Jools Holland 2012 Spring/Summer Dates

Jools Holland 2012 Spring/Summer Dates

2012 SPRING / SUMMER DATES

CHRIS DIFFORD, MARC ALMOND, ROLAND GIFT

AND GREGORY PORTER ALL CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced the special guests for their annual Spring / Summer tour. Chris Difford, Marc Almond, Roland Gift and Gregory Porter will be appearing throughout the UK run, which starts on Wednesday 2 May at The Anvil, Basingstoke. With a much loved and well oiled show guaranteed to get audiences up on their feet, the tour will continue across 27 cities taking in music festivals, racecourses and arenas, finishing on Sunday 26 August at Inverness Northern Meeting Park. Squeeze front-man and one of London's greatest songwriters Chris Difford will be Jools' special guest for 6 dates of the tour. Having had numerous hits including 'Tempted', 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)', 'Cool for Cats' and 'Up the Junction' Chris will make a great addition to these dates. American jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee Gregory Porter will be performing with Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on 13 dates of the Spring / Summer Tour. Porter has already wowed crowds this side the Atlantic after his performances on Later... with Jools Holland and Hootenanny. Marc Almond, who will also be joining Jools on his Autumn / Winter Tour this year, will be performing at 4 of the Spring / Summer dates. Having sold over 30 million records world wide, Marc has made an unprecedented contribution to British Popular music. In addition to numerous hits during his time in Soft Cell, including 'Tainted Love' 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye', Marc went on to become an international acclaimed solo artist with chart-topping success around the world. Another great addition to the line-up will be former Fine Young Cannibals frontman Roland Gift. The singer had huge success with the band during the 1980s with a No. 1 UK album (1988's The Raw and The Cooked), and two No.1 hit singles 'She Drives Me Crazy' and 'Good Thing' - the latter also holds the honour of being the most successful record that Jools Holland has ever guested on, after it went No. 1 in 17 countries. Roland will be joining Jools on 3 dates of the Spring / Summer tour in addition to a further 17 dates of the Autumn /Winter tour. The tour will also feature the astounding vocals of Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and acclaimed trombonist Rico Rodriguez. FULL SPRING / SUMMER TOUR DATES: MAY 2012 Wed 2nd Basingstoke, The Anvil * Wed 9th Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre * Thu 10th St Albans, The Alban Arena * Wed 16th Skegness, Embassy Theatre * Thu 17th Bridlington, SPA Royal Hall * Fri 18th Perth Festival of the Arts, Perth Concert Hall **** Sat 19th Preston, Guild Hall **** Wed 23rd Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre * Thu 24th Croydon, Fairfield Halls * Thu 31st Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre * JUNE 2012 Fri 1st Southwell Folk Festival, Southwell **** Sat 2nd Aberystwyth Arts Centre Sun 3rd Malvern Festival, Festival Theatre * Fri 15th Hampton Court Festival *** Thu 28th Isle of Man, Villa Marina *** Sat 30th Haywards Heath, Borde Hill Gardens *** JULY 2012 Wed 11th Larmer Tree Festival, Tollard Royal ** Fri 13th Guilfest, Guildford ** Wed 18th Rochester Castle ** Sat 21st Bath Racecourse, Sulis Sound Track Family Festival of Music and Sport *** Wed 25th Milton Keynes Theatre * Thurs 26th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall * Fri 27th Llandudno, Venue Cymru * Sat 28th Carlisle, The Sands Centre * AUGUST 2012 Thu 2nd Wickham Festival (nr Portsmouth) **** Sat 18th Stafford, Shugborough Estate **** Sun 26th Inverness Northern Meeting Park **** * Gregory Porter ** Roland Gift *** Marc Almond **** Chris Difford For tickets and more information, please go to www.joolsholland.com

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