Fans of the Eighties are in music heaven… from Rick Astley to The Human League, 20 icons are here this autumn

1 Glenn Tilbrook

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook was co-founder of 80s band Squeeze and tonight he brings his new tour to Sussex. In 2015, Glenn and his Squeeze bandmates wrote, recorded and released Cradle To The Grave, their first album of new material in 18 years, written for the BBC drama of the same name and inspired by the memoirs of friend Danny Baker. Glenn’s show will feature Squeeze classics, solo songs and impromptu audience requests, from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando & Dawn and all points in between.

Glenn Tilbrook is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, at 8pm on Wednesday October 17. Tickets £24 and £21. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

2 Joan Armatrading

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is celebrating her 46th year in music and is performing this tour completely solo for only the second time in her career. With new music written and recorded for this tour, there will also be favourite classics from the star whose hits include Drop The Pilot, Love And Affection and Willow.

Joan Armatrading is at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, at 8pm on Friday October 19. Tickets £32 and £35. Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

3 Shakatak

Jazz funk band Shakatak have had a number of successful Top 20 singles in the UK and went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the 1982 classic Nightbirds. They have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music.  

Shakatak are at the Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, at 8pm on Saturday October 20. Tickets £19. Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.

4 Soul II Soul 30th Anniversary Tour

Double Grammy Award-winning and five-time Brit Award-nominated band Soul II Soul, who revolutionised R ’n’ B with their classic tracks Back To Life, Keen On Moving, Get A Life and Jazzie’s Groove, are on their 30th anniversary tour paying tribute to their legendary debut album Club Classics Vol 1.

Soul II Soul are at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, at 7pm on Sunday October 21. Tickets £29, £31 and £35. Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

5 Eddi Reader

Eddie Reader’s band Fairground Attraction made her a household name, reaching a huge audience when the single Perfect and the album First of a Million Kisses both hit No1 in the charts. Widely considered to be one of Scotland’s greatest singers, she famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics in the early 1980s, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. A live performer at the peak of her powers, with an incredible band and a devotion for great music, she delivers a show of new songs and old favourites.

Eddi Reader is at the Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, at 7.30pm on Monday October 22. Tickets £25.50 and £29.50. Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.

6 Level 42

Hit-makers Level 42 are on their Eternity Tour, which features special guests The Blow Monkeys.  In a career spanning almost four decades, Level 42 have sold in excess of 30 million albums and their impressive back-catalogue includes mega hits Lessons In Love, Something About You, Running In The Family and It’s Over. In 2016, the band completed a sold-out 37-date Sirens II Tour of the UK and Europe.

Level 42 are at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, at 6.45pm on Wednesday October 24. Tickets £32 and £37.50. Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

7 10cc

Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the  few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure. Their hit I’m Not In Love, co-written by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, features prominently in the soundtrack to the 2014 blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $635 million in its first two months in US cinemas and spawned a No1 album.10cc have sold more than 30 million albums around the world and the band’s longevity is testament to their timeless songs, and reflecting Gouldman’s status as one of the world’s leading songwriters, he was inducted into America’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York in June.

10cc are at the De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea, at 7pm on Saturday October 27. Tickets £35. Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

8 The Proclaimers

More than 30 years after Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers, they are on tour following the release of their 11 studio album. With their hits I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and Letter From America, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs has entertained fans across the world. They have even inspired a musical, the play and film Sunshine on Leith, with the  musical having its fourth UK run this year. This year is also the 30th anniversary of the release of the Sunshine On Leith album.
The Proclaimers are at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, at 7.30pm on Sunday October 28. Tickets £35. Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

The Proclaimers are also at the White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, at 7.30pm on Saturday December 1. Tickets £35.50/Friends £1.50 off. Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.

9 David Byrne

David Byrne, the lead singer of Talking Heads, is on his American Utopia Tour and his special guest is Benjamin Clementine. David Byrne will be performing songs from his critically acclaimed album American Utopia as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.  A 12-piece band will join him on stage for an Annie-B Parson-choreographed concert that he has called  “The most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense”. 

David Byrne is at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 6.30pm on Tuesday October 30. Tickets from £49.60. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

10 Rick Astley

Two years ago Rick Astley, who reached No1 with his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, returned with an album that surprised everyone, even himself. His No1 album 50 sold more than 300,000 copies and was one of the biggest selling albums of 2016. Rick wrote, produced and played every instrument on that comeback disc. Now he’s back with a new album, Beautiful Life, which is released on July 20 on BMG with an iconic cover shot by Rankin, and is on tour. Each of the 12 tracks is written, produced and played by Rick. Highlights include the Chic-flavoured title track, the evocative Rise Up, the catchy Try and the warm childhood memories of The Good Old Days. He is supported by Gabrielle at this concert.

Rick Astley is at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 6.30pm on Saturday November 3. Tickets from £27.50. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

11 Paul Young with Los Pacaminos

Eighties heartthrob Paul Young, who had hits with Come Back and Stay, Every Time You Go Away, Wherever I Lay My Hat and Love of the Common People, performs with Los Pacaminos. One of the UK’s most popular live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the best in Tex Mex Border music, from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and Roy Orbsion.

Paul Young with Los Pacaminos are at the Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, Marine Parade, Worthing, at 8pm on Friday November 9. Tickets £27.50. Phone 01903 366017 or visit worthingpier.co.uk.

12 Culture Club

Iconic 80s band Culture Club, the first multiracial band with an openly gay frontman, are back together again for The Life Tour: starring Boy George & Culture Club. After hits including Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Karma Chameleon and Church of the Poisoned Mind, Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss have been working on their first new music for 20 years – and they’ll be performing classic hits and their new songs. After 11 dates across the UK, including this Brighton concert, they will head off on a global tour this summer and release a new album later this year. The band is supported by 80s pop stars Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins.

Culture Club are at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 7pm on Tuesday November 13. Tickets from £52.95. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

13 Blancmange

British electronic band Blancmange first broke through in the early 80s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as Feel Me, Living On The Ceiling, Blind Vision and Don’t Tell Me. The epic synth-pop of Waves and a cover of Abba’s The Day Before You Came illustrated a band who were always willing to change and adapt new styles within their electronic framework. After working on their own projects and film music, they returned in 2011 to great acclaim with their fourth studio release, Blanc Burn. The Semi Detached album followed in 2015 and Blancmange’s first ever instrumental album, Nil By Mouth and Commuter 23 arrived in 2016. The inspiration continued with Blancmange’s 2017 album Unfurnished Rooms. Now Blancmange play a headline show at The Old Market in support of their latest album, Wanderlust.

Blancmange are at The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, at 8pm on Thursday November 15. Tickets £19.50 Age: 14+. Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.

14 Big Country: The Crossing 35th Anniversary Tour

Formed in 1981 by guitarists Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson in the band’s Scottish hometown of Dunfermline, the classic Big Country sound was enhanced by the arrival of summer Mark Brzezicki and bassist Tony Butler. The Crossing is the first studio album released by the band in 1983. The album’s classic singles, including Fields of Fire, Chance and their signature song In A Big Country, helped the band to break out worldwide. The album has sold over two million copies, is certified platinum in the UK and Canada, and the band were nominated for three prestigious Grammy Awards in the USA. In this performance, the current lineup of Bruce Watson (guitars/vocals), Mark Brzezicki (drums/vocals), Jamie Watson (guitars/vocals), Simon Hough (vocals/guitar) and Scott Whitley, will perform hits from this prestigious album and more.

Big Country are at The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, at 7pm on Saturday November 17. Tickets £22.50. Age 14+. Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.

15 The Human League

British synthesiser group The Human League, famous for their classic hit Don’t You Want Me, are on their Red Live Tour with Midge Ure’s band Electronica. The group, fronted by Philip Oakey, have sold millions of records, inspired two generations of artists, written some of the all-time great classic pop songs and had No1 hits across Europe and the US. Their manager Bob Last said, “Pop music is a kind of lightning conductor for what’s going on, when it’s at its most exciting it beats everything else; it beats film, beats books and beats TV. These magical moments when it pulls something out of the ether, out of what’s going on in everyone’s head and everyone’s lives and focuses it. That’s what pop does at its best and that’s what The Human League did”.

The Human League are at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 6.30pm on Friday November 23. Tickets from £42.35. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

16 Katrina – from Katrina and the Waves

Katrina Leskanich, owner of the powerful voice behind two of the world’s best-known tunes, Walking On Sunshine and Love Shine A Light, brings new songs and old to the Ropetackle. Born in the US, Katrina grew up with the West Coast sound and moved to the UK in 1976. In 1983, Katrina joined Cambridge-based band The Waves, which became Katrina and the Waves. The rest is history.

Katrina is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, at 8pm on Thursday November 29. Tickets £17 and £15. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

17 Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue, famous for their ionic single Dignity, are celebrating their 30th anniversary with their 2018 tour To Be Here Someday. The past five years have been something of a renaissance for the band, and a prolific surge of creativity has spawned three new albums released in quick succession, including 2016’s studio album Believers, their highest charting album in 23 years. To Be Here Someday is a tour that celebrates the band’s entire career and will see them play some of their biggest ever shows.

Deacon Blue are at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 6.30pm on Wednesday December 5. Tickets from £32.90. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

18 Jools Holland with Marc Almond

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are on their annual musical excursion and their special guests are Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond and signer Ruby Turner. Jools, the presenter of BBC2’s Later… With Jools Holland, will present a collection of Jools compositions and boogie-woogie classics. Picture: Andre Csillag.

Jools Holland with Marc Almond are at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 7.30pm on Saturday December 15. Tickets from £45.70. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

19 Madness

The hills are alive with the sound of Madness! Pop group Madness, a combination of people from North London that got together in the mid to late ‘70s and came up with a cacophony of music, noise, clothes, dressing up and having fun, are on a UK tour and will be playing all their hits from the Eighties plus some new tracks. Madness are one of the top 20 selling UK groups of all time, with seven top ten albums, 22 top 20 hits and over six million album sales to their name.

Madness are at the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, at 6.30pm on Saturday December 22. Tickets from £37.50. Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

20 Bad Manners

English ska band Bad Manners quickly became novelty favourites on the UK pop scene, living up to their name with naughty antics from frontman Buster Bloodvessel. In the 1980s, Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK charts with many appearances on Top of The Pops, which they were later banned from after manic exploits from Buster. The band’s most famous tracks include Special Brew, Lip Up Fatty and My Girl Lollipop. In 1987, Bad Manners went their separate ways but with a third wave of the ska scene in the late 90s, Bad Manners reformed and have been touring each year with a solid line-up of incredible musicians. 

Bad Manners are at Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, at 7.30pm on Sunday December 23. Tickets £20. Phone 01273 673311 or visit concorde2.co.uk.

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