Thursday 29 June 2017

X Factor winner James Arthur announces 3Arena date on 'comeback' tour following public breakdown

James Arthur's single Impossible has notched up a sales record for The X Factor
James Arthur's single Impossible has notched up a sales record for The X Factor
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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James Arthur has announced an Irish date at the 3Arena on November 21.

Having bagged the X Factor's biggest winner's song of all time with Impossible in December 2012, the British artist subsequently fell foul of the public with a series of controversies.

After he used a homophobic slur to take down Croydon battle rapper Micky Worthless he was forced to apologise and defend himself against criticism from the LGBT community and public.

The 28 year old star admits he 'cracked' and suffered a breakdown.  And last summer he was attacked with a pint glass by Christopher Revell and received five staples in his skull.

British singer and songwriter James Arthur poses on the red carpet arriving for the BRIT Awards 2017 in London on February 22, 2017. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N / (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer and songwriter James Arthur poses on the red carpet arriving for the BRIT Awards 2017 in London on February 22, 2017. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N / (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

However, he has bounced back from his troubles with the aptly titled new album, Back from the edge, and tour which includes the Irish date.

“Those two years have benefited me a lot. I’ve used the time well and actively participated in my new album a lot more than I did on the first one.”

He's anxious to convey just how involved he was this time around.

"There’s a lot of my personality in the album. It’s about love, hope, and the challenge of having your own back. However, this time, I wasn’t only songwriter but co-producer as well, working up to eight hours in the studio every day. I put my own ideas into effect and got involved in great detail.”

He adds, “I grew up with my mother’s soul music, but my father loves hardrock like AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. You get a little bit of everything on this album – but in essence, it’s very consciously a pop album.”

“I’m absolutely happy with the album I’ve made. I’ve enjoyed every minute in the studio, and I’m ready for this new chapter everything that’s going to happen with it.”

Ella Henderson performing on the Virgin Media Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Ella Henderson performing on the Virgin Media Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Arthur will be supported on the night by fellow former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson who is currently working on her second album.

Her debut went platinum in the first week of released and reached number 1 in the UK album charts in 2014.

Tickets from €37 go on sale this Friday from Ticketmaster.

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