Gigs & Nightlife

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce Manchester gig on autumn UK tour

And they're promising tickets will remain at £30

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 25th August 2022

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced a return to Manchester on their autumn UK tour.

The tour will include some of their biggest-ever shows as a duo, with support from special guest Billy Bragg at all dates.

They’ll be gigging at the AO Arena in Manchester, as well as the O2 Arena in London and Sheffield’s Utilita Arena.

And despite such massive arena shows on the cards, they’re promising tickets will remain at just £30.

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s tour will be in support of their upcoming new album, N.K-Pop, which is due for release on 7 October.

Two songs from the album, Still and Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two) have already been released.

Their previous album, Manchester Calling, went straight to number one when it was released in March 2020.

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In 2022, Paul Heaton’s songwriting was recognised with a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

With some 15 million album sales under his belt, his music career has included stints as the frontman of The Housemartins (the same group that gave us Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook) and, of course, The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums.

Read more: Coldplay announce massive Manchester gigs next summer

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In 2001 Heaton took a break from The Beautiful South – where Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist between 1994 and 2000 – and released his first solo album Fat Chance, followed by two more solo records.

In 2011, the pair reunited for Heaton’s musical, The 8th, and have since released four albums as a duo.

Earlier this year, Paul Heaton cemented his place in the nation’s hearts by putting £1000 behind the bar of 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland, so fans could have a drink on him on his birthday.

Tickets for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s autumn UK tour will go on sale at 9.30am on Thursday 1 September through Gigs and Tours.

Full tour dates are:

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November
26 SWANSEA Arena
27 LLANDUDNO Cymru Arena
28 BLACKPOOL Opera House

December
1 BRIDLINGTON Spa
2 GLASGOW OVO Hydro
3 STOCKTON Globe
5 PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
6 NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
8 BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
9 SHEFFIELD Utilita Arena
10 MANCHESTER AO Arena
17 LONDON The O2

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