A Touch Of Nostalgia

Get ready to relive some of pop’s glory days as singer-songwriter James Blunt, brings his Who We Used To Be Tour to the stage in Qatar.

The new tour is a journey through the popular singer’s musical evolution. His star-studded career has been defined by a series of hits and Doha can expect to be serenaded to the hauntingly beautiful You’re Beautiful; the soulful ballad, Goodbye My Lover; the nostalgic 1973 and many more including the new album’s first single, Beside You.

The former British Army officer is celebrating 20 years in the music business having released seven albums since 2004, with more than 20 million records sold worldwide.

From performing for Kosovan villagers and his fellow soldiers, his guitar strapped to the outside of his tank, Blunt left the military to pursue a career in music but, despite initial interest from the likes of EMI, a record contract remained elusive – partly due to the industry’s belief that his posh accent would alienate the UK’s record-buying public.

It was not until Linda Perry, who was in the process of starting her own label, heard him perform at South by Southwest Music Festival, she signed him straight away and his career took off.

Fun Facts

During recording his first album, Back to Bedlam, the singer lodged with actress Carrie Fisher. Fisher contributed in naming the album, and he recorded the song Goodbye My Lover in her bathroom.

Though primarily resident in Ibiza, James Blunt also owns a chalet in the Swiss Alpine village of Verbier, where he has a ski lift named after him. And, in 2012, alongside motorcycle racer Carl Fogarty and rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, he opened a restaurant at the top of the ski lift called La Vache. An active user of social media platform X (formerly Twitter) Blunt is known for his self-deprecating humour and, in 2020, Constable published a compendium of his tweets as a book called How to Be a Complete and Utter Blunt: Diary of a Reluctant Social Media Sensation.

He will be performing at Doha Golf Club on May 23 and tickets start at QR295.✤