Three Essential Pop Tours in March

Music truly comes alive when you hear it performed in person — especially pop music! The best artists not only sing their hits, but they put on a full stage show complete with choreography, costume changes, and even, sometimes, a narrative story line. March promises some marquee names on tour throughout the U.K. So will the three of these deliver?


Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

What female wannabe pop singer from the new crop could match up to the legendary Australian queen Kylie Minogue? Not many! Now in her early ’40s, Minogue seems to get better with age — or rather, not age at all. She continues to release high-energy dance-pop anthems that never fail to achieve massive success, and her live shows are prized as all-out sensory extravaganzas. Her eleventh and most recent studio album, Aphrodite, gave her a number-one hit in the U.K. last year in “All the Lovers,” and her spring outing should be celebratory indeed.


The tour starts 28 March at Glasgow SECC, and ends 8 April at London’s O2 Arena. Visit for full details.



Rumer - photo by Kevin Westenberg


British-Pakistani singer-songwriter Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) is quickly becoming one of the runaway success stories of early 2011. Under another pseudonym, Sarah Prentice, she reached moderate success about a decade ago in a more indie style of group called La Honda, but her debut solo album, released late last year, has proved to be her big break.

Although it’s singer-songwriter music, it isn’t dour, but rather draws from the best pop tradition of artists like Burt Bacharach, a noted fan. He’s not the only high-profile supporter of Rumer’s — Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, and Elton John have all sung (pardon the pun) her phrases. So her upcoming U.K. tour may be one of the last in which fans can catch her at mid-size venues.


The tour starts 21 March at Colston Hall, Bristol, and ends 3 April at Bridgewater Hall Manchester. Visit for full details.


McFly, performing at the 2012 Party in the Mall, London


Long after totally manufactured boy bands like N Sync and Backstreet Boys started to fade, McFly found major success by taking the cute-boy formula and pumping it up with actual musicianship. Though they boasted good looks, singalong songs, a powerful management team, and initial promotion by Busted, the quartet actually wrote music and played instruments, and as such have enjoyed a much greater longevity.

Since McFly’s debut in 2003, the band has continued to release albums at a steady clip every year or two, the latest being last year’s Above the Noise, on its own label, Super Records. The third single from the album, “That’s Truth,” is currently making the radio rounds, and the band is playing several U.K. dates throughout the spring to support the record.


The tour starts 12 March at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, and ends 1 April at Wembley Arena in London. Visit for full details.


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