Bill Bailey has announced a new arena tour for December next year, including a date at Hull’s Bonus Arena.
The comic – who is about to go into Strictly Come Dancing – has unveiled 12 big dates for the new show “En Route To Normal”, including a Boxing Day gig at Wembley Arena in London.
As the title suggests, material will include lockdown and how to ‘see a way through the strange unreality of our new world’ – but the comic says he came up with the name ‘before we’d even heard of Covid’.
According the show’s description: ‘Tracing lines through chaotic moments in history, Bill seeks out parallels where human resilience and our ability to endure has got us through times of strife.’
Bailey says that for him the pandemic led to a greater appreciation of birdsong and how nature has inspired many great composers. Lockdown also prompted him him to create dance remixes of video-calling ringtones.
Bailey’s last tour was Larks In Transit, which toured the UK, Australia, and New Zealand – including a five-week residency at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre – starting in 2018 and playing to more than 350,000 people. A final European leg of the Larks In Transit tour was pulled because of the coronavirus.
His new book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, a collection of essays exploring the nature of happiness, will be published next month.
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Bonus Arena is a state-of-the-art, music and events complex with a capacity of up to 3,500 people that will allow Hull to attract large corporate conferences, exhibitions and trade tours as well as major touring concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows and sporting events. The plans include the building of the new arena, alongside the rebuilding of Osborne Street car park and additional public spaces in a currently derelict area on Myton Street behind Princes Quay shopping centre. The arena is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018. The building is owned by Hull City Council and will be managed by SMG Europe, a world leader in venue management, operation and marketing with more than 220 venues worldwide, including Manchester Arena, Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, First Direct Arena Leeds, The Baths Hall and The Plowright Theatre Scunthorpe.