The 8th is one of the longest songs ever written and was one of the hits of last year's Manchester International Festival 11. A song in eight chapters, it looks at the seven deadly sins through a series of scenes taking place in a single poverty-stricken neighbourhood, one where a new, thoroughly modern sin, The 8th is able to insinuate itself into every person's life...
The performance of this electrifying musical will be followed by a set of some of Paul's Greatest Hits as he is joined by the performers of The 8th for a tune packed journey through his back catalogue featuring tunes from his Beautiful South, Housemartins and solo career.
Given a theatrical narrative by award-winning playwright Che Walker (Royal Court and Young Vic) and directed by Paines Plough's joint artistic director George Perrin, The 8th features a cast of performers from across many musical genres who join Heaton for some very special shows in July.
The staging of the show at the Manchester International Festival last year was a massive success, with three sold out shows across the event.
The 8th - the album - is released on 2nd July on Proper Records.
The staged version of The 8th was commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Paines Plough and premiered at MIF 2011.
Thursday the 5th July at London Barbican Centre
Friday the 6th July at Salford The Lowry Theatre
Saturday the 7th July at Leeds Harewood House The M Fest (festival appearance)
Tuesday the 10th July at Sheffield Lyceum
Wednesday the 11th July at Birmingham St Paul's Church
Thursday the 12th July at Latitude (festival appearance)
You can find out more about Paul Heaton on his Official website at www.paulheatonmusic.co.uk.
Photo by Simon Fernandez via Wikipedia.