EXCLUSIVE: JLS star reveals show details as UK tour heads this way
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Everybody Say JLS: The Hits Tour – full details below and tickets at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com – will feature not just their own greatest hits but other ‘bangers’, from the naughties to present day, in a DJ battle of the bandmates.
JB, real name Jonathan Benjamin, told how he will partner Aston Merrygold in the high energy DJ showdown against Oritsé Williams and Marvin Humes.
And In the exclusive video chat with Graham Walker – watch in full above – he also revealed chart-topping UK rapper Tinchy Stryder will be joining them as special support on the 18 date, 14 venue tour.
It includes October stops at Dublin 3Arena, Belfast SSE Arena, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, Bournemouth International Centre, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, Utilita Arena Birmingham and Utilita Arena Cardiff .
Phenomenal public demand for pre-sale tickets, including some sold out dates, led to two extra performances being added at Utilita Arena Birmingham, October 27, and Utilita Arena Cardiff, October 31 – plus an extra matinee performance at Utilita Arena Newcastle on November 4.
One of the biggest bands on the planet - selling more than 10 million records worldwide - JLS number ones include Everybody In Love, The Club Is Alive, Love You More, She Makes Me Wanna and classic debut Beat Again.
JB promised fans will get all those and more. He said: "It's gonna be all the hits that everybody knows and loves, all the energetic dance routines that you'll have seen us perform over the years.
"But we're going to be adding a few twists.
"We're doing something unique and different for the first time ever, we're going to be doing a DJ set - like a DJ battle kind of thing between the four of us.
"I'm going to be partnered with Aston. Oritsé is partnered with Marvin and basically we're gonna go head to head playing bangers from everybody's favourite artists, from the naughties all the way up to the present day.
"On the last tour we had lots of DJs come support us. It absolutely hyped the crowd with an amazing interaction. And I think it's great for us to be able to bring people the songs they love, amongst all the hits that we're going to perform. We're really excited about it.
"We're in rehearsals at the moment and obviously looking forward to get everything together and put on an incredible show.
"And we've got some extra special support acts as well. We've got Tinchy Stryder with us which is the first time we've worked with him, but of course we've got a great relationship with him over the years, so we're looking forward to welcoming him on the tour as well.
"It's gonna be good, an incredible night. So come down and check your boys out."
One of the biggest bands on the planet - selling more than 10 million records worldwide - their chart-topping smashes include Everybody In Love, The Club Is Alive, Love You More, She Makes Me Wanna and classic debut Beat Again.
They broke millions of hearts when they splitting in 2013.
But JLS’s 2021 Beat Again reunion comeback tour proved to be one of the hottest tickets for years, with phenomenal public demand seeing the reunited quartet having to extend their initial 16 scheduled shows to a 29 date tour of arenas across the UK and Ireland and they performed to a total of more than 350,000 people.
They also returned to the charts when their album 2.0 debuted at #4, with the songs Eternal Love and Day One becoming new fan favourites as the tour progressed.
Each band member has had their own successful careers outside of JLS.
JB admits he's almost got a double life, juggling between the glitzzy life of a pop superstar and mucking out as a farmer. He has an 11-acre pigs and turkey farm in Kent
The 36-year-old married father of two says he's been able to feel the pain of TV's Jeremy Clarkson, whose hit show Clarkson's Farm shows the challenges of running a farm.
JB, who has not dismissed the idea of his own TV farm show, said: "One instance really sticks out, when I first started, with almost 70 of pigs on site. I surprised my wife by joining her on holiday. My phone was off and she had been calling me literally non stop to say the pigs had got out into one of the neighbour's fields.
"I'm halfway across the world and I had to get somebody who was looking things for me to go make sure everything's okay and muck out."
JB has appeared on TV farming shows including Countryfile and Friday on the Farm with Barnsley's Cannon Hall Farm based brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson. He has a Channel Five show with his family called Cooking with the Gills and he recently released a farm based children’s best-selling book Ace and the Animal Heroes: The Big Farm Rescue. He’s currently writing book two in the series.
He said: "It's tough with any farm - there's always stuff going on every single day of the year. That's why my focus is specifically on the turkeys. It's seasonal, so it means that I have a bit of time in other parts of the year to do other projects and other things." I'm very happily married and I've got a fantastic support network around me, not least my wife"There's always things happening on the farm. You have to juggle things. I literally come off this tour, and then I'm straight into Christmas with the turkeys. So it's gonna be full on."
Everybody Say JLS: The Hits Tour 2023
20th - Dublin 3Arena
21st - Belfast SSE Arena
23rd - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
24th - Bournemouth International Centre SOLD OUT
26th - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
27th - Utilita Arena Birmingham (ADDED DATE)
28th - Utilita Arena Birmingham
30th - Utilita Arena Cardiff SOLD OUT
31st - Utilita Arena Cardiff (ADDED DATE)
2nd - Manchester AO Arena
3rd - Glasgow OVO Hydro
4th - Utilita Arena Newcastle (matinee – ADDED)
4th – Utilita Arena Newcastle SOLD OUT
6th - Brighton Centre SOLD OUT
7th - Leeds First Direct Arena
9th - The O2 London
10th - The O2 London SOLD OUT
11th - Utilita Arena Sheffield