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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Paul Heaton & Jacqui AbbotPAUL Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced a date at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, October 31 as part of a tour in support of their new album.

‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ – due for release on October 23 – is the pair’s second album following the critically acclaimed ‘What Have We Become’.

The two albums are their first since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who in the 1990s and early 2000s released a string of critically-acclaimed records.

‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ is full of lyrical wit and humour, whilst retaining a strong social conscience that touches on the changing face of modern Britain. The first single from the album is ‘The Austerity of Love’.

Paul Heaton said: “Jacqui is one of the best singers I’ve worked with and is also part of my past.

“This new album came together easily because we work so well together. The album title ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ derives from a line in one of the songs and it sort of sums up where I am in life.”

Jacqui Abbott: “It’s just great to be singing again and I’m excited about playing these new songs live.

“We had such a good run together previously and it’s just a real pleasure to be working with him again and singing these fantastic songs.”

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott play Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, October 31. Doors open at 7pm. Ages 14+Tickets are £23.50 and are on sale from 10am on Friday, September 4. To book or for further information, call Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or book online at

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