The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on tour


Beautiful South

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott of The Beautiful South have reunited for a new album  and are hitting the road.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott tickets will be available from 9.00am Friday 07 February at

The duo are performing together on record for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who in the 1990’s and early 2000’s released a string of critically-acclaimed records.

A spokesman for the duo said: “‘What Have We Become’ is a wonderful contemporary record, full of lyrical wit and humour, whilst retaining a strong social conscience that touches on the changing social landscape of Britain (‘One Man’s England’, ‘When I Get Back To Blighty’), stereotypes in music (‘I Am Not A Muse’), whilst ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Some Dancing To Do’ deal with issues of loss.

“Both are clearly delighted to be working together again.”

Paul Heaton added: “Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn’t been started in years.

“Jacqui is one of the best singers I’ve worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her.”

“I always wrote songs with Jacqui in mind. Even before I met her I pictured a voice that could carry the songs into people’s hearts in a particular way. When I first heard her sing I almost laughed because it was SO right for the songs.”

Jacqui Abbott said: “It’s just great to be singing again after such a long time, especially with Paul.

“We had such a good run together previously and it’s just a real pleasure to be working with him again and singing these fantastic songs.”

Paul and Jacqui have announced a string of UK dates where they will perform songs from the new album, alongside tracks from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, sponsored by the GMB Trade Union.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Tour Dates

Tues 20 May Newcastle Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
Wed 21 May Glasgow O2 ABC
Fri 23 May Manchester Salford Lowry
Sat 24 May Leeds O2 Academy
Tue 27 May London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thu 29 May Sheffield Leadmill
Fri 30 May Birmingham Institute
Sat 31 May Hull City Hall

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott tickets will be available from 9.00am Friday 07 February at

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