Ariana Grande is on her biggest European tour to date – and it’s coming to Birmingham.
The American singer kicked off the European leg of The Dangerous Woman Tour in Stockholm, Sweden. It includes 18 dates.
Who is Ariana Grande?
Multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated Ariana found fame with Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. She was offered a recording contract and released her debut album Yours Truly in 2013.
That first album went to No1 on the Billboard Top 200, as did the 2014 follow-up album My Everything, which earned a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the hit Problem, which claimed multi-platinum status in Italy, Holland, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
It debuted at No 1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks.
Ariana also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs – Problem, Break Free featuring Zedd, and Bang Bang with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J – in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart.
Bang Bang went multi-platinum in Italy, Norway, Sweden and the UK and was Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Ariana had a 2016 BRIT award nomination for International Female Solo Artist and won Best International Female award at the 2016 MTV Italian Music Awards.
Ariana – whose brother Frankie appeared in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother 2016 – has had eight UK top 40 singles including chart-topper Bang Bang in 2014. Her album Dangerous Woman went to No1 in the UK.
When is Ariana Grande coming to Birmingham?
She will be at the Genting Arena on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Who’s the support act?
Support acts are rapper and singer BIA and singer Victoria Monet.
What times does the show start and finish?
Arena doors open at 6pm. Victoria Monet and BIA come on stage at 7.30pm, Ariana Grande is on stage at 9pm and the show is expected to finish at 10.30pm.
Can you still get tickets?
Tickets are priced from £40 to £62 – and there are still some available for the Genting Arena show.
You can buy them from The Ticket Factory here
What’s the setlist?
Based on her May 14 date in Amsterdam, the setlist is likely to be:
Let Me Love You
Knew Better Pt. II
One Last Time
Leave Me Lonely
Side to Side
Bang Bang (Jessie J cover)
I Don’t Care
Love Me Harder
Thinking Bout You
How to get there
The Genting Arena is part of the NEC complex.
If coming by train, make sure you arrive at Birmingham International station right next to the NEC. You might need to get a connecting train from Birmingham New Street, which takes 15 minutes.
Buses run from Birmingham Coach Station to Birmingham Airport, just minutes from the NEC. The 900 bus service also goes to the NEC every 20 minutes, with the journey taking about half an hour.
If coming by car, use the postcode B40 1NT for your satnav.
Where to park
The NEC has more than 16,000 parking spaces.
You can just turn up and pay on the day for £10. Shuttle buses run from the car parks to the arena.
Or book in advance for the same price – the advantage being that you avoid queues to pay for your stay when you go home after the show.
Express Parking costs £20 and gets you a designated space near the arena and a priority exit after the show.
Motorcycle parking is FREE.
Where to eat
There are a number of places to eat inside the arena building.
These include Great British Fish and Chips, Classic Burger Kitchen, Theo’s Street Food (Middle Eastern cuisine), NEO Pizza, Old El Paso Kitchen, Hot Wok , Nacho Bar and Made Handcrafted Cafe (which offers artisan coffees and deli sandwiches).
For sweet treats, head to Sugar Rush.
Drinks (including alcohol) are available at most of the eateries, and also at Amstel Bar and Stowford Press Bar.
Register with Q Jacker to preorder drinks and pick them up from the collection point at the Amstel Bar.
You can take food and drinks with you into your seats and come back out of the auditorium to stock up on more goodies during the show.
|Monday, May 8, 2017||Stockholm, Sweden||Friends Arena|
|Wednesday, May 10, 2017||Oslo, Norway||Telenor Arena|
|Friday, May 12, 2017||Herning, Denmark||Jyske Bank Boxen|
|Sunday, May 14, 2017||Amsterdam, Holland||Ziggo Dome|
|Thursday, May 18, 2017||Birmingham, UK||Genting Arena|
|Saturday, May 20, 2017||Dublin, Ireland||3Arena|
|Monday, May 22, 2017||Manchester, UK||Manchester Arena|
|Thursday, May 25, 2017||London, UK||The O2|
|Sunday, May 28, 2017||Antwerp, Belgium||Sportpalais|
|Thursday, June 1, 2017||Lodz, Poland||Atlas Arena|
|Saturday, June 3, 2017||Frankfurt, Germany||Festhalle|
|Monday, June 5, 2017||Zurich, Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|Wednesday, June 7, 2017||Paris, France||Accorhotels Arena|
|Friday, June 9, 2017||Lyon, France||Halle Tony Garnier|
|Sunday, June 11, 2017||Lisbon, Portugal||Meo Arena|
|Tuesday, June 13, 2017||Barcelona, Spain||Palau Sant Jordi|
|Thursday, June 15, 2017||Rome, Italy||Palalottomatica|
|Saturday, June 17, 2017||Turin, Italy||Palalpitour|