Tarja adds UK dates to The Shadow Shows tour

Tarja Turunen
Tarja Turunen (Image credit: Getty)

Tarja Turunen has added two UK dates to her The Shadow Shows tour.

She’ll play Manchester’s Academy 2 on March 9 and London’s Koko on March 10, 2017, in support of her recent rock outing The Shadow Self, which launched in August via earMusic.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (October 28) from 10am GMT via www.myticket.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

The former Nightwish singer recently told Metal Hammer that despite the shock of her departure from the band 10 years ago, she has no regrets.

She said: “Everything is different nowadays. I have a career, I have my audience, and a life as an artist. I can also be free. It’s unbelievable to be able to choose things, or choose how to do things, and with whom to work. That freedom is something I would never give away.”

Turunen recorded five albums with Nightwish – her final appearance coming on 2004’s Once, which spawned the band’s breakthrough track Nero.

Reflecting on the song’s success, Turunen tells the new issue of Metal Hammer: “The video was dark, but striking and colourful – and it was very gothic. We had this idea for the red coat, a very strong colour against the now falling.

“If you think of symphonic metal bands with female singers, they’re usually dressed in black. I was always the weird girl with the weird voice, the operatic vocals, and then I wore this red coat.

“I still see girls at my shows dressed like me, so I guess it was really powerful.”

Issue 289 of Metal Hammer magazine is available now in print and via TeamRock+.

The Tarja tour poster

The Tarja tour poster

Tarja Turunen tour dates

Nov 04: Lisbon Aula Magna, Portugal
Nov 05: Madrid Joy Eslava, Spain
Nov 06: Barcelona Barts, Spain
Nov 08: Lyon Villeurbanne Le Transbordeur, France
Nov 09: Paris Casino De Paris, France
Nov 28: Florence Obihall Teatro Di Firenze, Italy
Nov 29: Assago Teatro Della Luna, Italy
Dec 01: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Dec 02: Kosice Angels Arena, Slovakia
Dec 03: Zlin Sportovni Hala Euronics, Czech Republic
Dec 05: Warsaw Music Zone, Poland
Dec 06: Wroclaw Stadium, Poland
Dec 07: Bratislava MMC Caffe, Slovakia
Dec 19: Lahti Sibeliustalo, Finland
Dec 22: Krasnogorsk Vegas Crocus City Hall, Russia
Feb 01: Budapest Barba Negra, Hungary
Mar 09: Manchester Academy 2, UK
Mar 10: London Koko, UK

Tarja live review – London, Forum

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