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Backstage: Demi Lovato, Kasabian and more

A round-up of the latest live music news…

Grammy-nominated artist Demi Lovato has announced a 32-date tour that will open in São Paulo, Brazil in August.

The Holy Fvck tour, named after the singer’s forthcoming album, will make stops across South and North America before wrapping up in Irving, Texas at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on November 6. Lovato will play Colombia, Argentina and Chile before switching to the US and Canada.

Tickets and VIP packages go on sale starting Friday, June 10 via the singer’s website.

“I’m so excited to get back on the road after four years without touring, and even longer since I’ve toured in South America,” said Lovato. “We’re working so hard to deliver an incredible show for all my fans and I can’t wait to see them in person to celebrate this new music.”

Kasabian have announced a series of UK tour dates for autumn after a busy summer of festival appearances across Europe.

The band, who opened for Liam Gallagher at Knebworth last week, will play Manchester, London, Cardiff and Birmingham in October and November. Tickets will go on sale on June 10.

Justin Bieber has postponed a number of forthcoming shows of his seven-leg, 130-date Justice World Tour due to illness.

The star was due to play dates in his native Canada this week but said he would not be able to play.

“Can’t believe I’m saying this. I’ve done everything to get better but my sickness is getting worse,” he wrote on social media.

“My heart breaks that I will have to postpone these next few shows (doctors orders). To all my people I love you so much and I’m gonna rest and get better.”

US rapper Snoop Dogg has cancelled his 2022 international tour dates outside the US and is to reschedule his UK and Ireland dates.

The artist was due to play Germany, France, Denmark and Finland in September, and his UK concerts included The O2 in London and the AO Arena in Manchester.

“Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, including family obligations and upcoming tv and film projects, Snoop Dogg regrets he is cancelling all upcoming non-US tour dates for the remainder of 2022,” a statement read. “He was excited to see his fans around the world and apologies to all that had already made plans to see his show. He looks forward to rescheduling the dates in the future.”

Tribute concerts for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins are to be staged at Wembley Stadium and The Kia Forum in September.

Bandmates Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family at the two shows to celebrate the life of the musician, who died in March.

Organisers said the line-ups for each show in London and Los Angeles will be announced shortly.

A statement read: “Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.”

BTS singer j-hope is to become the first South Korean artist to headline a main stage at a major US music festival when he performs at Lollapalooza 2022 next month.

Tomorrow X Together have also been confirmed, with other headliners including Metallica, Dua Lipa and Green Day.

“I’m happy to welcome j-hope and Tomorrow X Together into the Lollapalooza family,” said Lollapalooza founder, Perry Farrell.

“These artists have been given great gifts in communication. Their global audience speak different languages but possess an intense passion for their music. Lolla is the place where all music genres live in harmony. These are the superstars of the global phenomenon of K-Pop, and we are so excited to have them at this year’s festival.”