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Jools Holland announces 2018 UK tour with Marc Almond and Ruby Turner

Jools Holland and Marc Almond

Story by Jack Foley

JOOLS Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced their annual musical excursion around the UK and Ireland for 2018.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 2 February at 10am.

Highlights of the 35-date tour, now in its 23rd year, include two performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 30 and December 1, along with arena shows in Dublin’s 3Arena on October 20, Aberdeen’s BHGE Arena on November 22, Leeds’ First Direct Arena on December 14, Brighton Centre on December 15 and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on December 22.

Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond will be accompanying Jools for the 2018 autumn/winter UK tour as a special guest, with the exception of December 1 at the Royal Albert Hall where Chris Difford and Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson of The Selecter will join Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on stage instead.

In his 36-year career, Marc has sold over 30 million records worldwide with his list of hit songs including Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Touch and, of course, Tainted Love.

Also performing with Jools will be the supremely talented vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Tickets for Jools’ spring/summer shows for 2018, including Hampton Court Palace Festival and Kew the Music, are also available to purchase now.

Tickets for Jools Holland’s 2018 autumn/winter UK tour will go on general sale on Friday, February 2 at 10am. Tickets are priced from £41 (+ booking fee) for all performances, except the Royal Albert Hall concerts with tickets priced from £19.50 (+ booking fee) upwards.

There will also be UK venue pre-sales on Wednesday, January 31 and a Ticketmaster pre-sale on Thursday, February 1, with both of these pre-sales starting at 10am.

The tour dates are (all October, November and December 2018)


20 – Dublin 3Arena
21 – Belfast Waterfront
26 – Bath Forum
27 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
28 – Cambridge Corn Exchange


1 – Portsmouth Guildhall
2 – Guildford G Live
3 – Northampton Derngate
4 – Southampton Mayflower
7 & 8 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 – Watford Colosseum
10 – Cheltenham Centaur
14 – Reading Hexagon
15 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
16 – York Barbican
17 – Stoke Victoria Hall
22 – Aberdeen BHGE Arena
23 & 24 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
25 – Sheffield City Hall
28 & 29 – Leicester DeMontfort Hall
30 – London Royal Albert Hall


1 – London Royal Albert Hall
5 & 6 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
7 – Plymouth Pavilions
8 – Bournemouth BIC
14 – Leeds First Direct Arena
15 – Brighton Centre
19 & 20 – Newcastle City Hall
21 – Manchester O2 Apollo
22 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena