Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott to play Parr Hall in June

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Former Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will be performing in an aspiring City of Culture just days before celebrating Hull being awarded the status for 2017.

Heaton and Abbott, who have released two albums together, will play a warm-up show at the Parr Hall on Thursday 1st June, before their huge gig with The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg at Hull’s KC Lightstream Stadium on June 3rd.

Hull is currently City of Culture 2017 while Warrington submitted a bid on Friday to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to become City of Culture 2021.

Paul Heaton first came to public attention in the early 80s as frontman of Hull-based indie pop band The Housemartins. Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook was also in the line-up.

In 1988 Heaton then formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums and shifted 15 million records including a number one single with A Little Time.

St Helen’s Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000 and sang many of the band’s signature hits including Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream.

Her vocal sparring with Heaton was widely regarded as one of the main ingredients during the Beautiful South’s most successful period.

The pair have previously played on the same stage, when The Beautiful South’s former singers played on 1st  December 2014. coming just a few days after their old band graced the stage on 25th October.

Read more on the Warrington Guardian website

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9.30am.

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