Six shows coming to M&S Bank Arena in 2023
Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena has seen some big names take to the stage since the venue first opened in Capital of Culture year – and in May it’s set to host the biggest musical event of its life when Eurovision arrives in the city.
But while the song contest is likely to create plenty of headlines, it’s not the only show in town during 2023.
In fact, whatever your taste, there’s plenty of live music to enjoy at the waterfront landmark throughout the next 12 months and some stellar names from more than 50 years of music-making heading our way.
From pop and rock to top tribute artists and classical superstars, the arena will host a wide range of shows between now and Christmas.
Here are just six stellar shows heading for the M&S Bank Arena in 2023.
Lewis Capaldi – January 19
His second album Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent is being released by EMI in May.
But Lewis Capaldi fans don’t have to wait until then to hear the new song, including the chart topping Forget Me with its unforgettable video paying homage - frame by frame - to Wham’s 1983 hit Club Tropicana.
Meanwhile the new album features plenty of the Scottish singer-songwriter’s refreshing full-force honesty.
Elton John – March 23-24
Elton John’s long-awaited, much anticipated, re-re-re-rescheduled Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour arrives at the M&S Bank Arena ahead of Easter.
The 76-year-old superstar was due to bring his swansong show (which began its five-continent tour in the US in 2018) to the waterfront three years ago. Then Covid struck – and finally, Liverpool’s successful bid to host Eurovision saw it moved in the schedules yet again.
Still, good things come to those that wait, and the opening night will be Elton’s first European date of 2023. Fans can expect all those massive hits from a stellar career which stretches over half-a-century.
Pet Shop Boys – June 23
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have sold more than 50 million records worldwide since their 1986 breakthrough number one West End Girls.
Now the synth pop duo are taking their (many) biggest hits on tour in Dreamworld: Greatest Hits Live, with a midsummer stop in Liverpool as one of four extra dates after the original tour run sold out.
If the Pet Shop Boys are always on your mind then you won’t want to miss this chance to catch them live.
Olly Murs – August 22
X Factor’s Olly Murs has been judging other singers from his chair on The Voice, but now he returns to live performance himself with a tour which arrives in Liverpool on August 22.
The chart-topper (he has four number one singles and four number one albums to his name) recently signed to EMI and released his first studio album in four years, Marry Me, just before Christmas 2022.
He is supported on tour by the brilliant Scouting for Girls.
Echo and the Bunnymen – September 16
In 2015, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joined musical forces to close that summer’s LIMF in Sefton Park.
Now band and orchestra are reuniting for a series of dates – including this one on home turf – in which they will collaborate to perform the Bunnymen’s 1984 album Ocean Rain in its entirety.
Almost 40 years on there’s another chance to enjoy the seminal album, which was originally recorded with a 35-piece orchestra and includes The Killing Moon along with singles Seven Seas and Silver.
Leona Lewis – December 9
It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than in the company of Leona Lewis?
The multi Grammy and BRIT Award-nominated singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2006 when, aged just 21, she won the third series of the X Factor.
Now she’s coming to the waterfront arena as part of a major festive tour, promising an evening of seasonal classics with the release of Christmas, With Love Always – a special repackaged 10th anniversary celebration of her album Christmas, With Love.