Date with Hawley

RICHARD Hawley will play a very special show in the Mandela Hall on Sunday, December 2.

Tickets for the Belfast gig (£20 plus booking fee) go on sale this Friday (July 13) at 9am through Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online.

After a decade of seducing career couples with the Roy Orbinson stylings of several critically acclaimed and, latterly, commercially successful albums, Sheffield’s most unlikely pop star is back, and this time he’s rocking out.

It shouldn’t be a shock.

Hawley started out in indie band the Longpigs, has worked with Pulp and Robbie Williams, and even contributed the guitar solo to All Saints’ version of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge.

But to those accustomed to 2009’s Truelove’s Gutter, it may be a little bit unexpected.

His new album Standing at the Sky’s Edge is the sound of Hawley cutting loose, and clearly enjoying it.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge has garnered praise for all the big hitters and is available to buy now.