PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT return to Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Sat 11th April

PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT return to Belfast's Ulster Hall on Sat 11th April

Following the announcement of their fourth studio album ​‘Manchester Calling’​, ​Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced an Irish tour. ​Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott ​will play Galway’s Leisureland on April 9th 2020, Dublin’s 3Arena April 10th, the Ulster Hall Belfast on April 11th and finishing the tour at the INEC in Killarney on April 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday 29th November at 9 am via Ticketmaster.

‘Manchester Calling’ ​boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting – effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.

Produced by long-time collaborator John Williams who produced both Housemartins albums and the previous three ​Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott​ albums – ‘What Have We Become’ (’14), ‘Wisdom, Laughter & Lines’ (’15), and ‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17) – the record was recorded at Blueprint Studios in Salford, Manchester. As is Paul Heaton’s habit the lyrics were written in various locations in North Holland and Belgium while the music was composed in a hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria and in Limburg An Der Lahn in Germany.

Says Paul​: “I’ve lived in Manchester for 17 years now and recording an album here for the first time, was looking forward to cycling to work. That was never possible as Manchester is now being turned into a business centre for the rich, which I can’t stand. If there’s a theme to the record, it’s anti-growth, anti-greed, against the continuous tearing down of old buildings and sticking up soulless offices, and the disappearance of local accents on TV, along with the creeping spread of Americanese. So, some curmudgeonly moans, plus some hopefully uplifting love songs. Originally it was set up to be a double LP like ‘London Calling’ but alas the double album has also become a victim of time”

Says Jacqui​: “I’m so pleased and excited about the new album, it was wonderful to work on new songs and even more so that we did double what we have done for the last few records. It’ll be a joy to see others react to something we took such pleasure out of making”​


Thurs 9th Galway Leisureland
Fri 10th Dublin 3Arena

Sat 11th Belfast Ulster Hall
Sun 12th Killarney INEC
Thurs 16t​ h​ Glasgow SEC Armadillo Fri 17t​ h​ Leeds First Direct Arena Sat 18t​ h​ Newcastle Utilita Arena Sun 19t​ h​ Dundee Caird Hall
Tue 21s​ t​ Hull Bonus Arena
Wed 22n​ d​ Hull Bonus Arena
Fri 24t​ h​ Birmingham Arena
Sat 25t​ h​ Liverpool M&S Arena
Sun 26t​ h​ Leicester De Montfort Hall Wed 29t​ h​ London Palladium
Thur 30t​ h​ London Palladium


Fri 1s​ t​ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sat 2n​ d​ Stoke Victoria Hall

Tickets go on sale Friday 29th at 9 am. Tickets from €39/£ including booking fee.

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