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Gary Barlow solo tour to kick off in November

Gary Barlow is planning his first solo tour for 13 years with a string of dates beginning next month.

The Take That star has announced 16 shows, which he will fit around his X Factor commitments.

X Factor judge Gary Barlow to take part a solo tour later this year. Credit: Press Association

Gary said: "Playing live is my favourite thing. Last year playing two London shows was brilliant - we all had such a good time - so I thought right let's get out and see the rest of the country."

The tour will begin at the Bournemouth International Centre on November 13.

The shows - which include performances at the Manchester Apollo and the city's Bridgewater Hall - will wind up at The Waterfront in Belfast on January 8. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Visit www.garybarlow.com for more details.