Jools Holland announces 2023 UK tour dates including two at London’s Royal Albert Hall- how to get tickets

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Jools Holland has announced a new UK tour for 2023, with two dates set to take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are set to bring their UK tour to London this winter for two shows at the Royal Albert Hall. The musical extravaganza will kick off in Southend on November 2 before it travels across the UK, with other locations including Birmingham and Leeds.

Renowned as one of the UK’s most popular tours, this year’s show will feature The Selecter’s Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson as special guests. The musicians are no strangers to Jools and the orchestra, having joined them for a memorable tour in 2016.

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Fans will be thrilled to hear that the shows will once again feature the outstanding vocals of Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as the highly talented Sumudu Jayatilaka, who joined Jools for the first time in 2022. Together with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which features drums from original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, Jools will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career.

The music maestro said: “Myself, my piano and Orchestra are thrilled to bits because our special guests this year are Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson of The Selecter. This magnificent addition will amplify our Ska music credentials and bring an extra razzy dazzy spasm to our dance capabilities.

“Coupled with our own Boogie Queen and Enchantress, Ruby Turner, this mix will result in one of the most dynamic shows we’ve ever had. All this music will be underpinned by the drums of my Squeeze co-founder, Gilson Lavis and decorated by the scintillating soloists of the Orchestra.”

But when will Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues orchestra take centre stage in London and how can you get tickets? Here’s everything you need to know.

When will Jools Holland perform at the Royal Albert Hall?

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Jools and his orchestra will visit London’s Royal Albert Hall for two shows on their UK tour. The performances will take place on November 24 and 25.

Full list of Jools Holland tour dates

Music maestro Jools Holland will perform alongside his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Music maestro Jools Holland will perform alongside his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Music maestro Jools Holland will perform alongside his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra | Getty Images
  • Southend Cliffs Pavilion - November 2 
  • Southend Cliffs Pavilion - November 3
  • Ipswich Regent Theatre - November 4
  • Cambridge Corn Exchange - November 5
  • Stockton Globe - November 9
  • Northampton Royal & Derngate - November 10
  • Reading Hexagon - November 11
  • Harrogate Convention Centre - November 12
  • Stoke Victoria Hall - November 16
  • Guildford G Live - November 17
  • Bournemouth Pavilion - November 18
  • Southampton Mayflower Theatre - November 19
  • Nottingham Royal Concert Hall - November 22
  • Leicester De Montfort Hall - November 23
  • London Royal Albert Hall - November 24 
  • London Royal Albert Hall - November 25
  • Sheffield City Hall - November 29
  • Newcastle City Hall - November 30
  • Glasgow SEC Armadillo - December 1 
  • Glasgow SEC Armadillo- December  2
  • Bath Forum - December 6
  • Bristol Beacon - December 7
  • Plymouth Pavilions - December 8
  • Brighton Centre - December 9
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall - December 15 
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall - December 16
  • Leeds First Direct Arena - December 17
  • York Barbican - December 20
  • Cardiff International Arena - December 21
  • Manchester 02 Apollo - December 22

How to get tickets to see Jools Holland’s UK tour

Tickets for the tour will go on general sale at 10am on Friday, February 3. They will be available on both Ticketmaster and Seetickets.

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