Beverley Knight to join Gary Barlow for his 2021 solo tour

Take That singer Gary Barlow will be joined by Wolverhampton-born Beverley Knight on his UK tour in 2021, it has been announced.

Beverley Knight and Gary Barlow during the Crooner Sessions
Beverley Knight and Gary Barlow during the Crooner Sessions

Gary Barlow is set to tour the country on a new solo tour next year – with a show at Birmingham's Utilita Arena in June.

'Music Played By Humans – The Tour' will feature special guest Beverley Knight, who also features on Gary's new album.

It comes after Beverley and Gary teamed up for a virtual duet during the coronavirus lockdown. Swapping arena stages for casual clothes and the comfort of their own homes, singer/songwriter Knight posted a clip on her Instagram featuring herself and Barlow during a video call dueting hit song I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.

The video, created as part of The Crooner Sessions hosted by Barlow on his Instagram page, has since had tens of thousands of views.

Beverley Knight at the 120th anniversary gala of Birmingham Hippodrome

Gary and Beverley will perform at the Utilita Arena on June 18, 2021. He will perform hits from his new album and his three-decade long career on his tour, which will also feature a full orchestra.

Last week, Gary announced he would release his first solo album in seven years, Music Played By Humans, on November 27. The first single, Elita, features Michael Buble and Sebastian Yatra.

Gary Barlow

He said: "I love performing. I have missed it so much.

"I am excited to think about how the new songs on the album will sound live and with an audience.

"I am just really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone again.”

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday through www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0344 338 8222.

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