Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced their annual musical excursion around the UK and Ireland for 2018.

Highlights of the 35-date tour, now in its 23rd year, include two performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 30 November and 1 December, along with arena shows in Dublin’s 3Arena on 20 October, Aberdeen’s BHGE Arena on 22 November, Leeds’ First Direct Arena on 14 December, Brighton Centre on 15 December and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 22 December.

Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond will be accompanying Jools for the 2018 autumn/winter UK tour as a special guest, *with the exception of 1 December at the Royal Albert Hall where Chris Difford and Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson of The Selecter will join Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on stage instead.

In his 36-year career, Marc has sold over 30 million records worldwide with his list of hit songs including ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, ‘Touch’ and, of course, ‘Tainted Love’. Marc has also collaborated with the likes of Gene Pitney, Tony Visconti and Burt Bacharach, as well as Jools who Marc previously toured with in 2014. He was awarded an OBE this year for his services to arts and culture.

Previous special guests who have performed alongside Jools on his UK tours include the likes of Lulu, Joss Stone, Roland Gift, Melanie C and most recently José Feliciano who released a joint album with Jools in November 2017, ‘As You See Me Now’.

Also performing with Jools will be the supremely talented vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. With a tremendous collection of Jools compositions and boogie-woogie classics to choose from, Jools’ annual UK tour is set to be an unforgettable night out that will delight both Jools and Marc Almond fans and have audiences on their feet!

Tickets for Jools’ spring/summer shows for 2018, including Hampton Court Palace Festival and Kew the Music, are also available to purchase now.


Saturday 20 October
Dublin 3Arena

Sunday 21 October
Belfast Waterfront

Friday 26 October
Bath Forum

Saturday 27 October
Ipswich Regent Theatre

Sunday 28 October
Cambridge Corn Exchange

Thursday 1 November
Portsmouth Guildhall

Friday 2 November
Guildford G Live

Saturday 3 November
Northampton Derngate

Sunday 4 November
Southampton Mayflower

Wednesday 7 November
Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Thursday 8 November
Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Friday 9 November
Watford Colosseum

Saturday 10 November
Cheltenham Centaur

Wednesday 14 November
Reading Hexagon

Thursday 15 November
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Friday 16 November
York Barbican

Saturday 17 November
Stoke Victoria Hall

Thursday 22 November
Aberdeen BHGE Arena

Friday 23 November
Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Saturday 24 November
Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Sunday 25 November
Sheffield City Hall

Wednesday 28 November
Leicester DeMontfort Hall

Thursday 29 November
Leicester DeMontfort Hall

Friday 30 November
London Royal Albert Hall

Saturday 1 December
London Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday 5 December
Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thursday 6 December
Birmingham Symphony Hall

Friday 7 December
Plymouth Pavilions

Saturday 8 December
Bournemouth BIC

Friday 14 December
Leeds First Direct Arena

Saturday 15 December
Brighton Centre

Wednesday 19 December
Newcastle City Hall

Thursday 20 December
Newcastle City Hall

Friday 21 December
Manchester O2 Apollo

Saturday 22 December
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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