Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott announce 2017 Tour Dates






We’re very pleased to announce Paul & Jacqui’s 2017 UK & Ireland tour dates.

There will be an exclusive 48 hour tour pre-sale for those who pre-order the album ‘Crooked Calypso’ at by 9pm on Monday 3rd July. Those who pre-order the album before this time (including those who have already pre-ordered the album) will receive the link and a unique passcode by email on Tuesday 4th July to access the 48 hour pre-sale that begins at 9:30am on Wednesday 5th July.

Tickets go on general sale at 9:30am on Friday 7th July from the following links:



Full list of tour dates as follows:

20th CORK Opera House
21st BELFAST Limelight
22nd DERRY Millennium Form
24th DUBLIN Olympia Theatre    
26th GALWAY Radisson Hotel
27th LIMERICK Big Top
28th WEXFORD Spiegletent

23rd SUNDERLAND Empire Theatre    
24th GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium
27th NEWPORT Centre
28th BRISTOL Colston Hall
30th MANCHESTER Albert Hall

2nd LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
4th LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
5th WATFORD Coliseum
7th LONDON Hammersmith Apollo
9th SHEFFIELD Motorpoint Arena


Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott To Headline Hull KC Lightstream Stadium (Home of Hull Kingston Rovers)

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will perform a very special one off show at Hull’s KC Lightstream Stadium (home of the world famous Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league club) on Saturday 3rd June ’17 with support from special guests The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg. This is their first headline show announced for 2017 and is also part of Hull’s UK City of Culture celebrations.

Paul and Jacqui will perform songs from their two recent top 5 albums and classic tracks from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins.

Tickets on sale 9:30am Friday 25th November from Gigs and Tours (click link)

Hope for Christmas: Suma Wholefoods deliver a pallet of food for Manchester foodbanks

Yesterday, Suma Wholefoods of Halifax delivered into Manchester a pallet of foods for Manchester Foodbanks as part of HOPE for Christmas.

Speaking of the HOPE for Christmas project Paul Heaton said:

"There are people in this country, be they on benefits or be they on low incomes, that simply cannot meet the rising cost of living. It falls to those of us that share common and moral values to stand up for those people and to stand in solidarity with those people who everyday go out of their way to make a difference. I believe in the concept of solidarity, not charity. Those of us who care and want change will come together in solidarity and in defence of our values and community."

Tickets for the gig in Manchester on Dec 12 are available here

HOPE for Christmas Update


We’re very pleased to confirm that legendary Hull singer-songwriter Mike Greaves has agreed to open the night for Paul and Jacqui.

For old Beautiful South fans, Mike is a familiar face and name, and the band recorded some of Mike’s tremendous songs- and as you will find out on December 12th, he continues to write and perform new songs. Mike was also a big part of Paul’s show the ‘8th’ which was released on CD.

 An old favourite is Mike’s song ‘Diamonds Always Shine’ which appeared as a B-side on ‘Old Red Eyes is Back’. Mike and Jacqui performed the song together at Paul’s pub in Salford a year or two ago:

Of the ‘Hatfield Brigade’ - the Hatfield Main Coalminers we are supporting, we are pleased now to unveil a (blurred) version of the T-shirt that will be available to purchase on the night. These T-shirts will be strictly limited edition. All profits from the sale of the ‘Heatongrad to Hatfield Main’ T-shirt will go to the miners to help them and their fight to preserve and keep the memory alive of their history, community and culture.


On the practical front, if you are attending the gig, there are a number of ways you can show solidarity with our other partners on the night. The Campaign Against Living Miserably will be selling the limited edition GMB Union ‘Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’ badge. All proceeds from these sales will go towards fighting male suicide.

For the Foodbanks, if you can spare a non-perishable item or two, they will be greatly received. Last year Porch Boxes in Bury were able to deliver over 300 Christmas boxes to families across Bury, Middleton and central Manchester. As well as food items, these boxes include every day essentials like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos etc.

In Moss side, the people in the Foodbanks there were able, with your generosity, to provide warm breakfasts for the homeless and those just in need of a warm meal and a friendly face over the festive period.

As with last year, we are very pleased to welcome Suma Wholefoods aboard, the UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler/distributor, specialising in vegetarian, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products. Suma are a workers’ co-operative committed to ethical business.

There's some more about Suma here.

They will be distributing their foods across Manchester via the GMB Union to those in need in Oldham and the surrounding areas.

But most of all, this evening will be about solidarity. So if you cannot contribute any more than what you have already paid for your ticket, we understand, and you are still most welcome to join us.

You can buy tickets for the gig by clicking here




Hope for Christmas II - Hatfield to Heatongrad

For the second consecutive year not only do Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have a top five album, the pair have also agreed to another HOPE for Christmas gig.

HOPE for Christmas is not just a concert close to Christmas, but a way of saying thank you to a number of people and organisations that inspire us all by their commitment to create change and to fight injustice.

Some of the organisations that will benefit from the concert do have charity status, others are organisations or groups who have stood together in the face of adversity.

This year in particular we are pleased to support the ‘Hatfield Brigade’, former coal miners from the Hatfield Main Colliery in South Yorkshire who are campaigning to preserve the mine’s headgear in the face of a campaign to tear down their history, their community and pride. These are not men and women who intend to go quietly into the annuals of history because it suits a government intent on destroying the organised working class.

Earlier this year Paul joined former Miners, their friends and their families on the ‘Long March Back’, a commemoration of the return to work by coalminers after their year long strike against Margaret Thatcher’s criminal destruction of Britain’s coal industry and the men and women who served it.

The connection between Paul and Hatfield Main Colliery goes back to the days of the Miners Strike and The Housemartins when Paul’s politics were shaped by standing with the men and women on the picket line at the colliery.

Speaking at a packed Miners Welfare Club after the ‘Long March Back’, Paul thanked the men and women for shaping and inspiring him. Some thirty years before he had recorded ‘Coal Train to Hatfield Main’ in homage to those times while with The Housemartins. The rueful instrumental appeared as a B-side on the 12 inch version of the single ‘Flag Day’.

This year we are producing a T-shirt linking the very real Hatfield with Paul’s current song ‘Heatongrad’. All monies from the sales of the T-shirt will go to the Hatfield Brigade and their campaign to preserve the history of the Doncaster coalfields. Mick Lanaghan from the Hatfield Main Community Heritage Association, speaking on behalf of the ‘Hatfield Brigade’ said:

“Over the years Paul has been a steadfast supporter of the miners in particular the Hatfield Main Colliery miners. His support during the year long strike and the connection he made then has remained a connection that we and the communities of Hatfield Main are immensely proud of.
“We (the Hatfield Brigade) and members of our heritage association are looking forward to attending the Hope for Christmas event on the 12th December to in some small way return our heartfelt thanks and support to Paul and Jacqui.”

Your donations of non-perishable foodstuffs and other goods will go to two foodbanks, one based in Bury and one based in Oldham. Both serve the wider Greater Manchester area. We are also pleased to announce that Suma Foods have once more donated food stuffs to help with the tally.

Last year we managed to collect over 4,000 items to for two Manchester foodbanks.


We are also proud to be supporting Article 26. The organisation helps Asylum Seekers who are unable to work or claim benefits gain access to Higher Education. Even though access to education is fundamental and basic human right, student tuition fees are substantially more expensive for Asylum Seekers who are treated as overseas students. Article 26 works with Universities to ensure that this basic human right is provided.

The sales of the limited edition ‘Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’ badges made by GMB will this year go to CALM, a mental health charity dealing with men’s mental health. It may surprise people to know that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

We are also supporting antiracist education initiatives.

Special thanks to the GMB for the support for the evening and the wider initiative.

Tickets for the gig can be found here

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