PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT ANNOUNCE DUBLIN ST. ANNE’S PARK SHOW PLUS VERY SPECIAL GUESTS DEACON BLUE
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, have announced a special one off headline outdoor show at Dublin’s St. Anne’s Park on Saturday 4th June 2022 (subject to licence) featuring support from very special guests Deacon Blue. This show replaces their much-postponed Irish tour dates which were originally due to take place in April 2020 and also Deacon Blue’s 3Olympia Theatre December 2021 postponed shows. All original tickets purchased for both artists are valid for St. Anne’s Park on Saturday 4th June 2022, no ticket exchange is required. Should an original ticket purchaser prefer a full refund they can obtain one by contacting their point of purchase until 30th March 2022.
The official statement reads:
“Following nearly 2 years of frustrating postponements and due to venue availability & time constraints, Paul & Jacqui will now replace their Irish tour dates with a special one off headline outdoor show at Dublin’s St Anne’s Park on Saturday 4th June 2022, featuring support from very special guests Deacon Blue. We have been scouring dates and options for a replacement Belfast show but unfortunately with no luck.
If you purchased a ticket to any of the postponed dates (Dublin, Belfast, Killarney, Galway & Donegal) these will all now automatically transfer to the Dublin St Anne’s Park show. If you would prefer not to attend you’ll be able to get a full refund from your ticket provider. Please keep hold of your tickets as these will all be valid for entry into St. Anne’s Park. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change but hopefully we’ll see you all in Dublin for a great show in June.”
Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross said, “We’re so pleased to be joining Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, bringing our two postponed Dublin shows together to make one great night, outside in St. Anne’s Park.’
Remaining tickets for the show will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 25th February from www.ticketmaster.ie priced at €39 including booking fees.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s fourth studio album ‘Manchester Calling’ which was released in March 2020, entered the UK official album chart at No 1, Paul & Jacqui’s first No 1 album as a duo. As members of the Beautiful South they reached the No 1 slot in the albums chart three times with Carry On Up The Charts: The Best Of (‘94), Blue Is The Colour (’96), and Quench (’98).
Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most consistently 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 No 1 acapella Isley Bros cover ‘Caravan Of Love’. The Housemartins released two albums ‘London 0 Hull 4’ (’86) and ‘The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death’ (’87). In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums – ‘Welcome To The Beautiful South’ (’89), Choke (’90), ‘0898 Beautiful South’ (’92), ‘Miaow’ (’94), ‘Blue Is The Colour’ (’96), ‘Quench’ (’98), ‘Painting It Red’ (2000), ‘Gaze’ (’03), ‘Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs’ (’04) and ‘Superbi’ (’06). In 2001 Heaton took a break from The Beautiful South and released his first solo album ‘Fat Chance’. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing ‘musical similarities’. Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from ’94 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream’. Paul Heaton went on to release two further solo albums: ‘The Cross-Eyed Rambler’ (’08) and ‘Acid Country’ (’10). In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called ‘The 8th’ based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released four acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ (’14),‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ (’15), ‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17) and ‘Manchester Calling’ (’20).
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID ABOUT ‘MANCHESTER CALLING’
“…richly observed, gently acerbic vignettes about the vagaries of British life, delivered over a mix of steadily uptempo pop, folk, ska and soul…” The Guardian
“…the record is awash with sparkling, instantly memorable melodies.” Uncut
“….a songwriter still brimming with inspiration, curiosity, wit and righteous ire….Musically too it’s a striking album…a kind of Soul-infused Americana, to take on Ska and moody electronica…” Record Collector
“…his plainspoken sincerity, tempered with a wry, compassionate wit, ensure that his songs speak to the heart.” Classic Pop
“…another winner, stuffed with cheering tunes and biting wit. You won’t know whether to hum along or laugh out loud.” Mail On Sunday
“Beautiful South duo celebrate the beautiful North.” Mojo
Remaining tickets for the show will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 25th February
from www.ticketmaster.ie priced at €39 including booking fees.
Subject to licence