James Arthur announces 2016 UK tour dates

'X Factor' winner recently returned with comeback hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'

James Arthur has announced a short UK touring stint for later this year.

The 2012 X Factor winner is currently number one in the UK singles chart with his comeback hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. He releases new album ‘Back From The Edge’ on October 28.

Arthur will mark his return by heading on tour later in 2016, announcing shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester for December. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday (October 14).

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James Arthur will play the following live dates:

London, Koko (December 20)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (December 21)
Manchester, O2 Ritz (December 22)

Arthur made headlines back in 2013 for making homophobic comments when embroiled in a feud with rapper Micky Worthless, in which Arthur responded with a rap slamming him as a ‘fucking queer’ and urged him to ‘shoot himself’. He later apologised and said he was ‘extremely disappointed in himself’.

Earlier this year, Arthur opened about the extent of his ‘suicidal feelings’ following his career slump and being dropped by Simon Cowell’s label Syco.