British musical duo Lighthouse Family have announced today they will be touring South Africa in March 2020 for the very first time. They’ll be playing 2 shows in Johannesburg and 1 in Cape Town in March 2020.
More info about Lighthouse Family
Era-defining songs, ten million records sold and twenty-five years’ music-making. Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker formed Lighthouse Family at Newcastle University in the early 1990s.
‘Ocean Drive’ (their first album) was released in 1995. The album has been certified as platinum six times and stayed in the album charts for three years. To date it has sold 2.75 million copies.
In 1997 the duo released their second album ‘Postcards from Heaven’. The album produced three Top 10 singles (‘Raincloud’, ‘High’ and ‘Lost in Space’) and two Top 30 hits. The album also went six-times platinum. ‘Postcards from Heaven’ charted across Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Today date it has sold 4 million albums globally. Their instantly recognisable sound impacted on musicians as diverse as Geri Halliwell and New Order’s Peter Hook.
Their third album, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Day’ (2001) produced a Top Ten single (“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be) Free/One”. It’s an inspired mash-up of the U2 anthem and soul classic which Nina Simone made her own. After this, the two friends went their separate ways but discussions of coming together to produce their long-awaited fourth album started three years ago. The pair were determined to make something that was classic Lighthouse Family, but also sounded like it could be made today.
‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ is Lighthouse Family’s fourth album and sees them back on Polydor Records (their original label). They reunited with Colin Barlow (the A&R that discovered them) and Keith Armstrong (their first manager). It’s the same team that was around them when they were at their FM Radio-dominating peak.
Looking back on an intense decade, the pair remember different highpoints. Tucker recalls the pressure to finish their second album, while running on fumes after the first album campaign. Baiyewu, meanwhile, a reluctant frontman pushed to the spotlight by his incredible, unmistakable, seemingly effortlessly soulful voice, recalls “countless” moments that demonstrated the uniting, elevating power of ‘Lifted’.
Ticketing information for the 2020 Lighthouse Family SA Tour
Lighthouse Family will be playing at the Teatro at Monte Casino in Johannesburg on the 20th and 21st of March 2020. They’ll also be playing a show in Cape Town at the Grand Arena at Grand West Casino on the 24th of March 2020.
Tickets for the Johannesburg shows are priced from R630. Cape Town tickets are priced from R515.
Tickets go on sale Thursday 31st October at 9 AM. Go to www.bigconcerts.co.za to get all the information. Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48-hour presale from 29 October 2019 at 9 AM. Visit www.discovery.co.za for more information.
UPDATE: This tour is postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. New dates will be announced in the near future.
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