Thu 5 Mar 2020

World Book Day: Gigs and Tours’ Top Reads


Get your reading glasses on, sit in your comfiest chair and relax, because World Book Day is here! The day aims to raise money to make sure every child and young person has access to books, and celebrates the hard work of authors around the world in all genres. So here’s some of our favourite reading material written by musicians, adventurers and chefs alike!

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jessie Ware and her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie have conquered the podcast world, and have now ventured into writing as they’ve just released their own cookbook! Their podcast is formed from chatting to guests such as Sam Smith, Sadiq Khan, Tom Kerridge, Kiefer Sutherland, Nigella Lawson, Mark Ronson and Ed Sheeran at their dinner table over a three-course meal. Table Manners: The Cookbook contains some of the best recipes these wide-range of guests have sampled, split into seven sections: Effortless, A Bit More Effort, Summertime, Desserts and Baking, Chrismukkah (a combination of Christmas, Hanukkah and other celebrations) and Jewish Food.

Jessie and Lennie are also taking their award-winning podcast on the road in for the first time later this month!

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The Soul of It AllMy Music, My Life

Michael Bolton

Multiple Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist Michael Bolton disclosed all in his 2013 autobiography The Soul of It All: My Music My Life. From performing local shows in his hometown of Connecticut at just 14 years old to being able to tell star-studded tales involving the likes of Pavarotti, Cher, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi, , this book really gives readers an AAA pass to the life of one of the most successful musicians of all time.

Catch Michael on his Love Songs Greatest Hits tour in September this year.

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The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live without Limits

Ant Middleton

This is the former solider-turned presenter and adventurer’s second book, released in late 2019, following on from the Sunday Times’ No. 1 bestseller First Man In: Leading from the Front released in 2018. This ground-breaking new non-fiction story was also awarded the Sunday Times title, and delves deep into how he maintains a positive mental attitude when faced with fear, whether it be in a warzone, prison, the top of Everest or everyday life.

Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins chief instructor will tour the UK starting in October, sharing even more Mind Over Muscle insights.

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Our Story So Far


One of the most popular British boybands in recent years released their first of two biographical books, Our Story So Far, in 2009, a year after they appeared on The X Factor. Featuring individual member’s profiles, unreleased BTS photos and exclusive info on their backgrounds and X Factor experiences, fans lapped it up and it went on to become a Sunday Times best-seller.

Tickets to JLS’ major Beat Again reunion tour are on sale now, with extra dates added due to demand!

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The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders

The Hairy Bikers

Si King and Dave Myers, AKA The Hairy Bikers, have released a small library of cookery books over their two decades together, as well as an autobiography. Their most recent is One Pot Wonders, which focuses on all the tasty dishes you can make using just one pot, from soups, salads and stews to pies, pot roasts and puddings!

The national treasures have also announced their 2020 live return due to demand with a 38-date tour across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. With their irresistible enthusiasm, The Hairy Biker’s tour offers an epic night of cooking and conversation.

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Our World

Little Mix

This autobiography follows the incredibly personal tales of each member of the UK’s hottest girlband. The X Factor winners were ground-breaking in the competition, and Our World shows the reality of this as Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie reveal all their secrets and struggles from the time. Released in 2016, it celebrates their continued success and allowed an even closer bond to form between them and their fans…

Little Mix are taking their unmissable live show to at St Helens R.F.C Stadium this June, performing some of their greatest hits including ‘Woman Like Me’, ‘Touch’, ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings’.

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A Record of Employment

Kaiser Chiefs

In 2005, Kaiser Chiefs released their debut album Employment. Now certified multi-Platinum, it put the five-piece on the map, and features their huge track ‘I Predict A Riot’. A year after its release, the indie rockers from Leeds wrote a book detailing their rise to fame as they went from being to winning three BRIT Awards (Best British Band, Best Rock Act and Best New Artist) in a short space of time.

Kaiser Chiefs have confirmed two special shows for this summer, with tickets on sale now!

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Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell

Studio Ghibli’s animations are next-to-none. From My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away to Castle in the Sky, they’re considered some of most respected creations in the movie industry. All their cinematic masterpieces are examined in this latest edition of Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, looking into how despite being distinctly Japanese, their themes are universal: humanity, community and a love for the environment.

If you love the music from the masterpiece films, you can see them performed live at Wembley Arena by the acclaimed, multiple award-winning composer, conductor and pianist Joe Hisashi and BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus.

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Time To Say Hello

Katherine Jenkins

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins became an internationally loved sensation after the world caught wind of her incredible tones. Fans learned to love her personality just as much thanks to the release of her autobiography Time To Say Hello in 2009. Taken from the title of her breakthrough song ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, she opens up about her journey to becoming the biggest selling classical artist of the century, and how she brought classical music to the masses like no one before.

Katherine will be extensively touring the UK in 2021, so don’t miss out!

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Last Orders at the Liar’s Bar: The Official Story of the Beautiful South

Mike Pattenden

Although not written by the man himself, this biography on Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s former band The Beautiful South is a must-read for fans of the pair. Journalist Mike Pattenden was allowed exclusive behind the scenes access to the band in 1999, and the result was this wonderfully informative and entertaining book: Last Orders at the Liar’s Bar: The Official Story of the Beautiful South. 

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced 3 special stripped back acoustic shows at Stockport Plaza, Blackburn King Georges Hall Windsor Suite & Chesterfield Winding Wheel to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Manchester Calling’. They will also be performing at Neighbourhood Weekender.

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