alison moyet

Me and Alison Moyet grew up together. NO, not like that, of course. That would be silly (whatever it was you were thinking). It was a more like she was a big sister to me. But a big sister that sang songs and was on top of the pops and had no idea that her little brother was, alive, well and living in deepest Leicestershire. And not related.

Still, that girl who was born in Basildon and grew up flirting with punk rock before joining Yazoo with Vince Clark, who had extracted himself from Depeche Mode just prior. Together they recorded a couple of albums and a string of hits. From there, she went on to a solo career, starting with 1984’s Alf which reached number one in the Uk album charts, and the same year she reached number two in the single’s chart with a cover of the standard ‘That ole devil called love’. It remains her highest singles chart position. Albums and compilations followed, clocking up at last count, around 2.3 million. Her latest album, The minutes, was released on cooking vinyl on May 6th.

The latest single to be taken from the album is Love Reign Supreme, which is out on July 1st. It’s a lovely slice of perfect electro-pop. Sweet but no saccharine, smart but not over the top, its effortlessly cool and shows that Alison has lost none of the warm alto that propelled her chartwards throughout her career, and have seen basically all her album and compilations reach the top thirty of the charts.

And me, I saved coupons on the back of cereal packets to buy Only You by Yazoo, I had ‘All cried out’ on my GCSE music mock exam (or was it the real one?) I made one of my first ever girlfriends a copy of ‘Alf’ onto a tape, taping over The Housemartins live (don’t ask) to do so, which believe me, was a sacrifice. But you know, you have to look after the one’s you love. And me and Alison, we go way back.

She’s going out on tour in the Autumn. It’s a pretty comprehensive one, all over Europe and the UK. The dates are as follows


16 Sep Berlin, Germany – Heimathafen Neukölln

17 Sep Stuttgart, Germany – Theatrehaus (am Pragsattel)

18 Sep Hannover, Germany – Theater am Aegi

21 Sep Offenbach Am Main, Germany – Capitol Offenbach

23 Sep Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Grote Zaal

25 Sep Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36

26 Sep Cologne, Germany – Gloria Theatre

27 Sep Paris, France – Divan du Monde



30 Sep Ireland Cork Opera House

01 Oct Northern Ireland Belfast Waterfront Hall

02 Oct Ireland Dublin Olympia Theatre

04 Oct Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

05 Oct Edinburgh Usher Hall

06 Oct Gateshead The Sage

08 Oct Sheffield City Hall

09 Oct Rhyl Pavilion Theatre

10 Oct Warwick Arts Centre

12Oct Northampton Derngate Theatre

13 Oct Ipswich Regents Theatre

15 Oct London Royal Festival Hall

16 Oct Cambridge Corn Exchange

17 Oct Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

19 Oct Bristol Colston Hall

20 Oct Cardiff St. David’s Hall

21 Oct Brighton The Dome

23 Oct York Barbican Theatre

24 Oct Salford The Lowry

25 Oct Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

27 Oct Nottingham Royal Centre

28 Oct Birmingham Symphony Hall

29 Oct Southend Cliffs Pavilion

31 Oct Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

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