The Weeknd announces UK tour – including Glasgow gig

Canadian R&B star The Weeknd has announced details of a UK headline tour for 2017, which includes a visit to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on March 10.

The singer, who cleaned up at the annual Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas earlier this year, winning eight awards, including the prize for top R&B album for Beauty Behind The Madness, will hit the UK in March for a series of arena shows where he will play tracks from soon-to-be-released new album, Starboy.

The album, which will be released on November 25, is his third studio LP and features a guest appearance from Daft Punk on the title track. The single topped the charts in seven countries.

The only other song on the tracklisting to be confirmed is False Alarm. The track was shared online on October 11.

He will play six shows across the UK, starting at Manchester Arena on March 5. The tour will then move onto London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham, before wrapping up in Leeds on March 14.

The Weeknd – real name Abęl Tesfaye – was close to tears as he dedicated one of his wins at the Billboard Music Awards to his hero, Prince.

The 26-year-old said: “I didn’t know him but he was very close to me. He helped me push the envelope as well as doing the same to every artist forever. Rest in peace Prince.”

He was due to play at Hampden Park in Glasgow as the support act for US superstar Rihanna in the summer, but pulled out due to ‘unforeseen changes with upcoming projects’.

The Weeknd will play:

Manchester, Arena (March 5)
London, The O2 (March 7, 8)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (March 10)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (March 11)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (March 13)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (March 14)

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