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Suggs:

A Life in the Realm of Madness


Fri 16 Feb
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Madness frontman Suggs not only sold out venues up and down the land with his one man show My Life Story, he also won rave reviews from the press and public. Now he's back with a brand new show and performing at the PAA for the very first time.

It's been nearly 40 years since a teenage Suggs won the hearts of the nation, belting out the now classic ska hits One Step Beyond, My Girl, Our House and Baggy Trousers. With the songs sounding as fresh today as they did back in the 80s, Suggs has now turned his writing skills into capturing some of the many adventures he's had in the course of his colourful career.

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace while playing for the Queen's Jubilee, Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics, Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie's driveway. Suggs has more stories to tell than the Brothers Grimm... and this show will see his effortlessly engaging skills as a raconteur combine with some of his best loved music.

Natural comic timing - The Times

The charisma of an accomplished actor, the timing of a veteran stand up - The Guardian


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Lloyd Cole:

A Retrospective. Performing the Lloyd Cole Song Book 1983 to 1996


Sat 24 Feb
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

He wrote some of the classic hits of his generation, and we are thrilled to have Lloyd Cole playing here at Yarm's Princess Alexandra Auditorium on Saturday 24 February.

Lloyd was the iconic frontman of Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, before continuing with his subsequent critically acclaimed solo work.

Now, celebrating the release of his 1983-1996 anthology, Lloyd will perform songs exclusively from this classic period - with the show set to feature a string of hits that still stand the test of time today.

Fans can expect to hear hits including Perfect Skin, Rattlesnakes, Forest Fire, Lost Weekend, Brand New Friend, Jennifer She Said, Are You Ready to be Heartbroken and much more besides.


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John Cooper Clarke

plus special guests


Fri 09 Mar
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

8:00pm Doors

Tickets: 01642 525 199

I say to people, have you heard of John Cooper Clarke and if they say, yes, yeah he's an absolute genius and you just go, 'oh - ok, you've saved me a lot of time - Steve Coogan

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original 'people's poet'.Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today's pop culture. Aside from his trademark 'look' continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in 2 recent global number 1 albums - with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album

His latest show, touring across the UK, USA, Canada & Australasia, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat - a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.


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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

 


Fri 30 Mar
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Classic rock icon and original cockney rebel Steve Harley has written and recorded eleven albums in an acclaimed career covering four decades. Originally formed in 1973, Cockney Rebel had Top 20 hits with Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun and of course their No.1 Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me) – one of UK radio's most played songs of all time.


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Heather Small:

The Voice of M People


Wed 11 Apr
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

As part of M People, with a string of hits including Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven,Search for the Hero, and albums including Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving worldwide success, Heather became one of the most instantly recognisable and iconic British voices of the 1990's, soundtracking a whole generation.

She has since enjoyed huge success with two solo albums, with the title track of her Proud album becoming the soundtrack to a host of major events including London's successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, England's victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.

But, not content to rest on her laurels, Heather's passion for music gives her the impetus to keep moving forward and constantly challenge herself to break new ground.

If you got the feeling I do when I sing... she smiles, you'd understand


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Brian Blessed:

An Evening with Brian Blessed


Thu 12 Apr
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Larger than life actor, writer and presenter Brian Blessed has announced a live appearance at Yarm's Princess Alexandra Auditorium. A giant of stage and screen, he is also an avid explorer and climber and An Evening with Brian Blessed will combine anecdotes from his illustrious acting career with tales of his adventuring.

The show will see the OBE-honoured actor recounting stories from his numerous film and TV appearances from Flash Gordon to Black Adder and I Claudius to Z Cars. And he will also be talking about his three attempts to climb Everest without oxygen; his expedition to the jungles of Venezuela during which he survived a plane crash; his trek to the North Pole (he is the oldest man to go to the Pole on foot) and his 800 hours of space training in Russia!

With a career spanning more than 50 years, there is no shortage of material. On screen, he has appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare films (four of them!). On stage his credits range from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And his trademark booming, operatic voice has also featured on everything from Peppa Pig character Grampy Rabbit to a voice download on TomTom's sat nav system.


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Chris Difford [Squeeze] & Boo Hewerdine

 


Fri 13 Apr
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

8:00pm Show

Tickets: 01642 525 199

As a member of one of London's best-loved bands, Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, Hourglass, and Tempted. Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans' lives since his first release in 1977, and his passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing today.

Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, Chris has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His 'kitchen sink-drama' style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze's music and to Difford's way with words.

Joining Chris is Boo Hewerdine, singer-songwriter and driving force behind English eighties rockers The Bible. As well as solo recordings and work for film, he's also an acclaimed producer, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as 'one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters'.

These hugely talented, fantastically diverse artists will provide an evening of pure entertainment.


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The World Famous Elvis Show

starring Chris Connor


Sat 14 Apr
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

The world's leading Elvis Presley tributeThe Telegraph

He has been voted The Greatest Elvis Tribute in the World, sells out theatres around the globe and has been described by Elvis's close friend and Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling as simply the best out there.

Ladies and Gents we are delighted to bring you…

The World Famous Elvis Show Starring Chris Connor!

Named Best Elvis Tribute in the World in a worldwide fan poll, Chris Connor appears with his 12 piece live band The Steels and backing vocalists The Sweet Harmonies, in a magnificent 2-hour theatre production featuring the hits that made Elvis the undisputed king of rock and roll.

There is only one Elvis Presley but if you weren't lucky enough to see him play live, this is about as close as you're ever likely to get. Check Chris out on Youtube - there are loads of great videos up there.

Here's a quick link to get you in the mood.

Chris Connor is to me the closest thing to the King I've ever heard and ever seen in my life. I'm in shock, it's simply amazing...Martin Fontaine (actor in the Elvis story)

Wow that boy is good. Damn, he looks just like Elvis! - Joe Esposito (Elvis' best friend & road manager)


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Jason Donovan:

and his amazing midlife crisis


Sat 12 May [Re-scheduled date]
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors / 18+

SOLD OUT

Jason Donovan has been forced to postpone his autumn dates, and has issued the following apology to his fans:

It is with huge regret that on medical advice due to reasons associated with my speaking voice, I have been forced to postpone my forthcoming Midlife Crisis tour until Spring 2018.

Those that know me will know that this was not easy decision, nor a decision taken lightly - for the past ten years I've done hundreds of shows and have only ever cancelled a handful of dates. As you can imagine, when your speaking voice is strained, it's difficult to embark on a 35 date tour that primarily revolves around me telling stories about my career and my life! I want to be on top form so as I can enjoy the experience and most importantly that you as an audience can share these memories without a sense that I'm compromising my performance. Apologies once again, and I look forward to seeing you all next spring!

All original tickets valid for the new dates – no action required if you still wish to attend the rescheduled show. Otherwise, please contact your ticket issuer by Friday 29th September to arrange a refund.


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Eddi Reader

 


Sun 13 May
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors / 18+

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Eddi Reader (real name Sadenia!) has proven herself to be a tour-de-force of musical talent over her illustrious career.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, is perhaps best known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career that so far is quite the tale... After starting out as a busker in her home town of Glasgow she headed to London and then across Europe in the early 1980s, performing live on the streets with circus and performance artists.

She headed back to London answering an advert from legendary punks Gang Of Four who needed a backing singer for a TV appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test and for UK tour. She went on to tour the US with the band but left to pursue more work singing with acts such as Eurythmics, John Foxx and Alison Moyet.

After a while living in Paris she came back to London and joined Fairground Attraction whose first single Perfect took the UK pop scene by storm, going to No. 1 in the UK charts, and the band scooped best single and best album at the Brit Awards. After the band split, Reader spent some time acting in everything from Royal Shakespeare to BBC dramas, before kick starting her solo musical career. Through the nineties she released albums on Warner Bros, RCA and Rough Trade, and won Best Female Singer at The Brits..

Many more critically acclaimed albums followed, and in 2003, not content to rest in any kind of comfort zone, she recorded an album of material by Robert Burns with the Royal Scottish Orchestra.

Since then, she's sung for the Queen, performed for the reopened Scottish Parliament, received three honorary doctorates (and an MBE!), performed in the period drama Me and Orson Wells with Claire Danes and Zac Efron, rearranged 1930's standards with Jools Holland, written for film soundtracks including Batman and has of course continued releasing stunning solo albums...Phew!

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song and she has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most affecting performers.


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NICK HEYWARD

 


Thu 31 May
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Fronting Haircut 100, Nick’s first stint into the industry burnt briefly and brightly – the ultimate group of pals who, within 1 year in the early 80’s hit the big time. It finished as quickly as it began, the band parted ways and Nick’s first solo album, North Of A Miracle, was released in September 1983. A production masterpiece (by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick) that bore the classic singles Blue Hat For a Blue Day and Whisper Down The Wind.

Across Nick’s career he’s supported Wham! at Wembley at their farewell shows and released a string of charming hit records. He’s played the record company game across the years – Warner and Sony have sought him out and when Alan McGee was flush with Oasis cash in the late 90s and wanted Creation Records to sign his personal faves, Nick Heyward was at the top of that list.

In recent years Nick teamed up with Pledge Music, to allow him to speak directly to his audience, who have made his brand new album Woodland Echoes a reality.

Nick has had more than his fair share of adulation in the past – Danny Baker raved about Pelican West in NME, and Nick pulled off the remarkable feat of being feted simultaneously by Smash Hits and The Face.

‘This feels to me like the first part of a solo career,’ Nick says. ’I don’t really see it as solo, I just make music, I want to do it properly and it’s taken me years to get to this point.’

It’s a treat to have Nick Heyward back making premium pop music. He once told Smash Hits ‘I want to make the kind of LP you can wrap up and give as a present. No duff tracks at all, just 12 shining singles’… Last year, with Woodland Echoes, he has finally achieved his goal.


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KING CREOSOTE

 


Fri 01 Jun
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

King Creosote (otherwise known as Fife’s Kenny Anderson) and his band make their first-ever appearance at ARC.

Last year’s Astronaut Meets Appleman album followed KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland with Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011), It garnered rave reviews pretty much across the board:

‘King Creosote’s finest hour yet’ - Mojo

‘His wrinkled brogue – warm, pithy, occasionally fluttering to a falsetto – is a thing of understated beauty in itself, framed in folk-shanty arrangements that make telling use of strings and bagpipes’ Uncut

‘Kenny Anderson serves up another gem & lives up to his reputation as one of our great lyricists’ - Sunday Times Culture

‘King Creosote is still finding ways to push himself and is totally justified purely for the creativity of the finished work’ - The Line of Best Fit

On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts.

Many of you will be fans already. For those yet to discover KC, our advice is… buy the record (if you haven’t already), see the show, and get on board with one of the most singular talents to emerge from the Scottish music scene in decades.


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RICKY ROSS

SHORT STORIES VOL 1


Wed 06 Jun
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Ricky Ross, the voice and founder of multimillion album selling band Deacon Blue is coming to ARC for the first time! The Scottish singer-songwriter will be showcasing new material as well as revisiting some of the best known hits of Deacon Blue’s vast back catalogue. And with 12 UK top 40 singles and two Number One albums, there’s no shortage of tracks to choose from.   When the World Knows Your Name.  Real Gone Kid.  Fergus Sings the Blues.  Dignity. Wages Day ... Take your pick!

As well as providing a sound track to the ‘80s and ‘90s for millions of fans around the world, Ricky has also forged a hugely successful solo career with a clutch of studio albums including last year’s sumptuous Short Stories Vol 1.  He has also written for or with a veritable who’s who of contemporary artists including James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jamie Cullum and Nanci Griffith.

More than 30 years after the release of Deacon Blue’s first album, the show at ARC will be a chance for fans to see him up close and personal with that voice and those songs!   “My solo shows are a very different beast to Deacon Blue live. They're intimate, minimal, a chance for me to revisit songs that started out life with just piano and vocals and take them back to their roots, as well as play some new songs inspired by recent times"

We can’t wait!

Support comes from BBC Young Folk Award nominee Roseanne Reid, who releases her first Americana style folk album later this year produced by Teddy Thompson.


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THE WILDCATS OF KILKENNY

UNPLUGGED (ISH)


Fri 07 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Local heroes The Wildcats of Kilkenny have come a long way since their very first gig in a packed Egglescliffe Village Hall back in 1991. Since then, Mike McGrother and his merry men have taken their fiddle fuelled, punked up version of traditional Irish tunes to audiences across the globe - from Billingham to Beijing and Dormanstown to Donegal.

We are delighted to welcome them to Yarm for their very first show at the PAA. As a fully seated theatre show, you can expect something a little bit different from a usual Wildcats gig as Mike looks back on almost 30 years on the road. He’ll be exploring the links between his Teesside home and his Irish heritage – through story, song and plenty of craic – and there might even be the chance to throw a few questions at the band in the midst of all the madness!

With special guests the mighty male voice choir Infant Hercules, this will a night that will leave you proud to be a Teessider!


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SHOWADDYWADDY


Fri 21 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Showaddywaddy have been on tour since 1973, played over 100 shows last year and were voted the hardest-working band of 2016!

Long established as Europe's most successful exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll, the band began their career by winning hearts and dance floors up and down the country in the 70s and 80s with their feelgood hits, and colourful Teddy Boy look.

In a career that now spans over four decades, they have amassed 23 Top 40 hit singles, as well as over 50 Top of the Pops performances and countless awards to boot. 2018 sees Showaddywaddy celebrating their 45th year as a group, and the demand for these legendary performers is every bit as strong now as it was back then - surely a testament to their outstanding reputation as live artists. Teesside fans can expect hit after hit - Under The Moon of Love, Hey Rock n Roll, Pretty Little Angel Eyes, You Got What It Takes, 3 Steps To Heaven - plus many more, taken from their 15 massive selling albums. This will be a night to remember!


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RUBY TURNER


Sat 22 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

With 17 albums under her belt and the rare distinction of being a British artist who has topped the American R&B charts, soul and gospel diva Ruby Turner has come a long way since her early days learning the art of touring with Culture Club.

With a voice that has earned her hits and fans the world over – from I’d Rather Go Blind to American chart topper It’s Gonna Be Alright – she is, quite simply, one of the most successful singers of her generation. A regular in Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra, she has also sung with everyone from Brian Ferry to Mick Jagger. If you have never seen her before live, prepare for a soul stirring evening!

‘Soul, Gospel and R&B : Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove’ – The Guardian


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BOOTLEG BEATLES


Thi 20 Dec
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 729 729

They’ve been the Beatles longer than the Beatles themselves; they’ve played the main stage at Glastonbury; sold out the Royal Albert Hall almost 20 times and played for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The Bootleg Beatles are the world’s biggest tribute band – and they are bringing their incredible show to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday 20 December.

Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the sixties, every tiny detail is meticulously covered – from costumes, to authentic period instruments; from their witty Scouse banter to their inflection perfect vocal mimicry.

Complete with a little help from their orchestral ensemble, this is a not-to-be-missed spectacular for Beatles fans of all ages.

***** A joy to behold! – The Telegraph

Exhilarating – The Times

Flawless – Mojo

Perfect – The Independent

Off the scale fabulous – Chris Evans

They’re so popular, they should have their own tribute – Jonathan Ross