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Due to phenomenal demand Lighthouse Family have added a second run of tour dates for February 2020 in addition to their nearly sold-out run in November 2019. Lighthouse Family’s new album ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ – the multi-platinum selling duo’s first new studio album since 2001 – will now be released on July 5th, moving from its original May release date.
In a statement, the band and Lighthouse Family HQ said: We are very sorry to have to share this message with you – due to some unforeseen production issues, the release date of ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ is moving back to 5th July… We are so thankful for all of your support and for waiting so patiently over the last 18 years. We hope this will be worth the wait for you.
‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ is Lighthouse Family’s fourth album, and sees them back on their original label Polydor and reunited with the A&R that discovered them, Colin Barlow, and their first manager, Keith Armstrong; the same team that was around them when they were at their FM Radio-dominating peak. The lead single is the Radio 2 playlisted ‘My Salvation’, a lushly melodic track every bit as good as you’d expect from the band that produced the timeless hit singles ‘Lifted’, ‘High’, and ‘Ocean Drive’ – all of which included on ‘Essentials’, which will come packaged with ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ and contains ten classic Lighthouse Family songs remastered for the very first time to celebrate their 25-year recording history.
Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker formed Lighthouse Family after meeting at Newcastle University in the early 1990s. Their 1995 debut album ‘Ocean Drive’ was a slow-burning success, going six times platinum while staying in the album charts for almost three years. ‘Lifted’ became one the defining songs of the era, a pop-soul classic that was inescapable on radio, becoming the soundtrack of high street Britain, drivetime Britain and night-out Britain.
The 1997 follow-up, ‘Postcards From Heaven’, featured three Top Ten singles – ‘Raincloud’, ‘High’ and ‘Lost in Space’ – and also went six-times platinum, charting across Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Their third album, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Day’ (2001) produced another Top Ten single in the shape of ‘(I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be) Free/One’, but by this time the band were at breaking point, their friendship burnt out after years on the road living in each others’ pockets.
In the intervening years Paul formed a band, The Orange Lights, while Tunde released two solo albums, but the old connection between the pair remained and they reunited in 2016, determined to make a new record, something that was classic Lighthouse Family, but also sounded like it could be made today.
The years have not dulled Lighthouse Family’s remarkable ability to craft elegantly beautiful songs. Their first single in almost two decades, ‘My Salvation’ is an upbeat track that flies high on lush strings and has echoes of Pet Shop Boys at their imperial best. The rippling, rolling title track ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ has a theme, says Tunde, similar to ‘Ocean Drive’. “A dream of a place, a dream of escape, something you want to get away to.”
“And that’s kind of you what you want Lighthouse Family songs to do: put a Blue Sky In Your Head,” adds Paul.
Indeed, the new album has something that has always been present with Lighthouse Family: a sense of optimism and renewal. “We’re trying to create something anthemic and uplifting but real,” says Paul. “That idea of: ‘I know the sun’s gonna shine again’, it’s quintessential Lighthouse Family.”
Messages of hope and uplift. Sentiments of community and communion. Songs of love and connection. Tunes to sing, loudly, from the heart. It can only be Lighthouse Family, back to dream up the magic all over again.
Nov 11 – Birmingham Symphony Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 13 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 14 – Newcastle City Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 15 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nov 17 – Halifax, The Victoria Theatre
Nov 18 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 20 – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Nov 21 – Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Nov 22 – London Palladium (SOLD OUT)
Feb 16 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
Feb 17 – Sheffield City Hall
Feb 18 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Feb 20 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Feb 21 – Newcastle City Hall
Feb 22 – Hull, Bonus Arena
- Feb 24 – Ipswich Regent
Feb 25 – Brighton Dome
Feb 27 – London Palladium
Feb 28 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
Feb 29 – Portsmouth Guildhall
- March 1 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Pre-order ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ via the Official Store.
Tickets on sale now.