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  • Release date: 06/03/2020
  • Label: Virgin EMI Records
  • Catalog #: CDV3241

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will release their fourth studio album ‘Manchester Calling’ on Virgin EMI on 6th March 2020. ‘Manchester Calling’ boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting – effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.

Produced by long time collaborator John Williams who produced both Housemartins albums and the previous three Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott albums – ‘What Have We Become’ (’14), ‘Wisdom, Laughter & Lines’ (’15), and ‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17)  – the record was recorded at Blueprint Studios in Salford, Manchester. As is Paul Heaton’s habit the lyrics were written in various locations in North Holland and Belgium while the music was composed in a hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria and in Limburg An Der Lahn in Germany.

Says Paul: “I’ve lived in Manchester for 17 years now and recording an album here for the first time, was looking forward to cycling to work. That was never possible as Manchester is now being turned into a business centre for the rich, which I can’t stand.  If there’s a theme to the record, it’s anti growth, anti greed, against the continuous tearing down of old buildings and sticking up soulless offices, and the disappearance of local accents on TV, along with the creeping spread of Americanese.  So, some curmudgeonly moans, plus some hopefully uplifting love songs. Originally it was set up to be a double LP like ‘London Calling’ but alas the double album has also become a victim of time”

Says Jacqui: ““I’m so pleased and excited about the new album, it was wonderful to work on new songs and even more so that we did double what we have done for the last few records. It’ll be a joy to see others react to something we took such pleasure out of making”




Thursday 09 – Galway Leisureland
Friday 10 – Dublin 3Arena
Saturday 11 – Belfast Ulster Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 12 – Killarney INEC
Thursday 16 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo (SOLD OUT)
Friday 17 – Leeds First Direct Arena (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 18 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
Sunday 19 – Dundee Caird Hall
Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 – Hull Bonus Arena (BOTH SOLD OUT)
Friday 24 – Birmingham Arena
Saturday 25 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena (Final Few Tickets)
Sunday 26 – Leicester De Montfort Hall (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 – London Palladium  (BOTH SOLD OUT)


Friday 01 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 02 –  Stoke Victoria Hall (SOLD OUT)
Friday 26 – Bristol Canons Marsh Amphitheatre
Saturday 04 – Manchester Castlefield Bowl (SOLD OUT)