Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have confirmed a huge show at Castlefield Bowl for next year.

The duo will wrap up a major UK tour at the waterside pavilion on Saturday 4th July. Tickets go on sale this Friday 15th November at 9.30am.

The new tour kicks off in April and comes in support of their fourth studio album Manchester Calling, which promises a mix of uplifting love songs and “curmudgeonly moans”.

Recorded at Blueprint Studios in Salford, the Castlefield show will give the duo a chance to perform the new album to the town which inspired it.

“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,” said Paul.

“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”

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

Tickets go on sale this Friday 15th November at 9.30am. News of more shows at Castlefield Bowl will be coming soon as part of Sounds of The City.

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