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Lloyd Cole to cause commotion with Belfast solo gig

Singer Lloyd Cole will return to his Eighties roots as he plays his greatest hits in Belfast this summer.

The English singer songwriter was the frontman of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions in the Eighties. They released four UK top 20 albums including Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces and Mainstream.

After the band split in 1989, Cole went on to have a successful solo career.

He will play a solo gig the Empire Music Hall in Belfast on 29 August as part of an Ireland-wide tour, featuring songs from between 1983 and 1996.

The live dates follow on from last year’s release of ‘Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989’.

A second printing is due in March, and a second box is in the works, for a September release. It will span 1989 – 1996, Lloyd’s first four solo albums, the lost fifth album, plus rarities and videos.

Speaking about the album and tour, Cole said: ‘’These boxes are a lot of work, much of which can only be done by me. I must revisit and rediscover material. I am necessarily in retrospective mode. I have decided to embrace it.

“In 2016 all of my set lists will be comprise material from 1983 – 1996 only. Most of my concerts will be acoustic affairs but there will be some band performances. Once the world has seen the Retrospective Show I will resume my work as a contemporary artist.’’

Lloyd Cole claims also to be working on new songs for a 2017 album release.


Tour dates

Mon 22 August –  Set Theatre, Kilkenny

Tue 23 August – Theatre Royal, Waterford

Wed 24 August –  Greenacres, Wexford

Fri 26 August –   Vicar St, Dublin

Sat 27 August – Triskel Christchurch, Cork

Mon 29 August –  Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Tue 30 August –   Rosin Dubh, Galway

Wed 31 August –  Dolans, Limerick

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