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MARC ALMOND JOINS JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA FOR THEIR AUTUMN/WINTER TOUR 2024

  • And introducing…blues guitar prodigy Toby Lee
  • 30 date tour goes on sale on Friday and includes The Royal Albert Hall, Manchester O2 Apollo, Birmingham Symphony Hall and more

London, Wednesday 31st January 2024

Jools says: “I’m delighted to announce a truly remarkable mix of guest artists on this year’s winter tour, from the Boogie woogie queen of our orchestra, Ruby Turner, to the iconic songmanship of Marc Almond. I’m also proud to introduce the new dazzling voice and guitar of British blues, the extraordinary 19-year-old Toby Lee. Louise Marshall and Sumudu Jayatilaka will be illuminating brilliant songs old and new. All backed by the unique sound of my Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, the big band that will treat us to mega talented soloists and frenzy inducing rhythms. Please come and join us, I look forward to seeing you.”

Musical maestro Jools Holland and his famous Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have today announced the run of dates for their 2024 Autumn/Winter tour, with special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 2nd February via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

Starting in Southend on October 31st, the tour will take in 30 shows across the UK including two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of November.

From his years in the internationally acclaimed duo Soft Cell to the successful solo career that followed, Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide with his list of hit songs including ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ and, of course, ‘Tainted Love’. Marc has been awarded the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award and the Icon Award by Attitude Magazine. His collaborators include the likes of Gene Pitney, Tony Visconti and Burt Bacharach, as well as Jools, who Marc previously recorded and toured with in 2018.

Audiences will also be treated to the supreme talent of blues guitar prodigy and social media sensation, Toby Lee. Described by Joe Bonamassa as “a future superstar of the blues”, Toby first came to public attention at 10 years old when he posted a get well soon jam for BB King which went viral with 5 million views in a week. Since then, he has gone on to perform in West End productions, winning Olivier and UK Blues Awards and showcasing his skills on TV and live performances around the world. Now joining Jools for every stop of the tour, audiences have a chance to see one of the world’s most promising blues guitarists in the flesh.

Fans will be thrilled to hear that the shows will once again feature the incredible Ruby Turner and the outstanding vocals of Louise Marshall and Sumudu Jayatilaka. Together with the skilful musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which features drums from original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, Jools Holland will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career. With a catalogue of boogie woogie classics to choose from, the show is sure to have fans of both Jools and Marc Almond on their feet!

Tickets for the tour are on general sale from 10am on Friday 2nd February via www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.seetickets.com

FULL AUTUMN UK TOUR 2024 DATES

Marc Almond will perform at every date with the exception of Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday 16th November. Toby Lee will perform on every date.

OCTOBER 2024

Thu 31st                                Southend                                                                   Cliffs Pavilion

NOVEMBER 2024

Fri 1st                                    Southend                                                                   Cliffs Pavilion

Sat 2nd                                 Ipswich                                                                      Regent Theatre

Sun 3rd                                 Cambridge                                                                Corn Exchange

Fri 8th                                    Bristol                                                                         Beacon

Sat 9th                                   Stoke                                                                          Victoria Hall

Sun 10th                               Reading                                                                     Hexagon

Thu 14th                                Guildford                                                                    G Live

NOVEMBER 2024 – cont’d

Fri 15th                                  Portsmouth                                                               Guildhall

Sat 16th                                Bournemouth                                                            Pavilion

Sun 17th                               Southampton                                                            Mayflower Theatre

Thu 21st                                Leicester                                                                    De Montfort Hall

Fri 22nd                                 Northampton                                                            Royal & Derngate

Sat 23rd                                Sheffield                                                                     City Hall

Sun 24th                               Nottingham                                                               Royal Concert Hall

Wed 27th                              Birmingham                                                               Symphony Hall

Thu 28th                                Birmingham                                                               Symphony Hall

Fri 29th                                  London                                                                      Royal Albert Hall

Sat 30th                                London                                                                      Royal Albert Hall

DECEMBER 2024

Thu 5th                                  Newcastle                                                                 City Hall

Fri 6th                                    Glasgow                                                                    SEC Armadillo

Sat 7th                                   Glasgow                                                                    SEC Armadillo

Sun 8th                                  Stockton                                                                    Globe

Wed 11th                              York                                                                            Barbican

Thu 12th                                Bath                                                                            Forum

Fri 13th                                  Plymouth                                                                   Pavilions

Sat 14th                                Brighton                                                                     Brighton Centre

Fri 20th                                  Leeds                                                                         First Direct Arena

Sat 21st                                 Manchester                                                               O2 Apollo

Sun 22nd                              Cardiff                                                                        Utilita Arena

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