears as she remembers late bandmate Sarah Harding in emotional video_1She added: “She was the one who wanted to make a solo record. Which is why we took the hiatus. She wants to come out and say we broke the band up? No! She shouldn’t tell porkie pies.”However the girls have insisted that Sarah’s diagnosis with breast cancer brought them back together.Kimberley told OK! Magazine: “It’s made us be in contact more regularly than we would normally. As much as this is a tough time for us, it’s nice that it’s given us the drive to spend time together.”Girls Aloud announced their reunion and plans for a huge UK arena tour towards the end of last year. More

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    Jimmy Eat World ticket updates — Ticketmaster launches general sale as rock icons to play string of UK tour dates

    NOUGHTIES rock legends Jimmy Eat World are returning to the UK this year as part of a new world tour.The pop-punk outfit will play three UK shows this November in Glasgow, London and Manchester.Tickets will be available via general sale this morning from 10am at Ticketmaster, Live Nation, SeeTickets and StubHub.Jimmy Eat World UK dates:
    13th November – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
    14th November – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
    15th November – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
    Follow our live blog below for all the latest news and updates…Where is Alexandra Palace?
    The Grade II-listed Victorian building in North London, which first opened in 1875, regularly hosts sports events and music concerts.
    The venue is situated between Wood Green and Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey.

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    Jimmy Eat World will be performing at three locations in the UK.

    13th November – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
    14th November – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
    15th November – Alexandra Palace – London, UK

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    Jimmy Eat World took to Instagram earlier this week confirming their tour dates.
    The band said: “Announcing 2024 UK & EU tour dates!! We’ll be joined by special guest @puptheband each night.”

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    NCT DREAM ticket updates — Ticketmaster to launch general sale for upcoming London show  – see seats and prices

    K-POP icons NCT DREAM are coming to London, with general sale tickets launching today at a variety of sellers.Following the launch of their best-selling album DREAM( )SCAPE, the group is taking to Wembley’s OVO arena on November 12, 2024.Presale has unfortunately ended but general sale for the show begins at 10am today (May 17.)You can get your hands on tickets from the following sellers:Follow our live blog below for the latest news and updates…Venue map for NCT Dream’s London performance
    Tickets for their Wembley OVO Arena performance will go on sale today at 10am.
    With that in mind, here is the seating plan for their show, courtesy of Ticketmaster.

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    The group took to Instagram to announce their European tour earlier this month.
    The Dream Show 3 will appear in Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris and London.

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    NCT Dream have a number of performances lined up in Europe.
    The group will be performing at five different locations.

    ROTTERDAM – October 30 2024
     COPENHAGEN – November 3 2024
     BERLIN – November 6 2024
     PARIS – November 9 2024
     LONDON – November 12 2024

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    K-pop icons NCT DREAM are coming to London, with general sale tickets launching today at a variety of sellers.
    Following the launch of their best-selling album DREAM( )SCAPE, the group is taking to Wembley’s OVO arena on November 12, 2024.
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    I love All Saints and I’m proud of what we did but it doesn’t define me, says Shaznay Lewis

    “FOR the past 25 years I’ve been known as ‘Shaznay from All Saints’.“So, it was really important to step away from the band and make this record so I could just be Shaznay Lewis again,” says the singer.Shaznay Lewis’ classy pop album Pages arrives 20 years after her debut record Open, and she admits that the new album came as ‘a surprise’Credit: katy gorniakAfter 25 years of being known as ‘Shaznay from All Saints’, she says the new album was really important in allowing her to be ‘Shaznay Lewis again’Credit: katy gorniakShaznay, second left, was one quarter of pop band All SaintsCredit: PA:Press AssociationAt rehearsals at London’s Metropolis Studios, one of our most underrated songwriters and the real talent in girl group All Saints is preparing to release her second solo record.The classy pop album Pages arrives 20 years after her debut record Open, and Shaznay admits that the new album came as “a surprise”.“I didn’t think I’d ever make another one after my first one,” she says. “There were lots of changes at my record label so it took me four years to make that first one. By the time I released it in 2004, I was quite burnt out.“I thought, ‘I don’t think I’ll do this again’.”READ MORE ON SHAZNAY LEWISShaznay went on to make two more albums with All Saints then, a couple of years ago after a writing session, she came up with an idea for a song that would become Missiles, the assured opening track from Pages.Shaznay laughs remembering the early days of working on the record with producer and songwriter Ben Cullum, brother of jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum.“I was in the garden one day and I sat back with my headphones on and listened to this idea. I was really excited about it.“So, I went to my friend Ben to produce Missiles and it sparked me to do a project.Most read in Music‘I needed to break free’“I was only calling it a ‘project’ with Ben at the time as I suppose ‘project’ is a bit non-committal. But once I’d set myself a deadline and made a certain number of songs, it became an ‘album’.“And then I started to play it to people and, luckily, they thought it was great, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and see what happens. And here we are!”Warm and forthcoming, Shaznay says this solo comeback feels like she is starting again.I really needed to break free, put my big girl pants on and just get in the car and drive down that road by myself“Even though I’ve got history, there’s a whole generation out there that do not know who I am,” she tells me. “And it’s exciting. People are liking these songs for what they are rather than just liking it because of where I’ve come from. When (Pages track) Good Mourning went on to a platform I hadn’t heard of called Complex, my teenage son ran into my room saying, ‘Oh my God, Mum, you are on Complex!’.”The new music includes themes of self-love and acceptance and, on the brilliant Pick You Up, there is a spoken word intro by Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor.Shaznay says: “Pick You Up came really from someone close to me that had gone through depression.“I was writing a message to that person, a message of love.“When I’d written the song, I wanted some sort of spoken word at the beginning and Rebecca is friends with Johan Hugo, the producer of the song. She was amazing because she sent it on the 11th hour. A voice note — and it was just perfect. I haven’t met her yet.“I went to see her (Cabaret) show, and I just thought she was amazing. She’s a female force of nature.”Shaznay says making Pages has been like therapy and helped with her own self-esteem.“Although I’m kind of driven to write songs in a particular way, sometimes it’s only actually afterwards I look at it, and it’s taught me something about myself as well and given me an understanding about something I was going through that I didn’t realise.“I’m quite confident, but I’ve been lacking in self-esteem for the past 25 years,” she explains.“I really needed to break free, put my big girl pants on and just get in the car and drive down that road by myself.“I’d left the management company that manage All Saints and so, when I started, I was on my own, making the phone calls myself. Something was driving me to do this.”In All Saints, she was the least showbiz of the band — alongside Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton — often missing out on partying to concentrate on writing songs. The mum-of-two adds: “I feel really settled. I’m comfortable now with the person that I am, more so than I was 20 years ago.My family’s my gang“Then, I’d come out of a situation working with lots of people and having a huge entourage, to being on my own. So I felt vulnerable and lonely. But now I go home to a family. That’s my gang.”Shaznay has been married to her husband, dancer Christian, since 2004 and they have a son Tyler-Xaine, 18, and a daughter Tigerlily, 14, who appear in her video for her stunning single Kiss Of Life — which has a feel of Donna Summer’s State Of Independence and features footage of Shaznay pregnant, along with the babies growing up.Speaking about motherhood, she says: “The song Got To Let Go is about my struggle about letting go of him. My son’s got a lovely voice but it’s not really his thing, whereas my daughter is musical. She’s a natural and plays piano.I wrote my first album Open 20 years ago… But in that time, I’ve got married, I’ve had children — I’ve grown up, so Pages felt right as now I’m filling the pages of that open book“I adore motherhood. It changed me in a good way. Suddenly you understand your own mum more. And there’s more purpose. I remember when I got back with All Saints in 2014 and we toured with the Backstreet Boys, it was the first time I realised that I’d lost some of my mojo. That tour brought it back and I had a purpose for doing it. I adore them.“That’s why I called this album Pages. I wrote my first album Open 20 years ago from an open perspective as a person. But in that time, I’ve got married, I’ve had children — I’ve grown up, so Pages felt right as now I’m filling the pages of that open book.”On Tuesday night, the singer played her very first solo gig at London’s Jazz Cafe to a packed-out audience. One of the highlights was Shola Ama and General Levy performing with her for their joint track, the drum ’n’ bass-inspired Good Mourning.Shaznay says: “That song was produced by Michael Angelo (who was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his work with Sam Smith), and with the track being that style of music, General Levy had to be on it.“Then Shola, we’ve been friends forever, and we’ve always wanted to do something together.”Shaznay says she is influenced by different styles of music and loves the freedom there is today to listen to whatever you like.‘I don’t get nervous’“There are no boxes now,” she says. “When I was younger, I used to go to Tim Westwood’s night at The Arches in Vauxhall in London and you’d discover a hip hop and R&B act over from America.“But I’d also go to a New Kids On The Block concert too and sing along and scream for Donnie Wahlberg.”She has also found there is far more support for female artists nowadays than when she first started in the industry.Shaznay says: “There’s a lot more sisterhood now, which is great. There also seems to be a lot more togetherness and support between artists and women have become a lot more clued up to any misogynistic behaviour.“I remember one time with All Saints when Top Of The Pops wanted to record backdrops of us with no tops on. We were adamant we didn’t want to do it and it turned into, ‘Well, if you don’t do it, you can’t do the show’, which didn’t feel right.“But being in a band, like ours, we were quite renowned for saying, ‘No’. We were upfront and it was probably easier to target people on their own. My cover for Pages shows my neck and shoulders, but then that’s been my decision. When it’s somebody else’s decision, it’s not right.I’d have to be dead inside if I stopped“And as for age — I’m 48 now and the only time I remember age being a conversation was probably when we did the Rock Steady single — and I was in my early 30s then!”Shaznay says she is still friends with her All Saints bandmates and has learnt a lot about her own music style.“I had the best time on the last two All Saints albums and tours. From a creative point of view, I was really pleased with Red Flag and Testament albums.“But as a songwriter I think the earlier albums are not cohesive and they’re rushed. We were flying around the world and chucking songs together and, if they had two hits on there, it was fine. But not for me as a songwriter. I love All Saints and I’m proud of what I achieved with them. But that’s not what defines me. Then, I was just one of four voices“And it’s not any disrespect to All Saints. Melanie will always be like a sister. When I was starting this project, I said, ‘I don’t think I can do this without you’. And she said, ‘You f***ing better!’. Then she came to watch me on Radio 2’s Piano Room and gave me a pouch of crystals to look after me wherever I go. That’s the kind of relationship I have with Melanie.“But we are all cool. I love All Saints and I’m proud of what I achieved with them. But that’s not what defines me. Then, I was just one of four voices.Shaznay Lewis, 48, has opened up on her new solo material, which she recorded with Jamie Cullum’s brother BenCredit: GettyAll Saints found fame for tracks including Never Ever and Pure ShoresCredit: AFP – GettyShaznay’s first solo album Open was released in 2004 – now she is ‘filling in the Page’ from the ensuing 20 yearsCredit: katy gorniak“If I was talking about an album with three other people, I don’t think I’d be talking non-stop like I am here. Even though I probably would have fully written it, and they wouldn’t really know too much about the creative process, so it was different.“Now I feel like I can freely speak, it’s a freedom, it really is.”READ MORE SUN STORIESAfter a dazzling night at the Jazz Cafe, Shaznay is looking forward to summer, when she has performances lined up at Glastonbury, London’s Mighty Hoopla and Flackstock festival in Berkshire.“I don’t get nervous at all, I’m just excited to perform. This is the start of something for me. I love creating and performing. As a person, it’s a huge part of who I am. So I don’t see me stopping anytime soon. I think I’d have to be dead inside if I stopped.”The album Pages is out todayCredit: SuppliedSHAZNAY LEWISPages★★★★☆ More