Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott announce 2022 shows
By Steve O'Brien | November 25, 2021
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, ex of The Beautiful South, have announced two special stadium shows for next summer at St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday 22nd July and Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd July. Special guests on both shows will be The Proclaimers & The Lathums. The show follow the pair’s sell out UK tour around the UK (including three free shows for NHS and care workers).
Paul and Jacqui’s fourth studio album, Manchester Calling, which was released in March 2020, entered the UK official album chart at No 1, their first chart-topping album as a duo.
As members of The Beautiful South they reached the No.1 slot in the albums chart three times with Carry On Up The Charts: The Best Of (‘94), Blue Is The Colour (’96), and Quench (’98).
Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000, singing on many of their signature hits including Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream. After the split of The Beautiful South in 2007, Paul Heaton went on to release two solo albums: The Cross-Eyed Rambler (’08) and Acid Country (’10).
In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called The 8th based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released four acclaimed albums as a duo: What Have We Become (’14), Wisdom, Laughter And Lines (’15), Crooked Calypso (’17) and Manchester Calling (’20).
Steve O'BrienSteve O’Brien is a writer who specialises in music, film and TV. He has written for magazines and websites such as SFX, The Guardian, Radio Times, Esquire, The New Statesman, Digital Spy, Empire, Yours Retro, The New Statesman and MusicRadar. He’s written books about Doctor Who and Buffy The Vampire Slayer and has even featured on a BBC4 documentary about Bergerac. Apart from his work on Classic Pop, he also edits CP’s sister magazine, Vintage Rock Presents.