10 great bands to see live in 2017

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So now 2016 is done and dusted, it’s time to start looking ahead and planning which bands you want to see in 2017. Whatever your taste in music – from rock legends to chart-topping girl bands to up-and-coming indie bands – here’s our definitive list of some great live bands to see this year.

Little Mix

Everybody’s favourite girl band, Little Mix, are embarking on a world tour in 2017. They’ll be appearing at arenas across the UK in October and November, kicking off in Aberdeen on 9 October.

Rag‘n’Bone Man

He might not be a band as such, but he’s probably one of the most in-demand artists to see this year so we just had to include him! The 31-year-old British singer songwriter has stormed the singles charts with his track ‘Human’ and looks set to make waves across the country when he heads out on tour in April.

The xx

Minimalist indie band The xx are embarking on a large European and UK tour in 2017 to launch their third album, ‘I See You’. They’ll hit the UK in March, taking in Nottingham, Manchester, London and Cardiff.

You Me At Six

It was back in 2008 that we started to see You Me At Six making a name for themselves with their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ which had a plethora of radio-friendly hits to draw in the crowds. Now, nearly 10 years later, they are setting off on their next UK tour this April, starting with Manchester on 2 April.

The Hunna

One of the most anticipated musical offerings from last year came in the form of The Hunna, an English band with a transatlantic sound that has attracted a strong following from indie rock fans. Heading out on their first headline UK tour this January, The Hunna is a band you should definitely catch live.


February and March will see Elbow head out on their biggest tour since 2008, touring their self-titled seventh studio album. It’s the first show since drummer Richard Jupp left the band in 2016 after 25 years. The tour will take in 11 venues in the UK and Ireland.

Deaf Havana

Formed back in 2005, Deaf Havana have had a slow steady rise, with a legion of fans now looking forward to their February 2017 UK tour. Championed by radio stations such as Radio 1, Deaf Havana are fantastic live and will be sure to put on a great set of shows this year.


Five-piece northern indie band Blossoms will be hitting the road in March and April 2017, playing their biggest headline shows to date. Supported by The Courteeners, Blossoms will play 17 venues during the UK and Ireland leg of their European tour, kicking off in Belfast on 8 March.

Kings of Leon

Huge US rock band Kings of Leon are playing a five-date UK arena tour in February 2017. The band will be playing Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow to mark the launch of their new album ‘WALLS’.


After being the first band to be confirmed for Glastonbury 2017, UK rock legends Radiohead announced a European tour in June and July which includes dates in Dublin and Manchester. Catch them at the 3 Arena, Dublin on 20 June or at Manchester Arena on 4 and 5 July.

To buy tickets and keep an eye on the latest tour announcements, visit GetToTheFront.co.uk

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