Rita Ora and James Arthur to Headline Hits Live Manchester 2023

Excitement is building as Manchester prepares to welcome a stellar lineup of music superstars for Hits Live Manchester 2023, presented by Holiday Inn Express. Among the headliners are Rita Ora and James Arthur, who are set to grace the stage at the AO Arena on November 25, delivering a night of unforgettable performances. Joining them are a talented array of artists, including Busted, Lost Frequencies, Maisie Peters, Cian Ducrot, Calum Scott, and Tom Walker.

The Return of Rita Ora and James Arthur

Rita Ora and James Arthur, both renowned pop icons, are no strangers to the spotlight. Interestingly, they share a bit of history, having briefly dated in 2013. Now, they’re reuniting on stage to light up Manchester with their music.

Rita Ora, known for hits like ‘Praising You,’ expressed her excitement, saying, “I’ll be having a big party! I just really want people to have a good time and dance. At Hits Live, you just have to bang out the hits back-to-back, so it’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait!” With her infectious energy and chart-topping tracks, Rita Ora is sure to create an electrifying atmosphere in Manchester.

Who’s Performing at Hits Live in 2023?


  • Cian Ducrot
  • Mae Stephens
  • Anne-Marie
  • Jax Jones
  • Calum Scott
  • Becky Hill
  • Tom Grennan
  • Busted


  • Cian Ducrot
  • James Arthur
  • Maisie Peters
  • Lost Frequencies
  • Calum Scott
  • Tom Walker
  • Rita Ora
  • Busted

A Star-Studded Lineup

Rita Ora and James Arthur aren’t the only stars in the constellation of Hits Live Manchester 2023. They will be joined by a roster of incredible talents, each bringing their own unique sound and style to the stage.

  • Busted: The British pop-rock band that has captivated audiences for years with their catchy tunes and dynamic performances.
  • Lost Frequencies: A DJ and music producer known for his chart-topping electronic tracks that are bound to get the crowd moving.
  • Maisie Peters: An emerging singer-songwriter whose soulful and emotive music has been gaining widespread acclaim.
  • Cian Ducrot: A talented musician and songwriter who has been making waves with his heartfelt compositions.
  • Calum Scott: Known for his soulful vocals and emotional ballads, Calum Scott is sure to leave a lasting impression.
  • Tom Walker: A singer-songwriter with a distinctive voice and a knack for crafting poignant songs.

This lineup promises an unforgettable evening of music that spans genres and generations.

Hits Live Birmingham: Another Musical Extravaganza

If you’re not in Manchester but still want to experience the Hits Live magic, Hits Live Birmingham is another event you won’t want to miss. Taking place at Resorts World Arena on November 24, this sister event offers a star-studded lineup of its own.

  • Tom Grennan: Known for his powerful voice and anthemic tracks, Tom Grennan is sure to deliver a high-energy performance.
  • Becky Hill: A British singer-songwriter and DJ who has been dominating the charts with her infectious hits.
  • Anne-Marie: With her pop anthems and captivating stage presence, Anne-Marie is a force to be reckoned with.
  • DJ Jax Jones: A talented DJ and music producer who knows how to get the party started.
  • Cian Ducrot (Yes, he’s performing at both events!): Double the chance to experience his soul-stirring music.

Fleur East Returns to Host

The vibrant ‘Hits Radio Breakfast’ presenter, Fleur East, is set to return as the host for both Hits Live Manchester and Hits Live Birmingham. Known for her infectious energy and charismatic stage presence, Fleur East will undoubtedly add to the excitement of the concerts.

She enthusiastically shared the lineup news on her show, saying, “Hits Live Birmingham is back! The crowds are always insane at Resorts World Arena, and I can’t wait to introduce the incredible line-up of acts we have this year. I know they’re going to be bringing the vibes, and it’s going to be an epic night. I will see you there!”

Get Your Tickets

Tickets for Hits Live Birmingham are already on sale, starting at £53.40, and can be purchased from The Ticket Factory. For those eager to experience Hits Live Manchester, tickets are available starting at £43.50 via Ticketmaster. These events promise to be unforgettable nights of music, so don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement. Get your tickets now and mark your calendars for a musical journey you won’t soon forget!

How to Get Your Tickets

If you’re eager to be part of Hits Live 2023, here’s how you can secure your tickets:

Birmingham: Tickets are available from the following ticket providers:

  • Aloud.com
  • Ticket Factory
  • Ticketmaster

Manchester: You can purchase tickets from the following ticket providers:

  • Aloud.com
  • Ticketmaster

Act fast, as these tickets are sure to sell out quickly!

Where and When?

  • Hits Live Birmingham: The Birmingham event will take place at the Resorts World Arena on Friday, November 24, 2023.
  • Hits Live Manchester: Manchester’s turn comes at the AO Arena on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Event Timing

Stay tuned for more information regarding event timings, as it will be provided closer to the dates.

Parking Information

Ensuring you have a smooth experience, here’s what you need to know about parking at the venues:

Resorts World Arena, Birmingham:

  • Outside food and drink are not allowed.
  • It’s recommended not to bring a bag, but if you do, please keep it small (not larger than an A3 sheet of paper). Larger bags may not be permitted.
  • If you can’t return an oversized bag to your vehicle or hotel, a £10 charge for off-site storage will apply.

AO Arena, Manchester:

  • No outside food or drink is allowed.
  • Small bags are permitted, but they must be smaller than an A3 piece of paper (approximately 35cm(W) x 40cm(H) x 19cm(D)). Backpacks, holdalls, and oversized bags are not allowed.
  • There are no storage facilities or cloakrooms at the arena.

Safety Measures

Your safety is paramount, and the venues are taking several measures to ensure a secure environment, including:

  • Walk-through metal detectors
  • Bag searches
  • Ticket and pass checks
  • Presence of police officers on site
  • Use of sniffer dogs

These measures may not always be visible but are part of comprehensive security and customer service checks conducted by arena staff.

Hits Live urges all visitors to stay vigilant and reassures them that safety remains the utmost priority.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a musical extravaganza like no other as Hits Live 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with chart-toppers, electrifying performances, and memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this spectacular event – get your tickets now and prepare for a night of music you won’t soon forget!

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