Jools Holland Announces 2024 UK Tour With Marc Almond
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, 2 February.
Starting in Southend on 31 October, the tour will take in 30 shows across the UK including two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 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 and special guests Ruby Turner, 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.
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.”
Marc Almond will perform at every date with the exception of Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday 16 November. Toby Lee will perform on every date.
JOOLS HOLLAND: 2024 UK TOUR DATES:
Thu 31 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Fri 1 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 2 Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sun 3 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Fri 8 Bristol Beacon
Sat 9th Stoke Victoria Hall
Sun 10 Reading Hexagon
Thu 14 Guildford G Live
Fri 15 Portsmouth Guildhall
Sat 16 Bournemouth Pavilion
Sun 17 Southampton Mayflower Theatre
Thu 21 Leicester De Montfort Hall
Fri 22 Northampton Royal & Derngate
Sat 23 Sheffield City Hall
Sun 24 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wed 27 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thu 28 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Fri 29 London Royal Albert Hall
Sat 30 London Royal Albert Hall
Thu 5 Newcastle City Hall
Fri 6 Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Sat 7 Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Sun 8 Stockton Globe
Wed 11 York Barbican
Thu 12 Bath Forum
Fri 13 Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 14 Brighton Brighton Centre
Fri 20 Leeds First Direct Arena
Sat 21 Manchester O2 Apollo
Sun 22 Cardiff Utilita Arena.