HEATHER SMALL – The Voice of M PEOPLE UK Tour coming to SHEFFIELD – Foundry & MANCHESTER - Academy2 & WAKEFIELD WAREHOUSE 23
Heather Small, born 20th January 1965, grew up on a West London council estate. From going to Sunday school and attending the 'Good News Club', religion and faith became an important aspect of Heather's life. Growing up in 70's Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, Heather knew that she wanted to make something of herself.
Even though Heather battled with shyness and severe nerves, she joined her first band Hot!House who released two albums in the late 80's.
As Part of M People, hits such as 'Moving On Up', 'One Night In Heaven' and 'Search For The Hero' and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.
Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her 'Proud' album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London's successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England's victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.
And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she'd been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Heather, who somehow managed to squeeze in a trip across the Atlantic to perform on the show right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People ('If Oprah calls, you go!' she laughs, adding that the first lady of chat was 'very sweet to me').
In 2008, Heather embarked on a journey that would see her dance her way into the public’s affection as she became a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Heather's infectious personality and her trademark sense of humour earned her appearances on a number of TV news and chat shows including Paul O'Grady, Alan Titchmarsh, GMTV, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Newsnight, as well as special appearances on The Weakest Link and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
2009 was another busy year for Heather as she took to the road again with her band completing two highly successful UK tours in May and November, performing at over 30 venues nationwide to sell-out crowds. She also continued her TV work with regular slots on music, entertainment, and politics shows, including 'Dancing On Wheels', a wheelchair dancing competition-come-documentary airing on BBC Three in early 2010.
In the Autumn, Heather teamed up with singing sensations Anastacia and Lulu for the critically acclaimed 'Here Come The Girls' – an unforgettable night of feel-good party music and dance, touring arenas across the UK and Ireland during November and December 2010.
Well known for her charitable work, Heather was recently made an ambassador for the children’s charity Barnardo's and is continually involved with fundraising and helping lend her valuable support to projects around the country.
So what gives Heather the impetus to keep moving forward, to keep challenging herself, to keep trying new things and not resting on her laurels? 'If you got the feeling I do when I sing' she smiles, 'you'd understand'.
HEATHER SMALL – The Voice of M People – April 2018 UK Tour Dates are:
Sat 21 April SHEFFIELD – Foundry
Sun 22 April MANCHESTER – Academy 2
Fri 4 May WAKEFIELD WAREHOUSE23
All tickets are available from Ticketweb: Box Office No: 0333 321 9990 Website - http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/artist/heather-small-tickets/32473
Ed Byrne: Bridlington Spa Friday 27th April 2018
Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself and come see him at Bridlington Spa on Friday 27 April 2018.
“I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, ‘off-puttingly baffling’. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.”
Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay.
Tickets via the box office in person, 01262 678258 or bridspa.com
The Carpenters Story at Hull City Hall on Friday 13th April 2018
Celebration of one of music’s best loved duos at venue in April
Highly-acclaimed The Carpenters Story will be performed at Hull City Hall on Friday, April 13.
The celebration of one popular music’s best loved and most successful duos, Richard and Karen Carpenter, features hits such as (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, Yesterday Once More, A Song For You, Rainy Days & Mondays, and many more.
Sensational performer Claire Furley continues to surpass all others in her uncanny portrayal of Karen Carpenter.
Her stunning vocal harmonies, combined with state-of-the-art video projection and lavish orchestra arrangements from live musicians will take audiences on an incredible journey through the unique talent that truly was The Carpenters.
Tickets for The Carpenters Story at Hull City Hall on Friday, April 13 2018 are from £23 and are on sale now.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306.
Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
Buddy Holly and the English Rock and Roll Orchestra Monday 19th March 2018
One night show celebrates 60th anniversary of Buddy’s 1958 appearance at Hull’s Regal Cinema.The 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s performance at Hull’s Regal Cinema as part of his only UK national tour will be celebrated with a one night show at Hull City Hall.
In 1958, Buddy Holly and The Crickets played 25 venues across England back to back from March 1, playing two or even three shows a night. The American singing sensation headlined a variety bill hosted by comedian Des O’Connor, including the date at the Regal Cinema in Hull. To celebrate this diamond anniversary, the UK’s first and best-loved Buddy Holly act, Buddy Holly and The Cricketers, is revisiting some of the same venues on the same dates with a very special show backed by The English Rock and Roll Orchestra.
With the Regal Cinema no longer in existence, the show will take place at the historic Hull City Hall on March 19 – the same date of Buddy’s performance at the cinema 60 years earlier. Buddy Holly and The Cricketers has delighted audiences across the globe for the past 25 years.
The show stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme, The One and Only, hosted by Graham Norton.
The English Rock and Roll Orchestra has assembled some of the finest classical musicians in the country, many of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They relish the opportunity to depart from their usual repertoire and indulge in their love of rock ’n’ roll.
Buddy Holly and The Cricketers present Buddy in the style of show they feel he would perform today – with authentic arrangements, driving rhythms, energetic performances and wonderful musicianship, all delivered with charm and humour.
Tickets for Buddy Holly and The Cricketers with The English Rock and Roll Orchestra at Hull City Hall on Monday, March 19 2018 are £23 (with concessions available). Extras members receive a £2 discount.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
The Overtones at Hull City Hall - Vocal harmony group on 9th March 2018
Britain’s number one vocal harmony group, The Overtones, will perform at Hull City Hall in March.
Known for sensational, flat-out singing with a timeless appeal, The Overtones’ new single, a cover of the Disney’s classic, Beauty and The Beast was released earlier this year.
Having celebrated their fifth consecutive Top 10 UK album in 2015, The Overtones have now sold more than a million records. Since first signing to Warner Music in 2010, The Overtones have consistently delivered uplifting music infused with exquisitely crafted vocal harmonies.
They have enjoyed a succession of major achievements, including performing in front of 250,000 people at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, appearing at the Festival of Remembrance, playing Cornbury Festival, Goodwood, Epsom Race Course, Castle Howard, The Olympic Ball and Wimbledon.
They have also performed for brands such as BMW, Mercedes, Mecure, Sunseeker Yachts, Quintessential, British Airways, Ted Baker, Duchamp, Austin Reed and for celebrity birthdays and events for names including Ronan Keating and Samuel L. Jackson.
Tickets for The Overtones at Hull City Hall on Friday, March 9 2018 are £27.50. Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
PAUL YOUNG and special guests CHINA CRISIS announce Spring 2018 UK Tour coming to Sheffiled – Foundry Wakefield - Warehose 23 & Hull – Welly in February & March 2018
Paul really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1
spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.
With the release of his second album “The Secret Of Association” and the success of “Every Time You Go Away” his status as a world star was confirmed. In 1987, Paul recorded his third album “Between Two Fires” in Milan where he met the Italian singer Zucchero. They became good friend and were later to collaborate very successfully.
Paul continues to write, record and play live. He is breaking new ground each year.
Towards the end of 2015, Paul was contacted by Gary Barlow (Take That) and asked to consider recording a song for a soundtrack that Gary was producing for a movie based around the story of Eddie The Eagle (which was released in March 2016) The song in question “People Like Us” was a perfect fit for Paul.
2016, saw Paul Young release his brand new album “Good Thing”. Paul has recorded a collection of Memphis Soul tunes and this will be Paul’s first soul album in 20 years. Paul regularly performs with his ongoing side venture, the Los Pacaminos too.
Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly are the founder members of the band which started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979. China Crisis found major success in the UK with five Top 40 singles, ten Top 50 singles and three Top 40 albums and hits across Australia, Europe and the Americas. The band are known for their string of hit singles, including African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking, will be performing these classics and more, alongside tracks from the new album Autumn in the Neighbourhood.
Saturday 3 March HULL – Welly Box Office No: 01482 221113 Website – http://www.giveitsomewelly.com/ Doors – 7.00pm Ticket Price - £25.00
Friday 16th March WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 Box Office No: 01924 200162 Website – http://warehouse23.co.uk/ Doors – 7.00pm Ticket Price - £25.00
VMS Live with P&O proudly presents ‘HMS PROG’
Fancy a mini-cruise across the North Sea to the Netherlands and back on 2nd March – 4th March? VMS Live and P&O Ferries would like to welcome you on board the inaugural journey of HMS Prog.
Providing two days of the best that the Prog World has to offer, guests will be entertained by some of the finest progressive artists out there with their unique sets. Very special guests will be Geoff Downes (who will be appearing on both legs of the cruise), playing live as well as hosting a Q&A Session (no doubt there’ll be lots of juicy stories!). As well as Geoff Downes, there’ll be guest appearances and exhibitions by legends such as artist Roger Dean and ‘Prog Magazine’ Editor Jerry Ewing. On top of this, P&O will be showing classic film footage of Prog Greats in cinemas onboard (including a special feature on the recently departed John Wetton).
On top of all of this there will also be a collectors fair and full artists merchandise on sale. To make things extra special, a day time gig will be taking place in Amsterdam on the Saturday.
Tickets are from £159 which includes the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, accommodation onboard and return transfers to Amsterdam, what’s there not to like?!
The line-up includes: Very Special Guests Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia) & Roger Dean
Caravan Martin Turner ex of Wishbone Ash (playing Argus and There’s The Rub)
Cairo Focus Pendragon (acoustic)
Tickets for ‘HMS Prog’ taking place on Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th March are available from:
Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Direct ticket link – http://www.eventim.co.uk/prog-cruise
Website – www.hmsprog.co.uk Ticket from £159
THE CHRISTIANS and HUE & CRY play WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 on Friday 25th May 2018
THE CHRISTIANS, are outstanding, soul influenced group who had hits in the late 80’s and 90’s including ‘Forgotten Town’, ‘Harvest For The World’, ‘Born Again’, ‘Ideal World’, and ‘Hooverville’.
Followed up their 1987 self-titled million selling debut album with the number one hit album ‘Colour’ in 1990, which heralded the magnificent tracks ‘Words’ and ‘Father’, while The Daily Mirror described the voice of Garry Christian as “the best voice of the decade”.
The Christians are enjoying a surge of publicity following the new album release and 25th anniversary ‘deluxe’ re-issue having recently been received well by 20,000 fans at the 80s REWIND Henley and Scotland as well as guest appearances at ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL.
Hue and Cry have sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, as well as performing alongside some of the greatest artists in music history, appearing with U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name but a few. The duo were recognised by their peers when they were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.
Hue and Cry perform as a two piece ‘stripped’ line up.
Tickets for THE CHRISTIANS & HUE & CRY – Wakefield – May 2018 show are available from:
Friday 25th May 2018 WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 Box Office No: 01924 200162 Website – http://warehouse23.co.uk/
Doors – 7.00pm Tickets - £25.00 (advance)
Jools Holland at Hull City Hall on Sunday 1st July 2018
Musician and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at venue in July. Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will return to Hull City Hall in 2018 following a sold-out concert this year.
At the age of eight, Jools could play the piano fluently by ear and by age of 15 he had formed Squeeze with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford.Shorly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis, who had already played with, among others, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Max Wall, and who still drums with Jools.
Up The Junction and Cool For Cats gave Squeeze incredible success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.
Jools's career as a television presenter has run parallel to his musical career. He started in the early 1980s when he interviewed The Police for a documentary that was made while they were recording at George Martin's Montserrat studio. Jools then auditioned to become co-presenter (with Paula Yates) of The Tube, which achieved almost immediate cult status and discovered a whole new generation of musicians and comedians between 1981 and 1986. After presenting two series of Juke Box Jury in 1989 and then 26 shows of The Happening in 1990, Jools was asked in 1992 to host a new music programme for BBC Two, which combined his talent and experience as a musician with his skills as a TV presenter. This was Later... with Jools Holland. The show has reawakened the innovative spirit of The Tube and is this year celebrating 25 years, 50 series and more than 360 episodes of broadcast on BBC Two. As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances.
Tickets for Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues at Hull City Hall on Sunday, July 1 2018 are from £36 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online
Ross Noble at Hull City Hall on Thursday 11th October 2018
Comedian brings new tour to venue next year
Currently starring in Mel Brooks’ West End monster-hit musical, Young Frankenstein, surrealist connoisseur and story spinner Ross Noble will return to the Hull City Hall stage with his new stand-up tour, El Hablador, next year.
It’s his 16th touring show and follows on from his extended, sell-out Australian, UK and European tours of his critically acclaimed 2016/17 show, Brain Dump. On what to expect from his new show, Ross said: “Expect the unexpected. Unless you’ve seen me before. Then you know what to expect. But I might not do that. But then again, I might. I expect it will be one of those two options.”
Tickets for Ross Noble: El Hablador at Hull City Hall on Thursday, October 11 are £25 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. .
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
Dave Gorman at Hull City Hall on Friday 12th October 2018
With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint - Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
As the title suggests, he’s bringing his laptop and projector screen with him so expect the ‘King of Powerpoint comedy’ (Guardian) to have more detailed analysis of those parts of life you’ve never stopped to think about before. Hey, not all heroes wear capes.
Dave will be supported on the tour, which arrives at Hull City Hall on Friday, October 12 2018, by comedian Nick Doody.
Tickets for Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint at Hull City Hall on Friday, October 12 2018 are £27.50 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
Calum Scott returns to Hull City Hall on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th April 2018
Hull singer brings Only Human tour to venue for two nights in April - Hull singer Calum Scott will return to the city with his Only Human tour in April next year.
The former winner of the Hull Daily Mail’s Star Search competition will perform two nights at Hull City Hall. The shows will follow the release of his debut album of the same name on March 9. Written by Calum, Jon Maguire and Corey James Sanders, the emotionally resonant piano ballad is one of numerous songs produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Ellie Goulding) for the album. Calum also worked with producers Jayson DeZuzio, Oak Felder, Oscar Gorres and Phil Paul.
Calum, who used to work at Hull City Council before appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, said: “I wrote this album with the intention of connecting with people all around the world using my own personal experiences, hoping that if I can inspire one person to be happy being themselves, bring some comfort or just make someone smile with my music, then all of my experiences have been worthwhile.”
Dancing On My Own charted in more than 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 1 on the Viral chart in six, including the UK and US. Now certified Platinum in four countries, it was the best-selling UK single of 2016 by a British solo artist and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single. The song has more than 550 million streams worldwide, while views of the video are approaching 225 million.
In addition to 11 original tracks, the Only Human album also includes Calum’s haunting acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s Not Dark Yet. Calum performed a sold-out homecoming at Hull City Hall for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in March as well as headline show at London’s KOKO in the same month. He also wrapped up his first US headline tour earlier this year with sold-out shows across the country.
Tickets for Calum Scott plus special guests at Hull City Hall on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 2018 are £16 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
Hello Again Neil Diamond -Musical journey through star’s 50-year career at Hull City Hall on Saturday 22nd September
A musical journey through Neil Diamond's glittering 50-year career starring Brooklyn Creed and The Salvation Band will be performed at Hull City Hall in September.
Featuring all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Cracklin' Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, I Am, I Said, America and many more. This tribute show has become a sensation in its own right and celebrates Diamond, who was born on 24th January 1941.
He spent his early years as an in-house songwriter at the now legendary Brill Building, scoring his first solo hit in 1966 and going on to sell more than 125 million records.
With evocative imagery, video and narration to enhance the magic of Brooklyn Creed and The Salvation Band, the show takes audiences on a musical journey through Diamond’s 50-year career.
Tickets for Hello Again Neil Diamond at Hull City Hall on Saturday, September 22 218 are £23.50 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online or use this link.
Gary Numan: Savage Singer will bring UK tour to Hull City Hall on Tuesday 20th March 2018
It follows the release of his album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ earlier this year through BMG which earned the best reviews of Gary’s career. He entered the UK charts at No.2, a fantastic achievement for the iconic and highly influential star. The British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novello Awards this year.
‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.
While Numan was writing the record, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album. “The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” said Numan.
It was a strategy that brought Numan closer to his fans, and allowed him to communicate the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a record. The campaign grew so successful that Numan consequently secured a record deal with BMG.
‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is out now on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats.
Tickets for Gary Numan: Savage at Hull City Hall on Tuesday, March 20 2018 are from £29.50 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. 1 Book online at www.hulltheatres.co.uk or call 01482 300 306. Book in person at the Hull City Hall box office.
Brian Conley at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 23rd May 2018
“Still The Greatest Entertainer – in his price range”
The multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage with his brand new show Still The Greatest Entertainer – in his price range which arrives at Hull City Hall in May.
Featuring brand new comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known material from stage and screen.
Hurry along and book to see why Brian Conley remains one of this country’s most loved entertainers.
Tickets for Brian Conley at Hull City Hall on Wednesday, May 23 2018 are £25 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee with concessions available including a £2 discount for Extras members.
Book online here or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk. You can also call 01482 300 306 or book in person at the Hull City Hall box office.
The Play That Goes Wrong - Multi award-winning smash-hit comedy at Hull New Theatre 21st - 26th May 2018
Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in the show, now playing on Broadway and enjoying its fourth year in the West End.
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
Hailed ‘a gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley: ‘We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be see’ to Ant & Dec ‘The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!.
Tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong at Hull New Theatre from May 21 to May 26 2018 are from £15 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Tickets are on sale at 10am on Friday, November 10.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online
Mamma Mia! at Hull New Theatre from Thursday, May 31st to Sunday, June 3rd 2018
The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will come to Hull for the first time ever for six performances only at Hull New Theatre from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3 as part of the international tour.
MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.
To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions and in 16 different languages. When it was released in 2008, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest-grossing live action musical film of all time. A second film, MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again is currently in production and has a global release in July 2018.
From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of MAMMA MIA! has now been seen by more than 10 per cent of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.
The hugely successful International Tour, since premiering in Dublin in September 2004, has visited 85 cities across 38 countries and sold over 5 million tickets.With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.
The MAMMA MIA! International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment and NGM.
The MAMMA MIA! International Tour is at Hull New Theatre from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3 2018. Tickets are from £18 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Book over the telephone by calling 01482 300 306 or online by visiting www.hulltheatres.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked in person at the Hull New Theatre or Hull City Hall box offices.
LATER IN 2018
Beverley Musical Theatre are returning to the newly refurbished Hull New Theatre stage, to bring the region's premier of 'Legally Blonde the musical' from 19th to 23rd June 2018. The show won the 'Laurence Olivier Award' for best new musical when it opened in London.
The production of Legally Blonde the musical has professional sets, costumes and musicians, alongside the cream of actors in the area. This is a bright, fun, lively, feel good show which will appeal to all ages and is ideal for couples, small or large groups of friends, office parties and even a great hen night out.
Based around a fashion conscious dipsy college girl, who finds her way into law school, all to follow her cad of a boyfriend and after many pitfalls, will Elle find what she is looking for? Come along and find out. With a cast of 45, a 12 piece professional band and 2 gorgeous dogs. This show will have everyone singing, laughing and leaving with a smile. Tickets are from just £11.50 to £24.00. This is a real value for money night out.
We have everything in place apart from backstage and we are appealing for people who are not afraid of hard work to be involved in moving and building stage sets, helping with making and altering stage costumes and all other backstage aspects of a major theatre production.
www.beverleymusicaltheatre.co.uk or email email@example.com. Tickets are available 01482 300306
ORBITAL announce show for summer 2018 playing HULL – Zebedee’s Yard on Saturday 30th June 2018
ORBITAL are back with 2 events not to be missed. After a triumphant return in 2017, Orbital are set to headline two unique shows in the summer of 2018, one in Brighton and the other in Hull...
The ground-breaking duo of Paul and Phil Hartnoll will be heading to the south coast as Orbital appear 400 feet above sea level perched on the cliffs of Whitehawk Hill at Brighton Racecourse on Friday 29th June.
On Saturday 30th June, Orbital will head north where they will be the first artist to headline a series of intimate outdoor live events as Inner City returns to Zebedee’s Yard with it’s 16th century architectural back drop in the heart of Hull’s historic Old Town.
Both shows will feature Orbital's stunning visuals, complimenting their now legendary live sets, set against two spectacular back drops guaranteeing both shows will be night’s to remember.
Orbital will be accompanied on both dates by full line up of special guests who will be announced shortly. Tickets for the HULL – Zebedee’s Yard show are available from:
Saturday 30th June 2018 HULL – Zebedee’s Yard Box Office No: 01482 221113 Website – http://www.vmstickets.co.uk/ Doors – 6.00pm Ticket price - £39.50 / £35 Early Bird
HAPPY MONDAYS plus special guests Peter Hook & The Light playing HULL – Zebedee’s Yard on Friday 24th August 2018
Following their 30th Anniversary ’24 Hour Party People Greatest Hits’ – November & December 2017 UK Tour, Manchester’s legendary Happy Mondays are back this Summer with an event not to be missed at Hull’s Zebedee’s Yard on Friday 24th August!
Happy Mondays formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester. The original line-up - Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark ‘Bez’ Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer and percussionist. Rowetta then joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.
The line up of the band during this first and most important ten year phase never changed, and the six original members Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Paul Davis, Mark Day and Bez remained together until the first incarnation came to an end in 1994.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder said, “I am really looking forward to the Hull show this Summer. We're performing better than ever and I love getting together with the band, blasting out all our great tunes we've made together over the decades. It's gonna be great.”
Bez, the group’s dancer and percussionist, added, “Just as I thought it was all over, the party's starting again. Look forward to seeing you all.”
Tickets for the HULL – Zebedee’s Yard show are available from: HULL – Zebedee’s Yard Box Office No: 01482 221113
Website – http://www.vmstickets.co.uk/ Doors – 6.00pm Ticket price - £35.00
Benidorm Live! Stage show of hit ITV comedy at Hull New Theatre 8th October - 13th October 2018
Hull writer and actor Derren Litten is bringing the first ever stage version of his smash hit ITV comedy Benidorm to Hull New Theatre next year.
Litten has written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members, including Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) as they swap sangria for the stage next year after a quick spruce at the Blow ‘n’ Go! Benidorm Live! will be the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show. On making its transfer from stage to screen, Litten said: “I’ve loved ten years of writing my TV show Benidorm but despite a successful writing career I’m first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly frustrated I couldn't hear the audience’s laughter.
Critically acclaimed, Benidorm has received two National Television Awards a TV Quick Award and nominations at the British Comedy Awards and BAFTAs. It celebrates a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for nine series since it first broadcast in 2007. Season 10 is due to broadcast early 2018.
The stage show Benidorm Live! will be produced for the stage by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Tickets for Benidorm Live! at Hull New Theatre from Monday, October 8 to Saturday, October 13 2018 are from £18 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Book online at www.hulltheatres.co.uk or call 01482 300 306. Book in person at the Hull New Theatre or Hull City Hall box offices.
THE STORY OF GUITAR HEROES is due to perform at: BRIDLINGTON SPA on SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018
"If you like music and guitars you will LOVE this show!"
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in one amazing show!
This phenomenal live concert style 'rockumentry' is performed by extraordinarily talented and renowned musician: Phil Walker, and his exceptional band. With over 20 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero starting from the 1950's to the present day. Also offering the very latest in video screen technology to create a larger than life event.
Compounded in a creative and powerful experience this show not only appeals to all those budding guitar heroes out there, but to music lovers of all ages.
Venue: Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington YO15 3JH
Date: Sunday 18 March 2018 Start Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £19.50 (children £10) Box Office: 01262 678258
Book Online: www.bridspa.com Website: www.storyofguitarheroes.com
WAYNE HUSSEY ‘Aniversario Tour’ comes to SHEFFIELD – Foundry on Tuesday 1st May 2018
Wayne Hussey, The Mission’s frontman heads out on a world tour this Spring and plays the in Sheffield at the Foundry on Tuesday 1st May.
Wayne Hussey is taking a break from his day job as leader of the British rock band, The Mission, to go out and play a double fistful of solo shows in late spring 2018. The tour is entitled ‘Aniversário Tour’. The Portuguese word, aniversário translates as birthday and these shows are a way for Wayne to celebrate his upcoming 60th. In fact the final show of the tour on Saturday 26th May, his birthday, will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the city where Wayne has resided for the last 17 years.
Bristol born & bred, and a passionate Liverpool FC supporter, Wayne Hussey, lauded by some as maverick legend and others as dissolute charlatan, has been making music since the day he was first inspired to pick up a guitar after watching Marc Bolan & T-Rex on Top of the Pops. A long and excessive and sometimes downright scandalous road has led Wayne to where he is today. One thing is certain about Wayne, he's certainly a divisive character.
The Mission went on to considerable global success in the late 80s and early 90s, enjoying album sales in excess of four million worldwide with notable works such as ‘God’s Own Medicine’ and ‘Carved In Sand’ amongst others and enjoying an unbroken run of 14 UK Top 40 singles! They forged a reputation that still stands today as one of the best ‘live’ bands in the world, thanks in no small part to the charisma & energy that Hussey exudes & exerts on stage.
2018 sees Wayne playing a double fistful of shows, entitled The Aniversário Tour, in Sweden, the UK, Argentina, Chile, and finally ending in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Wayne has resided for the last 15 years, on May 26th - Wayne’s celebrates his 60th birthday. Wayne has a beautiful Brazilian wife of 17 years, 5 dogs, 3 cats, and is a vegetarian.
Tickets for the SHEFFIELD – Foundry show on Tuesday 1st May are available from: SHEFFIELD – Foundry Box Office No’s: 0114 222 8777
and 0844 888 9991 Ticket Website - https://www.eventim.co.uk/event/10483052/?affiliate=VMS
Tickets - £16.00 advance Doors open 7.00pm
CHASE & STATUS (DJ Set) playing DONCASTER Racecourse after the racing on Saturday 30th June 2018
Doncaster Racecourse, home to world class racing and summer venue to global music stars, is delighted to announce a DJ set from British music act, Chase and Status, as the first of their 2018 summer music events. Chase and Status who will be performing a DJ Set, have been a mainstay in the British summer music festival scene for several years, will bring a show stopping dance set to the Town Moor Turf after the Construction Index Race Evening on 30 June 2018.
Chase (Saul Milton) and Status (Will Kennard) met at University in Manchester and formed the group in 2003. Their unique sound has seen them secure seasons at clubs in Ibiza as well as creating four best-selling albums. “This is the first announcement from our 2018 summer season and we are looking forward to sharing the others in the coming weeks,” said Abby. “Once again some household names will be visiting Doncaster to bring a festival feel to a handful of our summer race meetings.”
Abby concluded; “The Music Live race meeting events are hugely popular both with Doncaster people, race goers and those that gather a group of friends together to enjoy an evening out. As always, we urge people to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.”
Music Live will take place on 19th May, 30th June and 18th August in 2018. Details and timings will be released closer to the event.
Saturday 30th June 2018 DONCASTER - RACECOURSE Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Ticket price - £28.00
Tickets – https://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/ and http://bit.ly/2DFnKoU Gates open – 3.30pm / Racing – 5.55pm-8.55pm / On-Stage – 9.10pm
The World Famous ELVIS Show starring world renowned Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR DONCASTER – Dome Saturday 10th March 2018
DIRECT FROM THE WEST END, THE WORLD LEADING ELVIS PERFORMER, CHRIS CONNOR stars in ‘THE WORLD FAMOUS ELVIS SHOW’.
The world’s No1 Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR, who has just been voted by a WORLDWIDE fan poll, THE BEST ELVIS PERFORMER WORLDWIDE was presented with this award in MEMPHIS.
The World Famous Elvis Show features the live energetic band 'THE STEELS' which recreates 2 huge concerts from the Elvis eras. This show respectively and authentically recreates ELVIS at his very best. You will simply feel that you have been transported back in to time. If you were not lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have! Many Elvis fans are left emotionally moved when they leave the show. There is only ONE Elvis Presley, however fans all around the world are talking about CHRIS CONNOR who is remarkably so very very close to Elvis in both looks and voice and mannerisms.
A 2 hour show, with Live screening and video projection throughout, authentic lights and sound. This show has the highest production value around compared to any other Elvis tribute show to date. With FREE meet and greet after every show! 'SEEING IS BELIEVING'.
Tickets for the DONCASTER – Dome show are available from: Saturday 10th March 2018 DONCASTER – Dome
Time – 7.30pm Box Office No: 01302 537704
Website – https://the-dome.cloudvenue.co.uk/theworldfamouselvisshow2018
THE SOUTH (featuring members of The Beautiful South) play MANCHESTER – Club Academy on Friday 6th April, Pocklington 13th April & Wakefield 15th April 2018
When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet
The South feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since original singer, Dave Hemingway, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has now moved across to vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.
With the new reshuffle complete, The South are a full team again and raring to go! Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs - A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don't Marry Her. All performed again live, these songs, and many more, span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989! Come on! Let’s Carry On Regardless!
The South are: Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys).
THE SOUTH – Spring 2018 UK Tour Dates are:
Fri 6th April MANCHESTER – Club Academy - Box Office No: 0161 832 1111 / Website - https://www.manchesteracademy.net/event/unavailable/13330320/the-south-manchester-club-academy-2018-04-06-19-30-00
Fri 13th April POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre - Box Office No: 01759 301547 / Website - http://www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk/events/theatre
Sun 15th April WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 - Box Office No: 01924 200162 / Website – https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/the-south-warehouse23-tickets/7791915?pl=w23
WILKO JOHNSON with special guests HUGH CORNWELL (band) MIKE SWEENEY & THE SALFORD JETS & MOLLIE MARRIOTT MANCHESTER – Academy 1 on Saturday 12th May 2018
R&B legend Wilko Johnson plays Manchester – Academy 1 on Saturday 12th May with special guests Hugh Cornwell & Band, Mike Sweeney & The Salford Jets and Mollie Marriott and more tbc.
WILKO JOHNSON - I’m supposed to be dead!’ So said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions he continued to perform and present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free.
The original Dr Feelgood guitarist is known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style. Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as ‘All Through The City’ and ‘Going Back Home’. The Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting R'n'B bands in the world today. In Sept 2017, Wilko celebrated his 70th birthday and 30th Anniversary by playing a sold out show at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.
Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song writing talents and accomplished live performers. This electric band performance will feature songs spanning his career from early Stranglers to the current day.
MIKE SWEENEY & THE SALFORD JETS - Classic old skool post punk rock whose single 'Who You Looking At' was global hit across the whole of Manchester in the 1980s as well as breaking the band in the national charts. The band reformed in 2003, still fronted by the mighty Mike Sweeney - vocals, guitar and former Piccadilly Radio DJ (now broadcasting on BBC Radio Manchester), and former maths teacher Diccon Hubbard on bass and vocals.
MOLLIE MARRIOTT - Having supported and backed some of the best rock stars in the industry including Robert Plant, The Faces, Mark Knopfler and Paul Weller, Mollie ( daughter of the Legendary Small Faces front man Steve Marriott ) is set to take the industry by storm with her debut album Truth Is A Wolf later this year.
Tickets available from: MANCHESTER – Academy 1 Box Office No – 0161 832 1111
Website - https://www.manchesteracademy.net/order/tickets/13331624/wilko-johnson-and-special-guests-hugh-cornwell-and-band-manchester-academy-2018-05-12-16-30-00 Doors – 4.30pm / On-Stage from 5.00pm Tickets - £25.00 advance
Let It Be to rock Hull New Theatre from 24-29 September, priced from £15.
Relive the heyday of the fab four when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles as Let It Be rocks Hull New Theatre this September.
The spectacular new concert show, direct from the West End, celebrates the legacy of one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands, with more than 40 of the group’s biggest hits.
Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in the Cavern Club to the giddy heights of Beatlemania, with live performances of a host of crowd pleasers including, Twist and Shout and She Loves You as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be.
A showcase of the true magic of the sixties super group this is a must see for all Beatles’ fans.
Tickets for Let it Be at Hull New Theatre from 24-29 September go on sale this Friday (January 19, 2018) at 10am, priced from £15.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
The Musical For All Time, Blood Brothers returns to Bridlington Spa on 2nd - 6th October
Considered ‘One of the best musicals ever written’ (Sunday Times), Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no fewer than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply ‘Unmissable and unbeatable’ (The Spectator).
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet. It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax. A sensational cast, incredible show stopping music, remarkable staging and five star performances make Blood Brothers an enthralling night of entertainment.
Willy Russell is undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Educating Rita, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a two year run in the West End and was made into a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.
Blood Brothers is performing at Bridlington Spa Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 October. Tickets can be booked via bridspa.com, in person or 01262 678258.