Happy New Year – It’s Sweet 16!

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Happy New Year Everyone  –  it’s 2016 – and it is set to be sweet!  There’s a lot to look forward across all walks of life over the next twelve months. So whether you’re nursing a hangover today, or bright as a button as you get ready to head out to a New Years Day event – here’s our preview of the year to come.

It’s a big year for Sport…

As you’d expect – there’s all the usual annual championships and leagues: Tennis (including the 4 Grand Slams), Formula 1, Golf, Cycling (Road and Track), Horse Racing and Equestrian, Cricket, Football.  Whatever your sporting passion, you’ll be well indulged. But there are also some big events taking place that are not your typical annual championship – the ones we have to wait for…

Football

It’s a European Championship year in Football – so we’ll finally get to see if Roy Hodgeson’s England have improved at all since the World Cup. Plus they face Wales in their group, so it’ll be a bit of an ‘International Home Derby’- if you can call it such a thing.  The Euros kick off in France on 10th June – and culminate a month later with the Final on July 10th.

Olympic Games

2016 is a Summer Olympic Year (we know – it doesn’t seem 5 minutes since London 2012!) – which means most of the world’s sports stars will be heading to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.  To give it the official title – it’s the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (or the ’31st modern Olympics’ in new money) begin on  5th August  and run to 21st. Will the opening ceremony live up to Danny Boyle’s stunning 2012 spectacular? One thing’s for sure – there’s bound to be a carnival atmosphere.

Paralympic Games

Hot on the heels of the Summer Olympics come the 2016 Summer Paralympics – they take place between 7th and 21st of September. If London 2012 was anything to go by it is sure to be as at least as compelling and spectacular to watch as the Olympics.  Will we see the Brits Hannah Cockcroft, David Weir and  Sophie Christiansen conquer all again? And will there be another fairy-tale medals haul for Italian former Formula 1 racer and Indy Car Champion  Alex Zanardi on his Handcycle?

Ryder Cup

The Biennial Golf competition that sees Europe take on the USA and in 2016 heads to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota from 30th September to 2nd October. That means an away fixture for defending champions Europe. Let’s hope the golf is as exciting as the Miracle/Meltdown in Medinah (Miracle if you were rooting for Europe, Meltdown if you were supporting USA) – when, going into the final day, Europe came back from 10-6 down  to win my 14 1/2 points to 13 1/2.

Sailing

The America’s Cup World Series – effectively the Formula 1 of sailing (with the highest tech boats and biggest budgets) will feature 4 race events in 2016. Whilst the events are effectively heats decide the challenger for the 2017 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup they’ll be anything but dull – remember these catermerans have hydrofoils that make them ‘fly’ across the water.  Sir Ben Ainslie heads the UK’s challenging team, and the event is set to come to Portsmouth from 23rd to 24th July.

FIA World Speed Record Attempt

2016 is also the year that Bloodhound SSC is set to turn it’s wheels in anger – to over 1000mph if they hit their target.  It’s quite ambitious, as that’s  236.5 mph faster than the current record – set by the same team and driver in 1997.   Just to make life more interesting – there are other challengers from around the world. As Andy Green’s article explains.

And fantastic for Entertainment…

Adele Live 2016

Our homegrown record breaking songstress – Adele (she’s from [AAAAA place link to location blog] don’t you know) – is heading out on tour in 2016. On the back of her spectacularly successful album, 25, a planned 105 dates will take in Britain, Europe, North and Central America. The bad news is that if you haven’t got tickets already, you might struggle – they’re likely to be sold out (one venue reported shifting all 13,000 tickets in 2 minutes!).

David Gilmour will be Rattling That Lock

Adele might be a phenomenon in terms of sales as an artist – but there are some who have achieved legend status. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame is right up there and his Rattle that Lock Tour culminates with 4 dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2016. Sadly, tickets sold out quickly – unless you’ve got the lions share of £5k to spend on a Grand-Tier box.

Red Hot & Chilli Peppered

The Chilli’s modest summer tour (it’s only 13 dates – mostly in Europe) will see them complete their travels at the Reading and Leeds Festivals between 26th & 27th August. There’s plenty more acts too – full details and ticketing available on the Event Website.

Movies

There are plenty of mega-movie releases slated for 2016. A couple that have caught our eye include Sacha Baron-Cohen’s “The Brothers Grimsby” which sees a top spy forced to team up with his football hooligan brother – from whom he was separated as a child.  In what looks something akin to Bond meets Twins – we’re sure it’ll more than measure up to his previous exploits as Borat, Ali G, Bruno and The Dictator.

Second is Disney’s remake of the Jungle Book – which – if the early trailer is anything to judge it by – will spectacularly combine CGI  with real world cinematography.

Both are due for release in the Spring.

Whether your passion is sport or entertainment – there’s certainly a lot to look forward to in 2016 – and whatever your plans for 2016 we hope it’s your best year on earth so far. And of you’re looking for a lyric to sum up New Year’s – may we take you back to Mr Gilmour’s erstwhile band, and the closing verse of their track Eclipse,  here’s to all that is now, all that is gone, all that’s to come… 

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