One of the largest British bands of the 90s – Lighthouse Family – will visit Hull next year as part of a major UK tour.
The band, known for the huge track ‘Lifted’, will visit the Bonus Arena on Saturday, 22 February 2020. Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am.
Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker formed Lighthouse Family after meeting at Newcastle University in the early 1990s. Their 1995 debut album ‘Ocean Drive’ was a slow-burning success, going six times platinum while staying in the album charts for almost three years. ‘Lifted’ became one the defining songs of the era, a pop-soul classic that was inescapable on radio, becoming the soundtrack of high street Britain, drivetime Britain and night -out Britain.
The 1997 follow-up, ‘Postcards From Heaven’, featured three Top Ten singles – ‘Raincloud’, ‘High’ and ‘Lost in Space’ – and also went six – times platinum, charting across Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Their third album, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Day’ (2001) produced another Top Ten single in the shape of ‘(I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be) Free/One’, but by this time the band were at breaking point, their friendship burnt out after years on the road living in each others’ pockets. And Tunde was dealing with the grief of losing his mother, a situation complicated by the fact that his stepfather, Olusegun Obasanjo, was at the time the President of Nigeria.
Little wonder the duo badly needed a break. In the intervening years Paul formed a band, The Orange Lights, while Tunde released two solo albums, but the old connection between the pair remained, and in 2010 they got back together with a view to making a fourth album.
‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ will be released on May 3rd on Polydor and will include ‘Essentials’, all the band’s classic songs remastered for the very first time to celebrate their 25-year recording history. The lead single is ‘My Salvation’, a lushly melodic track every bit as good as you’d expect from the band.
The band announced a tour for November this year which has predominantly sold out, leading to further tour dates in early 2020.
Ticket prices start from £25 each for this seated concert, with VIP meet and greet passes available at £115. Booking fees apply.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, 3 May from www.bonusarenahull.com or call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
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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.