Lulu has announced her first solo tour of the UK in over a decade.
The tour, due to take place next spring, will see Lulu perform in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Clyde Auditorium in the singer’s hometown of Glasgow. She also confirmed on her facebook page that there is to be an Irish leg of her 2015 tour, with the dates to follow soon, and that she will be appearing on BBC Breakfast tomorrow (Friday 3 October) to talk about her work and the upcoming gigs.
I’ve always loved doing gigs, Lulu wrote on her facebook page following the announcements. Even before I ever had a hit record I was doing three or four live gigs each week.
Her fans were also excited by the news she is currently working on a new album, her first since 2005’s A little soul in your heart.
Recently I’ve had a renewed sense of purpose, she wrote. I just feel a compulsion to make this new record and, because of that, the songs are just pouring out. My family always said I came into this world singing and I’d be happy to go out of this world singing – but I have a lot more to say before that happens.
Lulu represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 with the song Boom Bang-a-Bang. The song tied in first place with three others, namely, the Spanish entry Vivo cantando performed by Salomé, the Dutch entry De troubadour performed by Lenny Kuhr, and France’s Un jour, un enfant by Frida Boccara.
Boom Bang-a-Bang wasn’t my favourite song, Lulu told journalists in 2013. I was annoyed at the time, I wasn’t happy, but there was a lot to be said for the fact that I was one of the four to win.
Boom Bang a Bang was a huge part of me, maybe a part that I didn’t relish and there might be psychological reasons for that – I was a child being made to do things I didn’t want to do. I was perhaps an elitist, a bit of a snob, she said.
Tickets for Lulu’s 2015 tour are on sale to fans through her favebook page now, and go on sale to the general public tomorrow. the dates so-far confirmed are –
10 May The Lowery, Salford
11 May Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
12 May Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
14 May York Barbican, York
15 May Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
17 May Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
18 May St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
19 May Symphony Hall, Birmingham
21 May Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
22 May Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
23 May City Hall, Sheffield
25 May Regent Theatre, Ipswich
26 May Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth