2020 marks the year some of music’s biggest trailblazers come to perform in the UK. Here’s where and when you can see these inspirational stars ✨
Where: Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour is coming to Manchester Arena, Arena Birmingham and The O2
When: 7-10 June
Why: Over her incredible career, Alicia has won 15 Grammys, starting with Best R&B Album for her debut record Songs In A Minor which featured the mega hit Fallin’. The global star even hosted the 2020 ceremony this year! Off the stage, Alicia has worked hard to pave the way for the next generation of women working in music by founding the She Is The Music mentorship programme.
Where: Manchester Arena, Arena Birmingham and The O2, London
When: 21-30 July
Why: This year, the DIY streamer turned superstar became the youngest artist in Grammy history to take home wins for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. She also bagged the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Her unique sound has taken the industry by storm and we can’t wait for her tour to hit the UK this summer.
Where: Arenas across the UK
When: May/June 2020
Why: Dua was the youngest female artist ever to hit 1bn YouTube views with megahit New Rules when she was just 21. If conquering the music video world wasn’t enough, she also set up the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father which benefits the people of Kosovo, where her parents are originally from and where Dua lived aged 11-15.
Where: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
When: 29 June
Why: Indisputably one of the greatest girl groups of all time, TLC have been showered with numerous awards including a MOBO for their contribution to music. One of their most iconic hits Waterfalls boldly shone a light on issues including drug abuse and HIV (according to Huffington Post, Waterfalls was the first song to mention the disease). The accompanying video went on to win MTV’s Music Video of the Year award.
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Where: The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich Music Time Festival
When: Friday 10 July
Why: Lauryn Hill had her breakthrough moment with multi-platinum Grammy-winning group the Fugees. The singer, songwriter, rapper and producer went on to establish herself as a creative force with her first solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She went on to become the first woman to be nominated in ten categories at the Grammys in a single year, and the first woman to win five trophies in one night.
Where: Arenas across the UK
When: 5-18 April
Why: The iconic girl group reunite for their first headline UK tour in a decade! The 'Don't Cha' stars are known for their mind-blowing dance routines - with Buttons and When I Grow Up both scoring MTV Music Video Awards - so you can expect a purr-fectly unforgettable performance.
Where: The Romance Tour is coming to Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London
When: 1-11 June
Why: Camila Cabello's debut album broke a record by shooting straight to number one in more than 100 countries! Showing no signs of slowing down, her duet with real life bae Shawn Mendes, Señorita, was Spotify’s most streamed song of 2019.
Where: Stadiums up and down the country
When: 26 June-26 July
Why: The pop powerhouses were the first girl group ever to score five top five studio albums in the UK and they’ve won Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV EMAs four times! Band member Jesy used her platform to bravely highlight the important issues of cyber bullying and mental health in her BBC documentary Odd One Out, aired in 2019.
Where: O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Apollo Manchester
When: 1-6 April
Why: When Avril announced she was coming back to the UK, the shows sold out quicker than you can say ‘She was a sk8er girl’! Back in 2002, Avril’s debut album and iconic look complete with stripy necktie offered an alternative role model for young women.