It’s early February, and that means Chinese New Year is almost upon us. On the night of Monday 4 February, people will be hitting Chinatowns across the UK for evening meals, fireworks and dancing dragons.
In 2019, Tuesday 5 February will mark the start of the Year of the Pig, one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.
In honour of the Chinese New Year we decided to highlight eight performers born in the Year of the Pig, many of whom are touring this year.
Robert Smith (1959)
The eternally gloomy-looking lead singer and guitarist of The Cure Robert Smith is one of the UK’s most famous songwriters.
Responsible for hits such as ‘Friday, I’m In Love’, ‘The Lovecats’ and ‘Lullaby’, the Cure have bewitched audiences for decade with their romantic new wave sound.
Still a popular live act decades after their formation, The Cure are set to play Glasgow Rock Sessions alongside Foo Fighters and The 1975 this June.
Bryan Adams (1959)
Bryan Adams needs no introduction. The Canadian pop-rocker is behind some of the biggest hits such as ‘Summer of ‘69’ and ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.
Adams has received many awards including 20 Juno Awards and over 15 Grammy nominations with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his songwriting for films.
Adams dropped his latest single ‘Shine A Light’ just last month in the run-up to the release of his upcoming album of the same name.
His seven-date UK tour in support of Shine A Light, his 14th album, will hit Belfast, London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bournemouth throughout February and March 2019.
Pep Guardiola (1971)
The enigmatic head coach of Manchester City Football Club, Pep Guardiola has overseen the development of one of the best teams in the Premier League right now.
The former Barcelona manager is known for his innovative ‘tiki-taka’ approach, and last season City won the Premier League with an astonishing 100 points, shattering records as they went thanks to their dazzling attacking play.
As they look to defend their Premier League crown, it’s worth catching Guardiola’s City this season to see his unique footballing philosophy in action.
Richard Ashcroft (1971)
Former lead singer of the 1990s rock band The Verve, Richard Ashcroft has been a mainstay of British music for almost 30 years.
Since the Verve first broke up in the late 1990s Ashcroft has starred in bands such as RPA and the United Nations of Sound and has become a successful solo artist, as his fifth solo album Natural Rebel came out in October last year.
Ashcroft will play numerous solo shows across the UK in April and May including a two-day spell in Warrington’s Victoria Park.
James Bourne (1983)
One of the three members of Busted, James Bourne has been a pop crush for teenagers ever since his band burst onto the scene in 2002 with their spiky hair and choreographed jumps.
Having spent a decade moving through projects such as Son of Dork, Future Boy and McBusted, Busted returned in 2016 with their surprisingly synth-tinged third album Night Moves.
Busted are touring their latest album Halfway There at the end of March with gigs at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena before finishing up at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
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Ellie Taylor (1983)
Multi-talented comedian Ellie Taylor rose to fame in 2012 as the presenter of BBC3 reality show Snog Marry Avoid?
Known for her quick wit and sharp observations, Taylor is now a regular on BBC comedy show Live At The Apollo and a newsreader on The Mash Report, as well as regular guest on other panel shows.
Taylor will tour the UK with her latest stand-up comedy show ‘Don’t Got This’ this October.
Troye Sivan (1995)
Australian singer and actor Troye Sivan has quickly gained a reputation for his sultry electro-pop that has attracted comparisons with Lorde and Taylor Swift.
Sivan’s second album Bloom caused waves as it was nominated for three ARIA Awards with many publications naming it one of the best albums of 2018.
After the success of Bloom, Sivan is now set to embark on his biggest UK tour yet, visiting Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London in the month of February.
Dua Lipa (1995)
London native Dua Lipa has rapidly become one of the biggest stars of British pop music since her emergence in 2015.
Lipa’s debut album in 2017 rocketed her to the top, thanks in part to her No. 1 single ‘New Rules’, and her second album is rumoured to be influenced by funk acts like Prince and OutKast.
She currently has no shows on the horizon after touring extensively last year, but don’t be surprised if a surprise concert is announced very soon.