Concert Round-Up: Rod Stewart, Carole King And All The Other Music Legends You Can See This Summer

With Glastonbury kicking off this week, hoards of people will be going to watch Adele, Coldplay and many more perform. But surprisingly while the summer is jam-packed with gigs all over the UK, it’s the golden oldies that are the big draws rather than the young trendy popstars.

It’s the tried and tested performers that the concert-goers are trying to bag tickets too. Old favourites like rockers AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart are the most searched for summer gigs according to new research from ticket resale site, StubHub.

And they aren’t the only ones, the Stone Roses are touring their long awaited follow-up to 1994’s The Second Coming with even David Beckham bagging tickets to see the Manchester band.

Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Ritchie, Carole King and Stevie Wonder are all in demand too.

Nick Adair, Head of Live Entertainment at StubHub comments: “The popularity of legendary live performers is easily keeping pace with today’s pop superstars. AC/DC with Axl Rose have defied the critics with outstanding shows, The Stone Roses live return will definitely be something special while The Boss continues to show everyone how it’s done. With so many world class performances and prices to suit all levels, the UK is definitely spoilt for choice this summer”.

So where can you see them and when?

Lionel Ritchie
The soul singer will be getting you dancing All Night Long when his UK tour hits Sheffield Arena on June 22nd. He is playing gigs up and down the country supported by Corinne Bailey Rae. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


Carole King
The BST festival returns to Hyde Park for another year and as well as Take That, Massive Attack and Mumford and Sons – fans are snapping up tickets to see Carole King on Sunday July 3rd. The festival will be Carole’s first UK concert in more than 25 years. The 74-year-old singer/songwriter will play her seminal album, Tapestry in full as well as a selection of her hits.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, the singer said it “actually wasn’t my idea” to play the album in full, but “no-one has ever thought to ask [before] and I loved the the idea.”
Buy tickets here

Stevie Wonder
Stevie will be calling to say he loves you at the final night of Barclaycard British Summer Time festival on Sunday July 10th. The 66-year-old will be performing his album, Songs In The Key of Life in its entirety.

For more information check here.

Rod Stewart
He’s got a Vegas residency but the Scottish crooner has brought his tour home.  He plays Carlise on June 21st and Nottingham on June 23rd before heading to Europe. The tour then kicks off again in November going all around the country and promises to be unmissable. With 45 years in the limelight, the 71-year-old entertainer performs a host of his hits. Check out his dates here

Earth Wind and Fire
Legendary group, Earth, Wind and Fire kicks off their UK tour at The O2 in London on July 1st before heading to Bournemouth and Liverpool. The founding members, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson have sold over 90 million albums and last played the UK two years ago. For more information and to buy tickets click here

Barry Manilow
Barry is set to take to the stage at London’s The O2 Arena on June 23rd as part of his final tour, One Last Time! The crooner who is hanging up his touring shoes is promising an emotional show for his fans. The 73-year-old warned this is the last time he will do anything of this scale. He recently told Billboard: “I’ll do shows and I’ll promote albums if I make any more, but no more big tours. That’s it. It’s too much packing.” Grab your tickets here

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