On the 15th of February, Erasure and Bright Light Bright Light are hitting up the 02 Guildhall in Southampton.
The two synth-pop acts have have tangled before with one half of Erasure, Vince Cable, having remixed BLBL’s ‘Running Back to You’ nearly a year ago, after they became friends through the business. The British duo will be touring throughout Europe. They started in Dublin in January and will jump across the pond for dates in North and South America later this year.
Hot off the success of his third album Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light’s breakthrough 2017 has seen his whirlwind success continue into 2018 with the announcement that he will be touring Europe with Brit synth-pop staple Erasure. Bright Light Bright Light, the lovechild alias of Welshman Rod Thomas, has seen his previous album chart in the UK Top 100 at 72 , as well as hitting the Number 1 spot in the UK Indie Breakers charts.
Watch his live performance unveiling of hit lead single All in the Name Of on the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. A guest appearance on The League of Gentleman quickly followed. Working with the likes of the Scissor Sisters, Elton John and Alan Cumming, culminating with a Welsh Music Prize nomination has seen the London based performer’s star rise considerably.
Bright Light Bright Light speaks!
With the show set for Southampton’s Guildhall on the 15th of February, Bright Light Bright Light spoke of how the collaboration was “a dream” and that “teenage me can’t believe what’s happening and the current me isn’t much calmer either!”
“My love of Erasure and how important I think they are both to the LGBT community and to music in general has been well documented. Being able to do a full tour opening for them is a TOTAL joy.” said Thomas. “Vince and Andy are legends and also happen to be two of the nicest people I’ve met. All in all, this double bill is a dream,” he continued.
The news comes at an exciting time too for Erasure. The award winning duo who debuted back in 1985 with the single Who Needs Love Like That have continued strongly since their huge success of the mid-1990s. They have gathered a huge following throughout Northern Europe alongside the LGBT community. They have also announced a collaboration with Echo Collective, a Brussels based post-classical collection of musicians known for their work with A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Johann Johansson, Dustin O’Halloran & Stars of the Lid. Their latest work will be given a classical rejig with the more reflective World Be Gone, offering a more thoughtful examination of the world.
Tour dates are as follows and ticket prices vary online.
29-31 Dublin Olympia
2 – Dundee Caird Hall,
3 – Edinburgh Ulster Hall,
4 – Newcastle City Hall,
6 – Liverpool Philharmonic,
7 – Hull City Hall,
8 – Manchester Apollo,
10 – Cambridge Corn Exchange,
11 – Birmingham Academy,
12 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall,
14 – Ipswich Regent,
15 – Southampton Guildhall,
16 – Cardiff St David’s Hall,
18 – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,
19 – Brighton Dome,
20 – Guildford G Live,
22 – Norwich UEA,
23 / 24 – London Eventim Apollo