Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation – Church members, agnostics and atheists alike. It is both free of charge and free of religious commitment, and its 470-year-old choral music tradition – established around 1549 – is performed live and often to a very high standard.

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

The early 1980s weren’t the best of times to be an aspiring guitar player. Twenty years earlier, the head of Decca records, Dick Rowe, had made the biggest A&R gaff in pop history with the legendary clanger “Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr Epstein”. But in 1982, Rowe’s apocalyptic prophecy suddenly sounded frighteningly real. After the initial roar and storm of punk, British pop music had succumbed to a synthesizer-driven pursuit of new waves and new romanticisms. In an age of Vienna’s, Tainted Love’s and Too Shy’s, the pure sound of six-stringed, melodic pop – be it as amorous as The Beatles, as lascivious as The Stones or as giddy as T.Rex – was fast becoming a lost cause with few willing to fight its corner.

That all changed with Johnny Marr.

Born in Manchester on Halloween 1963, of Irish heritage, Marr’s earliest musical memories are the get-togethers of his extended family, perhaps – as his early guitar idol Marc Bolan would sing – dancing himself out of the womb to the traditional strains of Black Velvet Band. As a child he’d be spellbound by his parents’ record collection: the forlorn dramas of Del Shannon, the prison doldrums of Johnny Cash and the heart-popping bliss of his mother’s Four Tops singles. All these influences would linger at the back of the boy Marr’s brain, waiting for the command to attack his finger tips at a later date.

That date finally came during the early summer of 1982 when Marr, just 18 years-old, formed The Smiths after seeking out the reclusive and elusive Stretford poet, Morrissey. Musically, the sound of The Smiths was a guitar noise nostalgically familiar yet equally dumbfounding in its pristine newness. The tunes were giant, euphoric and instantaneous but woven together with such nimble flair it appeared as if the guitar was playing Marr instead of the other way round. Lost for words, early critics of the day undersold him with the words “jingle” and “jangle” when, had they tried, they might better have described the sound of Johnny Marr as that of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in angry animation. Or the echo of diamonds raining down upon zinc-plated cobblestones. Or the sound of kitchen cutlery bouncing off a gaffer-taped Telecaster (which, ridiculous as it sounds, is how Marr achieved some of the resonant clangs in This Charming Man.)

Music and Mindfulness: Socrates

Join Hull Urban Opera for a unique opportunity to experience Erik Satie’s hauntingly beautiful one-woman opera ‘Socrates’ led by mindfulness expert Jim Rogers and sung by Hull-born soprano Poppy Shotts.

The performance includes mindfulness, meditation and sensory prompts such as sounds and smells to powerfully experience a woman’s journey from the shock of sudden loss to acceptance and peace. You won’t have experienced a piece of music-theatre quite like this.

Music and Mindfulness: Socrates

Join Hull Urban Opera for a unique opportunity to experience Erik Satie’s hauntingly beautiful one-woman opera ‘Socrates’ led by mindfulness expert Jim Rogers and sung by Hull-born soprano Poppy Shotts.

The performance includes mindfulness, meditation and sensory prompts such as sounds and smells to powerfully experience a woman’s journey from the shock of sudden loss to acceptance and peace. You won’t have experienced a piece of music-theatre quite like this.

 

The Wonder Stuff

The Wonder Stuff

The Wonder Stuff to perform classic albums, The Eight Legged Groove Machine and HUP in their entirety on UK tour Plus, tracks from the new album, Better Being Lucky!

On the upcoming tour, The Wonder Stuff’s frontman, Miles Hunt says:
“When considering marking the release of the new album with a tour, I couldn’t help but think that we were missing out on an opportunity to acknowledge the thirtieth anniversary of HUP’s release. Once my mind went in that direction it occurred to me that we had completely ignored the thirtieth anniversary of The Eight Legged Groove Machine’s release last year. So why
the hell not do it all in one spectacular show while I’ve still got the breath in me!?”

Over three decades since the band’s very first rehearsal in the heart of The Black Country, The Wonder Stuff really has had an amazing journey so far, selling millions of albums worldwide and continuing to record and tour internationally. The band has remained at the top of their game and play with a passion and an attitude that has set them apart from most of their contemporaries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2h8k4x-C04

Paul Carrack

Paul Carrack

Paul Carrack is heading to the Bonus Arena, Hull on the 27th March 2020 as part of his UK tour.

Nicknamed ‘The Man with the GOLDEN VOICE’, Paul’s vocals have graced million selling songs such as ‘How Long’ by ACE, ‘Tempted’ by Squeeze and the Grammy Award nominated ‘Living Years’ by Mike and the Mechanics.

Paul Carrack and his awesome six-piece band take to the road again for their 30 date UK tour in January 2020. Having returned from touring Japan and the USA as a featured instrumentalist with the Eric Clapton Band, Paul is eager to get back to his own set highlighting not only the hits and collaborations with bands such as The Eagles but also songs from his 17 solo albums.

Carrack rose to prominence in the mid-1970s as the frontman and principal songwriter of Ace, and gained further recognition for his work as a solo artist and for his tenures as a member of Roxy MusicSqueeze and Roger Waters‘ backing band, The Bleeding Heart Band, intermittently handling lead vocals on Squeeze and Waters recordings. He enjoyed considerable success as the co-lead singer (with Paul Young) and a songwriter for Mike + The Mechanics.

Carrack’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, the EaglesDiana RossTom JonesMichael McDonald and Jools Holland, and he has served as a session and/or touring musician for the likes of Elton JohnEric ClaptonRingo StarrB.B. KingThe PretendersThe Smiths and Madness.

THE BEVERLEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

The Beverley Fringe FESTIVAL takes off throughout the town over the weekend of  21st, 22nd and 23rd June and we have a great line up of music acts playing at ERT.

    • Late Night Club – Friday 21 June at 10:00pm
    • Sax It Up – Saturday 22 June at  11:30am
    • Late Night Club – Saturday 22 June at 10:00pm
    • Horizon Stage – Sunday 23 June at 2:00pm
    • Steve Knightley – Sunday 23 June 7:30pm
    • Late Night Club – Sunday 23 June at 10:00pm

Please see website for further details http://www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

 

 

STACEY KENT

We are delighted to welcome back Stacey Kent, with her 5-piece band, who will be featuring music from her latest release I Know I Dream (Sony Music/Okeh) alongside a collection of numbers from her previous albums, including the Grammy-nominated Breakfast on the Morning Tram.

This beautiful collection of songs, with American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey’s most loved repertoire – includes numbers co-written by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire.

For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, her return to Beverley provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her ‘live’ in concert.

“She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody’s business” The Wall Street Journal    

The Music Of Prince

The Music of Prince

Celebrate the life, legacy and the music of Prince. This brilliantly funky show featuring the world class New Purple Celebration delivers a non-stop 2-hour hit packed extravaganza.

Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved artists of all time: 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, Raspberry Beret, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and so many more.

Lunch Time Concert – Jurij Likin (Oboe)

The University of Hull and Leeds College of Music join forces with distinguished international oboist, Jurij Likin (Czech Philhramonic Orchestra) to perform a varied programme of music for the baroque oboe band, including music by Telemann, Mouret and Lully.

Free admission. Reserve your place today.

Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti

Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti is to bring his UK tour to the Bonus Arena this November.

The English solo acoustic singer, of Italian descent, will perform in Hull on Friday, 22 November.

Due to popular demand Jack Savoretti’s tour has been extended into November and will also take in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Aberdeen Music Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Halifax Victoria Theatre and Ipswich Regent.

He has released six studio albums to date: Between the Minds (2007), Harder Than Easy (2009), Before the Storm (2012), Written in Scars (2015), Sleep No More (2016) and Singing to Strangers (2019).

His fourth album Written In Scars (2015) reached the Top Ten a full year after its release, a performance of Catapult on The Graham Norton Show, well, catapulting the record into the upper reaches of the charts, pushing it to sales of some 150,000.

“The luckiest thing that ever happened to me is not having a hit,” Savoretti declares, “because it’s never constrained me into having to repeat it.”

New album Singing To Strangers is an intoxicating, swooning rhapsody of strings, choral harmonies, sinuous bass and guitar, and Savoretti’s woody, heartfelt rasp.

“That’s my job: I sing to strangers. That is what I’ve spent most of my life doing. And I think that was my way of validating my career, saying: this is how we got here. And also to anyone else out there: you want to do this? Go sing to strangers!”

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

Indie-rock three piece TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB will bring their UK arena tour to Hull this October.

The Bangor band – set to release fourth studio album False Alarm in June – will visit the Bonus Arena on 10 October.

Having put the icing on their comeback last summer with a landmark headline performance in front of 35,000 people at London’s Community Festival, TDCC warm up for their tour on the festival circuit, with performances lined up at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, as well as headline slots at Truck, Tramlines and Y Not Festivals amongst others.

The band are known for the songs ‘What You Know’, ‘Something Good Can Work’ and new single ‘Talk’.

Two Door Cinema Club are the latest big name to confirm an appearance at the Bonus Arena. Catfish and the Bottlemen, Richard Ashcroft and Courteeners have already performed at the Hull venue, while Noel Gallagher is scheduled to visit in May alongside Sean Paul, Olly Murs and Stereophonics.

The Stylistics

The Stylistics are known instantly for their many recognisable hits such as the Grammy nominated ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ plus numerous classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love), ‘Let’s Put It All Together’, ‘Stop Look Listen’, ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’, ‘Sing Baby Sing’ and many more.

The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking, plying audiences with the hits that made them a household name.

It’s a show not to be missed, for one night only!

Someone Like You: Adele Songbook

Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook is a stunning live concert performance, celebrating the music of one of our generations finest singer-songwriters.

Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC Special, the outstanding Katie Markham leads a super-talented six piece band through all your favourite Adele hits plus much more in this internationally acclaimed show – from powerhouse performances with Force 10 vocals through to intimate torch songs and a spellbinding sit down acoustic section.

The world class show faithfully recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25 – including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep, Skyfall and many more.

Two Pianos Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience

Become part of the Two Pianos experience as Al Kilvo and David Barton, along with their top-class band, bring you to your feet as they battle to deliver the best rock ‘n’ roll piano playing audiences have seen.

With unique arrangements, live piano cams and hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and many more.

Lighthouse Family

Lighthouse Family

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.