Musical virtuoso Jools Holland and his distinguished Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have announced dates and special guests for their well-renowned autumn/winter UK tour for 2019.
Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion around the UK will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm and blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.
Additional special guests will include Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson from the legendary ska band The Selecter. The band are celebrating their 40th anniversary with an extended European/UK tour that will see them on the road for most of 2019. Now also joining Jools and the Orchestra on the road, they will be entertaining audiences throughout the country with their energetic live performances, which include the show stoppers On My Radio, Train To Skaville and Too Much Pressure.
Previous special guests who have performed with Jools on his UK tours include the likes of Lulu, Joss Stone, Roland Gift, Melanie C and most recently Marc Almond who released a joint album with Jools in November 2018, A Lovely Life To Live.
With a tremendous collection of Jools tunes and other boogie-woogie classics to choose from, Jools’ UK tour is set to be an unforgettable night out that will have audiences on their feet!
Restricted view £31.50
Pop icon, Adam Ant, performs his landmark, solo album Friend or Foe for the first time, live in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.
Following a world tour to sold-out venues throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Adam Ant confirms returns for his 2019 Friend or Foe UK Tour this winter.
Friend or Foe album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. The massive hit Goody Two Shoes reached number one in the UK, Friend or Foe, the single, was another top 10 hit in the UK while Desperate But Not Serious was the album’s third UK smash. Friend or Foe his most successful solo album to date, made number five in the UK and was certified gold album status on both sides of the Atlantic after selling over 100,000 copies.
From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the UK Top 40 in one week!
Adam Ant facts:
22 hit singles
Q Icon award
2 Ivor Novello awards
Winner of first Brit Award
MTV's sexiest man alive
Eight singles in the Top 40
Tickets £40 £36.50
Having sold over four million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the leading concert performances currently operating. The Times described them as “The Gold Standard”. This act is so good they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration!
Forming in 1988, the band began their venture as a part of the wave of Australian tribute bands that included Bjorn Again and The Australian Doors to arrive in the UK in the early 1990s. In 1993, The Australian Pink Floyd Show performed at the first international Pink Floyd fan convention organised in conjunction with Brain Damage, the Pink Floyd fan magazine, at Wembley Convention Centre. Throughout the 1990s, the band played predominantly in the UK, gradually refining their show and developing a solid reputation on the live music circuit.
The following decade saw the band playing bigger and more prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall in 2003. In 2004 the band embarked on its arena tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, a tour that took the band on to its first major European and North American tours. The band continued to perform worldwide and has played to sell out audiences throughout Europe, UK, America, Canada, South America, Israel and Russia.
Over the following years the band has continued to cement its reputation, releasing several live concert DVDs and CDs and playing at major European festivals. Its first appearance in Malta became a national event with 15,000 people in attendance – even the Maltese prime minister came to meet the band backstage.
In 2010, TAPFS became even more ambitious and were the first band in the world to tour with a stereoscopic 3D projection show. Striving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences, the show continues to include a stunning light and laser show, video animations, filmed sequences on a large circular LED screen and other special effects. To accompany these visuals are several large inflatables including a giant pig and their own distinct Pink Kangaroo.
The band has played with other musicians over the years who have performed with Pink Floyd – including Guy Pratt, Durga McBroom and her sister Lorelei McBroom (who is now a regular member of the current TAPFS line-up). The band have often used the services of long time friend and respected sound engineer, Colin Norfield, who also worked with Pink Floyd during their Division Bell tour of the early nineties and with David Gilmour on his solo tours.
In 2013 the band toured with a new show that celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon and released another live DVD, CD and BluRay (Eclipsed by the Moon) whilst continuing to develop new ideas for the show to the delight of its fans worldwide.
Tickets £41 31 VIP* £80.50
Welcome to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2019/20 season.
Bringing together brilliant artists with some of the greatest music ever written, there is something for everyone to be thrilled, inspired or challenged by in the seven concerts and free talks.
Friday 25 October, 7pm
ELIM CHAN: TCHAIKOVSKY & SHOSTAKOVICH
THE LORD MAYOR’S CONCERT
Elim Chan conductor
Sol Gabetta cello
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Wednesday 20 November, 7pm
BEETHOVEN & SCHUBERT
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Thomas Zehetmair violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus; Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
Tuesday 14 January, 7pm
SALONEN CONDUCTS THE FIREBIRD
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY The Firebird
Sunday 1 March, 7.30pm
(Please note later start time)
SHOSTAKOVICH & BRAHMS
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Valentina Lisitsa piano
TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture, The Tempest
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
Wednesday 1 April, 7pm
HERAS-CASADO: POEMS AND PAINTINGS
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Daniel Kharitonov piano
BOULANGER D’un soir triste
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
MUSSORGSKY arr. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
Friday 1 May, 7pm
DVORÁK & MENDELSSOHN
Gergely Madaras conductor
Andrei Ionita cello
MENDELSSOHN Overture in C Major
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8
Friday 22 May, 7pm
SANTTU-MATIAS ROUVALI: SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Nemanja Radulović violin
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5
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Paul Carrack and his awesome six piece band take to the road again for their 30 date 20/20 Tour in January 2020.
Nicknamed the man with the golden voice in a BBC documentary about his phenomenal 50-year career, Paul; whose vocals have graced million selling songs such as How Long by Ace, Tempted by Squeeze and the Grammy Award nominated Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics is now firmly established as one of the hardest working, independent musicians on the scene.
Having returned from touring Japan and the USA as a featured instrumentalist with the Eric Clapton Band, Paul is eager to get back to his own set highlighting not only the hits and collaborations with the bands such as The Eagles but also songs from his 17 solo albums.
The new album The Best of Live 1995-2020 will be released in October 2019.
Tickets £41 £36
The film about their incredible story has taken the box office by storm, already grossing $10 million in the UK alone. An outstanding achievement for a British independent film.
Fisherman’s Friends is a small film with a big heart. The movie tells the remarkable story of The Fisherman’s Friends, the original ‘buoy band’ bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, who for 40 years have met on the harbour wall of their home fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall to sing the songs of the sea. It stars Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton and Noel Clarke with cameo appearances from the group whose voices also appear on the soundtrack.
A decade ago they were persuaded to sign the million-pound record deal that saw their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends go Gold as they became the first ever traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. Since then they have released four more best selling albums of shanties, sang at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, played Glastonbury festival and been honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
What’s more, in an incredible twist of fate, Pete Hicks who appears in the on-screen Fisherman’s Friends has now joined the actual line up and will be out on tour with the boys this autumn.
“Singing live is what we’re all about, it’s why we started the group in the first place,” says MC and bass man Jon Cleave, instantly recognisable from his extravagant moustaches.
“The film has been a wonderful and is something we can all be very proud of, but we’re itching to get back on the road, renew some old friendships and make lots of new ones as well.”
Released alongside the Fisherman’s Friends film, the group’s latest album Keep Hauling album features 17 sea shanties – some old, some new and some slighty blue.
Cornwall’s best-known musical export, the Fisherman’s Friends have also been the subject of an ITV documentary, released the hit albums One and All (2013), Proper Job (2015) and Sole Mates (2018) and every year play to tens of thousands of fans at home and abroad.
The Fisherman’s Friends are: fisher brothers John and Jeremy Brown; writer/shopkeeper Jon Cleave; smallholder and engineer John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge; builder John McDonnell (a Yorkshireman who visited Port Isaac more than 30 years ago and never left); Padstow fisherman Jason Nicholas; film maker Toby Lobb and the new boy, former ambulance driver Pete Hicks.
Tickets £35 £26.50
The boys are back!
Catch 5ive, A1, Damage and 911 at venues all over the UK in February and March, bringing you a hit-packed show of pop classics. Four acts, one unforgettable night!
Tickets £34 £28 £24
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Singer Shaan known for his numerous Bollywood hits returns to De Montfort Hall on Sunday 12 April 2020 to perform his Love In Concert concept for the very first time in the UK.
Shaan launched his singing career with his first Album Loveology, followed by Tanha Dil which topped the charts and was popular on radio worldwide.
Shaan is one of the few Playback singers who has sang multiple IIFA Award winning hits including Chand Sifarish from Fanaa, Behti Hawa Sa Tha Who from 3 Idiots and Jab Se Tere Naina from Saawariya.
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Tickets £76.50 £61.50 £51.50 £41.50 £31.50 *VIP £126.50
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Elbow, who release their eighth studio album, Giants of All Sizes have announced an extensive tour across the UK for March and April of 2020.
The tour is Elbow’s most comprehensive set of dates in some time, containing a weekend residency in Manchester alongside further residencies in Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, The dates see a return to some towns last visited on the touring run for The Seldom Seen Kid in October 2008 and follow a summer of festival headline slots and last year’s sold out arena tour in support of 2017’s Best Of album release.
Having built a deserved reputation as one of Britain’s best live bands, these theatre shows are a rare opportunity to see elbow in more intimate settings.
Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers), The Trems (All former members of The Tremeloes), The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas. Hits include Needles and Pins, Silence Is Golden, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, Little Children plus many more. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best.
Book early to guarantee your seat.
Tickets £29.50 £27.50
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are heading out on tour, to coincide with the release of their new album Manchester Calling, in spring 2020.
Their fourth studio album, boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet song writing, effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.
Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 15 million album sales under his belt, first came to public attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins (the same group that spawned Norman Fatboy Slim Cook), best known for their third single Happy Hour and their number one acapella Isley Bros cover Caravan Of Love.
In 1988 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums, Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing musical similarities. Since then, the pair have released a number of albums together.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets are - Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets played their first gigs at four intimate and acclaimed live shows at London’s Dingwalls (20 May 2018) and The Half Moon in Putney (21, 23 and 24 May 2018), these were Nick Mason’s first live musical outings since Pink Floyd's Division Bell Tour in 1994, and the show at Dingwalls was his first since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London.
The band went on to sell-out theatres around the world including three nights at London’s Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960’s. The 2020 tour will see the band further expand their repertoire and will play songs from Pink Floyd's early catalogue up to the 1972 album Obscured by Clouds.
On 12 September, Nick Mason was named Prog Magazine’s Prog God at the prestigious Progressive Music Awards at the Shakespeares Globe Theatre, previous recipients include Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe.
"This was the most extraordinary and joyous show, a reminder of what a peculiar and brilliant band Pink Floyd were... If you have the slightest interest in Pink Floyd, do not miss this group… You won’t even need acid to blow your mind." ***** Michael Hann, Financial Times
"The sound was immense, electrifying, galvanising, mesmerising and still deeply strange, bending the formats of primal rock into all kind of weird and wonderful shapes.... it was a set of such startling intensity it seemed to mock the very notion of nostalgia. It was enough to make you wonder whether rock has progressed very far at all since the Sixties." **** Neil McCormick, The Daily Telegraph
"This show with him (Nick Mason) at its centre, is a fantastic voyage of rediscovery." **** David Bennun, Metro
Tickets £49 £44
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The critically acclaimed Steve Steinman brings you his production featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits, with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s Award winning song I Would Do Anything For Love.
With an incredible stage set, ten-piece live band and combined with Steve’s well know sense of humour and stage presence, along with the amazing Lorraine Crosby the show can only be described as awesome.
The show will have you up on your feet dancing and singing out loud to some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including Anything For Love, Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Total Eclipse Of The Heart and many, many more.
"Steve Steinman has set a new level in tribute theatre, as Meat Loaf is no longer touring this is the closest you will get." Reg Enderby, Nottingham Post
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The Illegal Eagles return to De Montfort Hall in 2020 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship.
This critically acclaimed show features the very best from the Eagles’ catalogue of classics including Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy, New Kid In Town, Life In The Fast Lane and many more…
The Real Thing with original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith and live five piece band will be out touring in 2020 on the back of a new movie playing in cinemas, Everything and a greatest hits album out on Universal Records.
This best of album contains their three million selling number one hits You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Feel The Force. Plus the last song recorded in 1976 but never released which has sat in the vaults for over 40 years, Someone Ought To Write A Song About You.
This single is receiving lots of radio airplay and making The Real Thing a force to be reckoned with once again.
Tickets £29 £26.50
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull band are one of the world's most successful and enduring progressive rock bands. At the beginning of February 1968 Jethro Tull first appeared under that name at the famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Quickly building a following there and at the many other small blues clubs and pub venues up and down England, the band came to broader media and public recognition at the Sunbury Jazz and Blues Festival in the summer of 1968 where they were the surprise hit of the occasion.
Tull recorded with the original lineup of Anderson, Cornick, Bunker and Abrahams and released their first album This Was on the Island label later that year. After the departure of Mick Abrahams and his replacement by Martin Barre, another thirty or so musicians would form the ranks over the decades, some staying for a few months; some for the longer haul.
Although Ian Anderson uses his own real name these days in conjunction with the Tull performances and repertoire, the Jethro Tull brand has endured to this day and as writer, producer, flautist, vocalist and occasional guitarist, Anderson performs with the band typically 80 – 100 shows each year in many countries of the world.
This tour will draw heavily on material from the more "prog" albums, some of it focusing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Passion Play and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.
Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Joe Parrish (guitar) and Scott Hammond (drums). The show will be enhanced by full scale video projection.
Tickets £34 £39
AEG Presents are delighted to announce that Britain’s best-loved rockers Status Quo are following on from their triumphant Hyde Park‘Radio 2 Live show and coming back to reclaim their position on the live circuit – with the Backbone UK Winter Tour in 2020. Quo will be performing hits from across their five decade career, and of course the latest hit album Backbone which has just charted at no.6 in the UK. It is the highest charting album of new material for 37 years since 1+9+8+2 in 1982. Hitting seven venues across the country in November and December 2020, this tour sees the band’s return to UK stages, as part of a major European tour, after largely taking a break in 2019.
If the Backbone tour represents the return of the quintessential live rock act, then the Backbone album itself marks something of a new dawn. These live dates will feature a brand new set including all the classics but also songs from the first album not to feature the late great Rick Parfitt; some being played live for the first time ever, Backbone demonstrates a refocusing and a sharpening of the creative edge. Francis Rossi said, "The pressure was on: this set of new songs had to be strong enough to take their place in that amazing catalogue of Quo classics. With songs like Liberty Lane and Backbone already road tested at massive shows in Hyde Park and on the Lynryd Skynryd tour, there’s no doubt that the new material stands up! We can’t wait to get back on the road in the UK."
The album was described by Classic Rock as a strong, upbeat Quo record, which adds to their legacy and by Powerplay as an essential addition to any right-thinking Quo fan’s collection. Francis Rossi said, "We’ve been away from the UK live circuit for a little while and we’ve missed it, and we’ve missed the fans. The Backbone album got such a great reception, people really understand what we are trying to do and the fans have really supported it. We can’t wait to get out there in 2020 on a proper Status Quo tour and play all the classics, plus some of these new songs for the first time."
Tickets £50 £44 £39