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Roxy Music frontman and solo performer Bryan Ferry is to embark on a major UK tour in the autumn.

This will be his first since the Dylanesque tour in 2007.

The tour will feature both his usual band and also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, with whom he has just released the highly acclaimed instrumental The Jazz Age album.

Bryan Ferry will be performing an eclectic selection of songs chosen from across his whole career to celebrate his 40 years as a singer and songwriter.

As well as returning to The Royal Albert Hall in London for the ninth time in his career, Bryan will perform at many theatres he played before with both Roxy Music and as a solo artist.

The tour includes a performance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Monday, October 28, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £35-£65. For availability, go to www.trch.co.uk or 0115 989 5555

n Meanwhile, Mercury prize winners M People have announced a massive UK tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary since release of seminal album Elegant Slumming, and they will be touring as a full live band.

M People emerged out of the club scene in Manchester in the early nineties and became one of the world’s biggest dance acts, selling more than 11 million records.

With the unmistakable voice of Heather Small joining Paul Heard, Shovell and founder Mike Pickering, M People released 20 Top 40 singles, including ten Top Ten hits including Moving On Up, Search For The Hero and One Night In Heaven.

M People’s first album, the acclaimed Northern Soul, was released in 1992 and was hailed as one of the best dance albums of that year and included their first top 10 single How Can I love You More.

It wasn’t until the band’s line-up was complete in 1993 with the addition of percussionist Shovell that M People went onto win a Brit Award and the prestigious Mercury Music Prize with their second album Elegant Slumming.

M People’s third album, 1994’s Bizarre Fruit stayed in the UK chart for two and a half years, saw the band win another Brit Award and play the main stage at Glastonbury Festival.

A few years later the band produced fourth album Fresco.

This October will be M People’s first full tour in eight years following their Ultimate Collection arena dates in 2005 and sees Heather Small, Paul Heard and Shovell take on 14 dates across the country including a massive show at Manchester Arena.

Heather said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road with the guys again.

“It’s been eight years since we last toured together and we always have such fun, you can expect a big party on that stage!”

The tour comes to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on October 16.

n The Drifters will be bringing their Diamond Dynasty 60th Anniversary Tour to Derby’s Assembly Rooms on Friday, May 31 at 7.30pm.

The tours feature the current line-up of Pierre Herelle, Michael Williams, Ryan King and Carlton Powell.

Now in their 60th year, The Drifters have seen massive chart success on both sides of the Atlantic and across the world, with over 114 million album sales, 214 million singles sales and a vast catalogue of hits.

Billed as the Diamond Dynasty World Tour, the concert celebrates the timeless appeal of the brands hits over the last 60 years.

The current recording line up of The Drifters will perform the group’s greatest hits and new material recorded by them from album releases Five Decades and Moore (Atlantic/Rhino) in 2009 and Up on the Roof the greatest hits album (Sony Music) in 2011.

Current Drifters line up member Pierre Herelle said: “We are very proud to be fronting the 60th Anniversary of this great brand.

“The Drifters music is very uplifting and upbeat and the new recordings have been a great success with public.”

Tickets, priced at £26.25, concessions £24.25, are available through the box office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk