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#311 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ Thetford Forest (June 9th 2018)

Support: Billy Bragg 

Thetford Forest gigs rock. Zero hassle. Turn up. Park the car. Take note of car park name (Rabbit). Walk 5 minutes. Say hello to the cheery volunteers. Nip to the toilet (clean port-a-loos). Wander to the front of the the arena. No pushing. No groans. No annoying stares. Why? Everyone is already where they want to be. Most are in place with smug looks on their faces sitting in deckchairs with picnics out, waterproofs on (5% chance of rain) and are happy as Larry. Donington this is not but it certainly is bloody well organised.

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#294 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott @ London All Saints Church Kingston - Show 1 (July 31st 2017)

Support: N/A

Show 1: 7:45-8:35

Haven't been in church in a while...even after living in Ireland for 12 years I managed to go with the exception of a few funerals. £8 to go an see Paul and Jacqui sing a few songs though. Why the hell not. Ok so it was only a 50 minute show but to hear them sing acoustically in a church was something we couldn't pass up.

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#247 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ London Roundhouse (December 10th 2014)

Support: Dai & The Ramblers / Gus Devlin & The Resistance

After the success of new album, What Have We Become, and a sell out spring tour, Paul and Jacqui returned to London for a triumphant last night of the tour at the splendid Roundhouse. The build up to gigs is always heightened at Christmas time but this show had already sold out months ago helped by a cracking new album, a 30 year back catalogue and excellent ticket prices...ticket prices huh...I say they were excellent, well at £22.50 they were, but due to my desperation to get to the gig I used the scandalous 'Get Me In' 

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#235 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (May 27th 2014)

Support: Cherry Ghost

There was a definite forty-something, coat round the waist brigade feel in the air as we walked in to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire…even when a tout offered me two tickets for some guy called Paul Hatton it didn’t spoil the mood. Not sure how the Hatton gig went but for us it was all about Paul Heaton and the returning heroine Jacqui Abbott.

I have been lucky enough to have seen Mr Heaton a number of times over the last five years. Those gigs were in support of his excellent 

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#185 Paul Heaton @ Dublin Whelan's (April 10th 2011)

Support: Gavin Glass

Sixth time seeing Paul (including once with The Beautiful South) and this was without question the best yet. Be warned though if you come to his gigs expecting to hear Beautiful South songs then you will be disappointed as it's his solo albums that are played as well as some classic Housemartins tracks. 

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#182 Paul Heaton @ Dublin Academy (October 6th 2010)

Support: Gavin Glass

Mr Heaton again; the first time in two years for me; the venue was Dublin’s intimate Academy (‘Intimate’ = small). It wasn’t full tonight but there was a healthy attendance to see Paul, an artist who writes some of the funniest, most poignant, political and damn right catchiest songs you could hope to hear. It’s just a shame that more people don’t appreciate him.

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#155 Paul Heaton @ Dublin Academy (November 13th 2008)

Support: Joe Echo (Ciaran Gribbin)

This was my third time seeing Paul Heaton in a year, with this particular gig being in the intimate surroundings of Dublin’s Academy.

Supporting Paul tonight was Irish singer Joe Echo (real name, Ciaran Gribbin *as of 2011 the new lead singer of INXS) who was very good and obviously talented. It was only after looking him 

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#149 Oxegen Festival @ Punchestown Racecourse (July 12th 2008)

Line Up: R.E.M. / Stereophonics / Amy Winehouse / Paul Heaton

This was the first festival in a while, and back in Punchestown once again. The sun was shining and myself and the wife went down for just one day of the three day festival. I was alittle self-conscious at times as we were surrounded by a lot of people a lot younger than us....well me specifically (the wife is seven years youngerthan her husband). 18 year girls 

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#138 Paul Heaton @ Dublin Whelan's (November 11th 2007)

Support: Majella Murphy

Didn't catch the support tonight as I was purely in a Paul Heaton frame of mind. He may not be to everyone's taste. He may not have changed musical style much over the years but he is certainly one of a kind. Unique in just about every way, Paul has not allowed age to dim his creativity or views on the world. For me he is a genius, pure and 

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