January's O2 Academy gig review

Kick-start your soundtrack to 2015 in style by checking out our top pop picks playing at an O2 Academy near you in January.

The lady of a thousand hairstyles, Jessie J, had a big 2014 stateside, rubbing shoulders with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Now she’s coming home to showcase tracks from her latest album, Sweet Talker. She’s bang, banging her way back to Glasgow (21), Newcastle (22), Manchester (24), Leeds (25), Birmingham (27)and finally Brixton (28).

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier brings his blend of haunting blues to Oxford (21) and Shepherds Bush Empire (31). Taylor Swift and Adele are fans of the self-confessed ‘gangly introvert’ with an incredible voice. So are we. Watch what happened when a Parisian choir sneaked in to a recent gig to harmonise on his smash hit, ‘Take me to Church’. Lovely stuff.

The other Jessie (Ware) brings her delicate sugary soul sound to Leeds (24), Brixton (29/30) with songs from her second album, Tough Love. Co-written with Ed Sheeran, lead single ‘Say you love me’ is a belter of a tune, and will give you chills in the best type of way. The rest of the album isn’t too shabby either.

Following a year of intense touring on the back of their third album, Stay Gold, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, better known First Aid Kit, bring their blend of dreamy 1950s bluegrass folk to the O2 Manchester Apollo on 23 January. If you haven’t heard them, check out My Silver Lining.

Which bands are you looking forward to seeing in the New Year? Let us know in the comments. And remember, thanks to Priority, O2 customers can get tickets to thousands of gigs across the UK up to 48 hours before general release. In 2014, we gave them first dibs on tickets to see Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, Michael Buble, One Direction and loads more. Make sure you don’t miss out on the hottest tickets of 2015.

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