M PEOPLE announce 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour in October 2013

M People
20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour

Mercury prize winners M People have announced a massive UK tour in celebration of their 20th anniversary since release of acclaimed seminal album ‘Elegant Slumming’ and as a full live band.
M People emerged out of the club scene in Manchester in the early nineties and became one of the world’s biggest dance acts selling more than 11 million records. With the unmistakable voice of Heather Small joining Paul Heard, Shovell and founder Mike Pickering, M People released 20 Top 40 singles, including 10 Top 10s including inspirational national anthems like "Moving On Up", "Search For The Hero" and "One Night In Heaven".

M People's first album the acclaimed ‘Northern Soul’ was released in 1992 and was hailed as one of the best dance albums of that year and spun their first top 10 single ‘How Can I love You More’.  It wasn’t until the band’s line up was complete in 1993 with the addition of percussionist Shovell that M People went onto win a Brit Award and the prestigious Mercury Music Prize with their second album ‘Elegant Slumming’

M People’s third album, 1994’s ‘Bizarre Fruit’ stayed in the UK chart for two and a half years, saw the band win another Brit Award and play the main stage at Glastonbury Festival. A few years later the band produced fourth album ‘Fresco’.

This October will be M People’s first full tour in eight years following their Ultimate Collection arena dates in 2005 and sees Heather Small, Paul Heard and Shovell take on 14 dates across the country including a massive show at Manchester Arena.

Heather said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road with the guys again.  It’s been 8 years since we last toured together and we always have such fun, you can expect a big party on that stage!”

M People are quite simply THE ultimate feel good band, and this 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour will show just why they hold a long-standing reign of popular dance music.

Tickets go onsale Friday 26th April at 10am

October 2013

Thursday 10                 Manchester Arena                          
Friday 11                      Bristol Colston Hall                       
Saturday 12                 Bournemouth International Centre        
Monday 14                   Guildford G Live 
Tuesday 15                  Ipswich Regent  
Wednesday 16             Nottingham Royal Concert Hall       
Friday 18                      Sheffield City Hall                         
Saturday 19                 Wolverhampton Civic Hall                      
Sunday 20                    Liverpool Empire Theatre                       
Tuesday 22                   York Barbican                                         
Wednesday 23             Newcastle City Hall                                
Thursday 24                 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium                    
Saturday 26                 Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                 
Sunday 27                    London Theatre Royal Drury Lane   / 0844 811 0051 / 0844 844 0444

M People are Heather Small, Paul Heard and Shovell.