Backstage: Taylor Swift, Slipknot and more

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Taylor Swift has confirmed North American stadium dates for her first world tour in five years.

The North American leg of her The Eras Tour will begin at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona in March 2023 and run through to August, with the final two shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Swift will play 27 shows in total in the US, with dates confirmed for huge stadiums in major cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Houston.

Swift has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program, with registration open until November 9. Registered fans who receive a code will have exclusive access to purchase tickets on Tuesday, November 15. Only fans that have received a unique code will have the chance to purchase tickets starting at $49 up to $449. In addition, VIP packages will start at $199 up to $899 on a first come, first served basis.

Public on-sale begins Friday, November 18 at 10am local venue time.

The Eras Tour will be supported by Paramore, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, girl in red, MUNA, HAIM, GAYLE, Gracie Abrams, and OWENN. It will be produced by Taylor Swift Touring and promoted by the Messina Touring Group (MTG).

Shania Twain will give British and Irish fans the first chance to see her live in nearly five years, when her Queen of Me tour kicks off in September 2023 at London’s O2 Arena.

The country pop singer will also play Dublin’s 3Arena, Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena, AO Arena in Manchester and Utilita Arena Birmingham. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday, November 4 at 9am.

The UK and Ireland leg comes after a long run in North America, with dates scheduled between April and July.

Backstreet Boys have announced their 2023 Asia tour dates, including stops in Tokyo, Manila and Singapore.

The veteran boyband will perform six dates in Asia in February as part of their ‘DNA’ world tour, starting with a three-night run in Tokyo’s Ariake Arena before heading to Kaiohsung Arena in Taiwan. They will then play at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila before capping off the Asia tour with a concert in the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Tickets for the Singapore concert go on sale this November 10 via TicketMaster with prices ranging from SGD168 to SGD328. Fan Club presales are set to start on November 7 from 10am local time on the Backstreet Boys website.

Metal band Slipknot have announced a European headline tour for 2023 to promote their new ‘The End So Far’ album.

Kicking off in Nickelsdorf, Austria on June 7, the run will also see the band perform in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin and other locations throughout that month.

Britpop legends Pulp have announced a comeback tour as they play their first shows together since 2012.

Jarvis Cocker’s band have confirmed the dates for their 2023 reunion tour, which features headline slots at Latitude and TRNSMT festivals, two hometown headline shows in Sheffield’s Utilita Arena and a London gig at Finsbury Park. The Pulp tour will begin in Bridlington on May 26 next year, with gigs in Warrington, Dublin, London, Glasgow, Scarborough, Cardiff and Sheffield.

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