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UK Final Fantasy concert 'highly likely' as new LA date is confirmed

Square Enix says it's "highly likely" we'll see one of composer Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy concerts in the United Kingdom this year, but final confirmation is still to come.

A Square Enix representative this morning said it's "highly likely that a Final Fantasy concert will take place in the UK this summer," but added that it's still "to be confirmed".

When quizzed about the possibility of bringing his orchestral FF concerts to Europe during a recent interview with this website conducted in London, Uematsu told us "We're sort of thinking about doing a tour next summer, but that's not for sure yet."

After virtually selling out San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium for his "Dear Friends" performance this month (a review of which can be found on our sister site, Eurogamer.net), Square Enix announced this week that a second US concert will take place during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Titled 'More Friends', the Los Angeles concert will combine live orchestral, rock and pop performances with scenes from the FF series. The concert will be conducted by Grammy award winner Arnie Roth and performed by the World Festival Symphony Orchestra, with vocal performances from the CSUF University Singers.

Plenty of special guests are promised and although a full list has yet to be announced, it's been confirmed that FF composer Nobuo Uematsu's own band, The Black Mages, will make an appearance. The Black Mages debuted in 2003 with an album of rock arrangements of Final Fantasy battle music.


Report by Tom Bramwell and Ellie Gibson.
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