Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
3:55 AM 31st July 2021

Soft Cell Say Hello And Not Goodbye As New Tour And Album Announced

When Soft Cell announced that their London O2 arena show a few years ago was going to be their last it was too hard to believe.

If you are old enough to remember when Marc Almond worked as the cloakroom attendant at The Warehouse in Leeds or recall your delight when Soft Cell hit the Number 1 slot with Tainted Love in the summer of 1981, then the following is going to make you very happy.

Rather than saying Hello and Waving Goodbye the title of one of their biggest hits, the duo are set to say hello again but not goodbye as they announce details of a new album and tour, which of course comes to Leeds, the city where it all began for them.

Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball are set to return with their fifth studio album *Happiness Not Included, which will be released in spring 2022 via a new deal with BMG. It represents their first new album since they issued Cruelty Without Beauty back in 2002. They will build towards the album’s release by sharing a new single in the autumn and playing some UK shows in November 2021.

Due to overwhelming public demand, Soft Cell will be previewing tracks from *Happiness Not Included alongside their greatest hits, as well as performing their seminal 1981 debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret in full for the first time in a series of live shows this autumn.

The five date tour includes two shows in the north

Friday 12 November 2021 - MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO
Saturday 13 November 2021 - LEEDS O2 ACADEMY

Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Friday, August 6th