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New-look theatre to be 'graced' by visit of The Christians
Former chart-topping band The Christians are to perform at the new-look Tamworth Assembly Rooms in Staffordshire next year following a lengthy refurbishment. The Christians, whose back catalogue in the late 80s and early 90s includes a double-platinum album and an impressive run of hits, will be performing at the modernised and extended Assembly Rooms in the centre of Tamworth in June 2020 as part of their UK revival tour. The 130-year-old theatre is due to re-open at the end of November this year following a near £5 million makeover to preserve and enhance the historic building. The work includes the creation of a café bar and exhibition space, a new box office, glazed double doors at the front and a brand new glass extension on the side of the building, which will be used as a studio space.
Former chart-toppers The Christians coming to Tamworth
The Christians, best known for hit songs including Ideal World, Harvest for the World, Words, Born Again, and What's in a Word, will be appearing at the newly-refurbished theatre on Saturday 27 June, 2020. Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated concert went on sale on October 24, with a high demand expected. Hailing from Liverpool, The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim during their peak, both in the UK and across Europe. Their 1987 debut album, The Christians, went double platinum and entered the album chart at number two, featuring top 30 singles such as Forgotten Town, Hooverville, Ideal World and Born Again. The following year they released a cover of the Isley Brothers' Harvest for the World with all proceeds going to charity, and then collaborated with other Liverpool artists, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden on a fundraising version of Ferry Cross the Mersey in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football disaster, which stayed at number one for three weeks. Follow-up album Colour, released in 1990, went to number one in the album charts. The band name reflects the surname of the original band members – brothers Garry, Russell and Roger, and this has been carried on by today's line-up, which still includes original enigmatic lead singer Garry.
The new-look Tamworth Assembly Rooms nears completion
Tickets to see The Christians at Tamworth Assembly Rooms, priced £25, are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in-person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House weekdays and Tamworth Castle on Saturdays, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. There is a £1 transaction fee for phone and online orders.