SATURDAY 18th MAY AT 7PM
Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed sold out Glasgow and London shows the legendary Wet Wet Wet have today announced their first tour with new singer Kevin Simm, best known for his time in noughties pop sensation Liberty X and as winner of the 2016 series of The Voice.
The 18 date tour in the Spring of 2019 will see the band visit areas of the UK they’ve not played since their earliest days. The tour starts close to home in the band’s native Scotland and culminates in a show at the prestigious Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s Theatreland.
Embarking on his first tour with Wet Wet Wet Kevin Simm commented ‘I’m very excited to go out on tour with the guys. The reaction to the first two shows was overwhelming and confirmed to me that I’m in the right place. I am really looking forward to performing for and meeting more of the band’s fans across the country in 2019.’
The band’s Tommy Cunningham said ‘It’s a new and exciting chapter for Wet Wet Wet as we embrace the opportunity to reconnect with our fans on an intimate level. We can’t wait to visit some towns and cities that we haven’t been to in a while and some we’ve never played in!’
Bursting onto the scene out of Glasgow in 1987, Wet Wet Wet has undeniably been a musical phenomenon. The band have gone on to sell over 15 million albums and singles, spent over 500 weeks on the UK charts and sold hundreds of thousands of gig tickets.
Wet Wet Wet has always said of themselves “We are first and foremost a soul band – not only in influence and direction but more importantly in attitude and ambition”. In Kevin Simm, the band has found someone who shares their vision and has one of the finest male soul voices that the UK has to offer.
WET WET WET AT A GLANCE
The band has sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums.
They have featured in the official UK singles & album charts for over 500 weeks; 27 official UK Top 40 hit singles including: 3 x No1’s / 8 x Top 5 / 13 x Top 10 / 7 x Top 20 Their albums have been certified 19 x Platinum in the UK (BPI) including: – 4 x No.1’s / 7 x albums in the Top 5 / 8 x Top 10 / 9 x Top 20
‘Love Is All Around’ was the biggest selling single of 1994, when it spent 15 weeks at No1, making it the longest spell at the top for any UK artist.
The band performed on the renowned BBC TV programme Top Of The Pops 56 times, a record for a Scottish artist.
ABOUT KEVIN SIMM
Born in 1980 in Chorley Lancashire, Simm earned his dues performing on the Northern pub and club circuit before auditioning for the ITV show Popstars. The five runner-up contestants formed the group Liberty X. The group had six top 5 singles, with “Just a Little” reaching Number 1. Liberty X spilt in 2007, reforming seven years later but during that time Kevin concentrated on his solo career until the opportunity to audition for The Voice arose. Kevin was coached by Ricky Wilson and won the show releasing his debut single ‘All You Good Friends’ shortly afterwards.
ABOUT WET WET WET
With an amazing back catalogue of songs including three UK No.1’s – ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (1988); ‘Goodnight Girl’ (1991); and ‘Love Is All Around’ (1994), Wet Wet Wet have made an incredible impact with their music over the years, making them one of the most successful bands in British pop history.
Having sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date, featured in the UK official singles and album charts for over an immense 500 weeks, the band have played to more than four million people in dozens of countries around the world. They set a record by playing ten sold out shows at Glasgow’s SEC in 1995, when they were officially the most popular live act in the UK – even out-selling the Rolling Stones who were also on tour that year.
Having formed in 1982 after taking their name from a line in a Scritti Politti song, the band’s first single ‘Wishing I Was Lucky’ was released in 1987, which quickly entered the charts, starting a phenomenal run of 27 Top 40 hits. The debut album ‘Popped in Souled Out’ followed and it and to burst into the charts hitting No.1. The singles and albums flowed with their recording success being punctuated by a string of awards worldwide.
Tour by tour, Wet Wet Wet achieved a reputation as one of the best live acts produced by the UK. Their first major tour in 1988 included an appearance at the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium, performing to a global TV audience of millions. While 1989 saw them host ‘The Wets in The Park’ concert at Glasgow Green. Further individual live highlights include the John Lennon Tribute show in Liverpool (1990); Isle of Arran Live – broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 daytime (1992); Alton Towers Concert of the Year (1994); Playing Away at Celtic Park (1997); & Live 8 The Long Walk to Justice at Murrayfield Stadium (2005).
Wet Wet Wet returned to Glasgow Green in 2012 for a spectacular 25th anniversary concert dubbed ‘Back in The Park’ whilst 2013 saw the release of the album ‘Step by Step – The Greatest Hits’, with the title track being one of three new songs that proudly sat alongside some classics from the band’s vast armoury of hits. Yet another extensive tour followed ending in their hometown of Glasgow at the SSE Hydro, another sold out show that was filmed and released in 2014 on DVD & Blu-Ray.
Following summer shows in 2014 and 2015 including a rousing performance at York racecourse in front of 40,000 people, Wet Wet Wet hit the road again in 2016 with The Big Picture Tour, an extensive 17-date UK and Ireland arena tour. The tour reached as far south as Plymouth and as far north as Inverness whilst covering all of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, giving fans all over the country the chance to see the band live.
In 2017 Wet Wet Wet celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut number 1 hit album ‘Popped In Souled Out’ by releasing a 5 disk super deluxe edition that included unreleased and rare material along with many extras. The occasion was marked by more sold out shows including a triumphant return to Edinburgh Castle.
For Further Information Contact:
Julian Stockton at The Outside Organisation
0793 954 1772
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