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Howard Jones announces 35th anniversary Transform tour with China Crisis (2019)

Howard Jones

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED synth-pop pioneer Howard Jones will be touring the UK in May 2019 to celebrate both the release of his new album Transform and 35th anniversary of the release of his debut album, Human’s Lib.

Howard will be joined by very special guests China Crisis.

Transform, Howard’s first release since 2015’s multi-media album Engage, is scheduled for May 2019 and sees Jones returning to his electronic pop roots.

“It’s been a long time since I have made an album full of electronic based pop tunes, I know it’s the record many of my fans have been waiting patiently for,” he said.

On at least two of the new songs Howard is collaborating with the electronic US producer BT.

“I have been a huge fan of BT’s for many years,” he continued. “We finally met and have been working and developing two new songs which I am really excited about, he is beyond doubt one of the most gifted electronic musicians out there.”

In describing the new live show, Howard promised that he will be ‘bringing a lot of synths’ and that ticket holders are in store for both a “sonic and visual feast”.

As well as performing songs from the new album, concert goers can expect to hear many classic songs including What Is Love?, New Song, Pearl In The Shell, Things Can Only Get Better and Hide and Seek ( which he performed at Live Aid).

To coincide with the 35th anniversary, Cherry Red Records are releasing box sets of both Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action in November 2018.

Joining Jones will be China Crisis. Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly will be performing their unique and glorious Mersyside pop with hits such as Wishful Thinking, Black Man Ray and Working With Fire and Steel.

Howard Jones’s 35th Anniversary Transform tour dates are as follows (all May and June 2019)

23 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
24 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
25 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
26 – London Palladium
29 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
30 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
31 – Edinburgh Queens Hall

1 – Gateshead Sage