July 5, 2008

Wild Welcome for Will

It's been four years since Will Young last performed in Plymouth to a sell-out crowd, but at last he's planning a return visit in December as part of a major tour promoting his forthcoming new album, Let It Go. The former Exeter University student, who shot to fame after winning TV talent show Pop Idol back in 2002, has proved himself as both a credible and respected recording artist and, more recently, as an actor. Tracks on the long player, released in September, build on Will's vocal strengths while pushing him in exciting new directions, melding soul, disco and that extraordinary voice with good old-fashioned pop to create his most arresting recordings to date. Robert Maltby, press and promotions officer at Plymouth Pavilions, says: "Will has always had a very strong fanbase down in the South West, especially with his connection with Exeter Uni. I'm sure this show will go down a storm with his fans."

Will Young comes to Plymouth Pavilions on Tuesday, December 9. Tickets, priced pounds32.50, go on sale today. Box office: 0845 146 1460

EVERYONE who has managed to snap up tickets to the televised summer extravaganza that is T4 on the Beach at Weston-super-Mare will be thrilled to hear about the latest hot additions to a bill that is already bursting with stars. The Zutons, Black Kids, One Night Only, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland, Dirty Pretty Things, and 5 O'Clock Heroes featuring Agyness Deyn. They will join rising stars Adele, Sam Sparro and Pigeon Detectives plus perennial favourites McFly, popsters The Hoosiers and Scouting For Girls, indie folk rocker Lightspeed Champion, Swedish singer songwriter Robyn and easy- listening The Feeling for an outstanding show of non-stop hits by the Somerset seaside on Sunday, July 20.

FANS are counting down to the next major music gig at the Eden Project - a sell-out show by Leeds megastars Kaiser Chiefs on July 15, with support from the burgeoning Late of the Pier and indie three-piece White Lies. The good news is that there are still some tickets available for the show 10 days later by feisty Scottish singer songwriter KT Tunstall, who shares her bill with avant garde rockers Guillemots and Glaswegian four-piece Sons and Daughters. In true pop tradition KT (pictured above) provides an articulate, accessible brew of rootsy sass, wistful quandary and after-hours atmosphere. Her debut album, Eye To The Telescope, combined intimate authentic folk elements with a slick production style which won her both a Brit and an Ivor Novello award. Her latest album, Drastic Fantastic, is out now.

Tickets for the KT Tunstall Eden Session on July 25 cost pounds33 (including booking fee and entrance to the Eden Project on the day). To book, call the box office on 01726 811972 or visit www.edenbookings.com

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