Singer Adele
Singer Adele

A look at the year ahead in entertainment

THERE'S no excuse for boredom in the year ahead. The creative worlds of film, television are music are looking brighter than a full-flood spotlight with offerings to please any taste.

While 2016 took many legends from us, 2017 promises to bring plenty more to our shores and screens.

Big names like Adele and The Dixie Chicks have proven punters are still willing to open their wallets to see their favourite performers in concert, while television viewers are enjoying more choice than ever before thanks to streaming and catch-up services as well as the traditional broadcasters.

Here's a look at the year ahead in entertainment:

Concerts

The record-breaking CMC Rocks QLD 2016, which descended on Ipswich's Willowbank Raceway from 11-13 March, is the southern hemisphere's largest international country and roots festival and drives the latest Australian album charts, with 10 country artists appearing in the ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart, 9 of which performed at the festival.
The record-breaking CMC Rocks QLD 2016, which descended on Ipswich's Willowbank Raceway from 11-13 March, is the southern hemisphere's largest international country and roots festival and drives the latest Australian album charts, with 10 country artists appearing in the ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart, 9 of which performed at the festival. Dave Kan

COUNT yourself lucky if you got your hands on tickets to Adele's first-ever Australian tour. The British chart-topper, who was recently named Billboard's Top Artist of 2016, is expected to rake in millions for her headline stadium shows in late February and March.

Bruce Springsteen will spend nearly a month Down Under for his Summer '17 Tour with the E Street Band. The Boss was last on our shores in 2014 for a sold-out tour. His upcoming tour will include a special performance at Christchurch's AMI Stadium on the eve of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake anniversary.

Guns N' Roses also lands in February for a capital cities run. The tour will mark the first time that founder Axl Rose and former members,  Slash and Duff McKagan have played together for Australian fans since their i 1993 Use Your Illusion tour.

American country music royalty will also be in the country in March. The Dixie Chicks were such a big get for CMC Rocks, festival organisers changed the 2017 event's already scheduled dates to accommodate the all-female trio.

If comedy is more you're thing, then there's also Jerry Seinfeld's five-city stand-up tour in August. It will be the first time the Seinfeld star has toured Australia in nearly 20 years - he last performed live in Sydney and Melbourne in June 1998.

Television

Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from the Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones.
Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from the Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones. Helen Sloan

Fans are chomping at the bit to finally see two of its biggest characters - Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow - finally meet, or at least reside on the same continent. The hype will be shorter lived, though, with showrunners already confirming the season will only go for seven episodes.

Upcoming new fantasy series American Gods is expected to gain a following similar to Westworld. Starring Australian actress Emily Browning alongside The 100's Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane and Gillian Anderson, the drama follows an ex-con who gets caught up in an epic battle between old and new gods.

Domestically, one of the most exciting TV offerings of 2017 is the return of Russell Coight. It will be interesting to see where Glenn Robbins takes his accident-prone survival and wildlife expert 15 years after the hit show Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures last aired. His exploits will soon entertain a new generation.

Music

Lorde arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Lorde arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Evan Agostini

KIWI songtress Lorde (pictured) is expected to release her highly- anticipated follow-up to her debut 2013 album Pure Heroine.

The Auckland teen shot to international fame, winning two Grammys and a Brit Award as well as a new bestie - Taylor Swift. In a lengthy Facebook post, the now New York-based 20-year-old has promised to show fans "the new world".

Locally, country music legend Lee Kernaghan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his breakthrough hit Boys From The Bush next month at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He will then hit the road for a national tour to mark the milestone, with a 25th anniversary album to be released in March.

Movies

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman. Clay Enos

There's also the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) and Hugh Jackman's reprisal of Wolverine in Logan. After a quiet 2016 Tom Hardy also returns in director Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk.

For the little ones (or those young at heart) there's Despicable Me 3, The Lego Batman Movie, Cars 3 and Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
 


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