Sheffield shows for Tony Hadley, Biffy Clyro, The Horne Section and Diversity

Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley is celebrating 40 years in music with a tour that’s coming to Sheffield next March.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 4:45 pm
Tony Hadley, celebrating 40 years in showbusiness
Tony Hadley, celebrating 40 years in showbusiness

The singer will perform with The Fabulous TH Band at the City Hall on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday (June 11) from www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

Tony will perform tracks from his career both as the voice of 1980s New Romantic stars Spandau Ballet and as a solo artist. Those hits include Gold, Tue and Through the Barricades.

Tony has performed across the world both with his band, swing bands, and orchestras. In 2007 he won new fans when he appeared as Billy Flynn in Chicago on the West End stage.

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In 2018 Tony released solo album Talking To The Moon, The album became BBC Radio 2’s Album Of The Week and Tonight Belongs To U was Single Of The Week.

Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro are one of many bands that are planning to get back out on the road with a rescheduled tour.

They will now play an intimate gig at the Sheffield O2 Academy on October 31 to support the release of their number one album, A Celebration Of Endings, which came out last year. It is their eighth studio album.

The band, who have been together for 20 years, comprise frontman Simon Neil and the Johnston brothers, bass player James on bass and drummer Ben.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro

“This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective,” said Simon. “The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness.

"Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad shit. It’s about trying to take back control.”

Last year they recalled their amazement at seeing Rob Mathes, string arranger for Bruce Springsteen and Sia, leading a 30-piece orchestra through their new song The Champ, which is on the new album.

“You come up with an idea and then the next day you’ve got 30 people playing it in a room where The Beatles made some of their best music,” said Simon. “Those moments never get old. It’s like, please never change!”

Alex Horne, right, and The Horne Section

Such scenes were unimaginable when the band started out. “We often remember times when we had nowhere to stay and we were eating food off a radiator,” recalled Simon, as James and Ben’s expressions of amused horror suggested that he wasn’t exaggerating. “It reminds us how lucky we are.”

They’ve had their own TV special at the London Palladium, they have an iTunes-chart-topping podcast and now the Horne Section are touring the country.

They will be performing at the City Hall on November 2 and tickets are on sale now.

The band’s leader is comedian Alex Horne, the creator and co-host of the hit game show Taskmaster.

The band have had a hit BBC Radio 4 series, their own TV special at the London Palladium, appearances as house band on Save Our Summer Crouchy’s Year Late Euros and The Last Leg, an iTunes chart-topping podcast and many years of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End.

Don’t miss everyone’s favourite Dictionary Corner regulars on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the first band to ever host Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Hugely popular dance team Diversity will be embarking one of their biggest UK tours to date. Connected will be stopping off at the City Hall for two performances on Sunday, May 1, 2022 – the date was originally scheduled for April 4. Tickets are now on sale and all tickets for the original show remain valid.

Last year marked 10 years since Diversity took the nation by storm when they won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent. They have continued to wow audiences around the world with their innovative live tours and performances.

Creator and choreographer Ashley Banjo said of the forthcoming tour: “Every year that goes by, and every time we get to create a new touring show, I cannot believe we are still lucky enough to get to do this.

"But even after all this time, we are still growing, and this new decade and new chapter for Diversity is sure to be something even more special than the last. I truly do believe that we are all connected in more ways than one and I cannot wait to bring this to life on stage.”