Meteoric rises within the music scene come in all shapes and sizes, normally applied by the (ever so trustworthy) media and often applied to artists' careers that have, by fair means or foul, exceeded expectations. Boy bands have existed for as long as men could sing - barbershop quartets, The Jacksons, The Osmonds, The Monkees, even The Beatles, have been examples of them in some form or other. In later years, Take That, Westlife and Boyzone have all successfully sold out hundreds of concerts during the past couple of decades and shifted some serious units when it comes to CD sales. And kept a few women (and men) busy fantasising while their partners were away on business.
The Wanted are the latest of the genre to cause major palpitations, as proven by their first theatre tour in the spring - pretty much all of the shows sold out. Prior to this, their debut album scored a Top 5 hit and spawned a number 1 single in the shape of "All Time Low". Their recent single, "Glad You Came", has just done the same, which bodes well for their swiftly-completed second album, as yet untitled but due for release in November, just in time for Christmas.
For 2012, The Wanted have announced a major arena tour that will begin in Nottingham on 15th February, followed by more arenas in Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton etc until finishing off in London on 3rd March. Tickets for all shows will cost £19.50 and we will have them from 9am this Friday - it is expected that all shows will sell out pretty quickly.
If you can't wait until next year, you can still get tickets for Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday evening (£31.50), Glamorgan's Ponty's Big Weekend on Saturday (£15), Newmarket Racecourse on 29th July (£21), Lake Meadows Park in Essex on 6th August (£31.50) and Pop Party in the Park 2011 at Clumber Park on 19th Aug (£32.95).