To look at fresh-faced Hawaiian soul-pop dignitary Bruno Mars, you'd swear he was straight out of high school. Surprisingly, he's been around for nigh-on a decade, filling in time as a songwriter for others and a producer for more names than he'd probably care to remember.
It was only in 2009 when Bruno Mars finally made good for himself, signing for Motown, guesting on singles by B.O.B. ("Nothin' On You") and Travie McCoy ("Billionaire") before finally getting a piece of the pie with the solo not-Billy-Joel smash debut, "Just the Way You Are". The attendant debut-album, "Doo-Wops and Hooligans" occupied the #1 spot in no less than six countries, including the UK - all of which explains why he's heading this way in the autumn!
Of course, he's had another successful album since 2010 - last year's "Unorthodox Jukebox" repeated what "Doo-Wops..." achieved by clambering to #1 and selling well over 100,000 copies. His release schedule probably won't calm down in 2013 either - the gooey "When I Was Your Man" sauntered into the charts last month.
And so to live shows - the Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle tour will fly to the UK and Ireland in the autumn with Belfast nominated as the first stop on 2nd October, followed by Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Sheffield on the 12th.
Tickets on sale now, priced at £38.50 - £39.50. These will sell out.