I've been mentioned recently in the papers, along with many others, within articles concerning a tax avoidance/reduction scheme. At 19 I was lucky enough to start making money from my music career, and when I was in my early twenties I trusted financial experts and advisors to guide me with how I invested money. That I was fairly clueless and inexperienced when it came to finance goes without saying and, I'm embarrassed to admit, not as interested in it as I should have been. My focus was, and still is, totally on making music, getting on the road and performing live.

From what I can remember in 2008 when the Liberty scheme was presented to me it was not presented as 'an aggressive tax avoidance scheme.' It was presented as an 'investment scheme' that had the potential to legally reduce yearly income tax. Totally legal and legit and my accountants and advisors would take care to complete the formalities which included dealing with HMRC. Seemed pretty straight-forward and simple, so I signed up. 

HMRC did later query it, and I paid the full amount of tax years ago. My tax records are completely up to date and I don’t owe HMRC any money.

Yeah it sucks getting this type of attention, but I commend the investigative journalism that is allowed in Britain. If there is ambiguity in the law then laws should be changed to disallow schemes like this, so that they would never be presented by legitimate tax experts to less experienced people like myself in the first place.  Hopefully the debate will lead to positive change for all.

- Katie

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El concierto de KATIE MELUA en Madrid, anunciado para el día 22 de julio en el Teatro Nuevo Apolo, cambia de recinto y finalmente se celebrará en la sala LA RIVIERA de Madrid, adaptada en formato teatro, en la misma fecha.
Las entradas ya adquiridas anteriormente al cambio serán válidas para este nuevo recinto.

Recordamos las fechas de los tres conciertos de KATIE MELUA:

20 Julio – Patio de San Benito, Valladolid
22 Julio – La Riviera "formato teatro", Madrid
23 Julio – St. Jordi Club "formato teatro", Barcelona

EN ESTOS CONCIERTOS ACTUARÁ LA BANDA AL COMPLETO

KATIE MELUA show in Madrid scheduled for July 22 at Teatro Nuevo Apolo has been moved to venue LA RIVIERA in Madrid, with theater configuration, on the same date.

The tickets already bought before the change will be valid for the new venue.

The spanish dates for KATIE MELUA shows are:

July 20 – Patio de San Benito, Valladolid
July 22 – La Riviera "Theater configuration", Madrid
July 23 – St. Jordi Club "Theater configuration", Barcelona

THE SHOWS WILL BE A FULL BAND PERFORMANCE
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Live Summer 2014

4th Apr 2014

Prepare to be mesmerised by Katie Melua when the beautiful Georgian-born British-raised singer, songwriter and guitarist takes to the stage with her band. Look forward to a show of exquisite singing and skilful musicianship as Katie performs a selection of songs from her ten year career.

“This summer tour is going to have a lot of firsts for me, especially performing in cities and places I've never sang in before like the Istanbul Jazz Festival. I'm also looking forward to returning to some wonderful places like Spain, Poland, Germany and Hungary with the full band.” - Katie Melua

Katie Melua released her debut album 'Call Off The Search' in 2003. The first single, 'The Closest Thing To Crazy', launched the 18 year old to a British audience and the album went to number 1. Her following album 'Piece By Piece' and its lead track 'Nine Million Bicycles' introduced Katie to a global audience and she became the best-selling British female artist throughout the world. Katie's subsequent albums, 'Pictures', 'The House' and 2012's 'Secret Symphony' cemented her place as a much-loved singer with a unique voice and a catalogue of intriguing, signature songs. In 2013, when Katie’s sixth studio album ‘Ketevan’ entered the UK top 10, she joined a very small group of female artists, which includes Madonna and Kate Bush, to score 6 consecutive UK top 10 studio albums

Katie is now one of Britain’s, and Europe's, most successful recording artists of the millennium selling more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and receiving 56 platinum awards.

10th JulyCemil Topuzulu Open TheatreIstandbul, Turkey
13th JulyCongress HallWarsaw, Poland
16th JulyTrinity SquareVeszpremfest, Hungary
20th JulyTeatro CalderonValladolid, Spain
22nd JulyPatio de San BenitoMadrid, Spain
23rd JulySt. Jordi ClubBarcelona, Spain
23rd AugustKlosterhofUlm, Germany

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Simplified Tour

1st Dec 2013

Katie Melua will embark on a tour of Europe in March and April 2014 that will see her performing a stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards.

The tour will start in Russia on 23rd March and will take in Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Britain, before ending in Spain on 19th April 2014.

With this simplified production the focus will be on the beauty of Katie’s voice and the strength of the songs.   

“I know this will test me as a musician like never before but I love the purity and nakedness of performing with hardly any accompaniment. I have always included one or two stripped down songs in my previous gigs but never a whole tour like this. There is nothing to hide behind. Perhaps describing it as acoustic isn't completely accurate, as there will be keyboards and bass, so the tour is called 'Simplified'” explains Katie. 

Check the Live page for the dates and ticket links.

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