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Rick Astley at Utilita Arena

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Rick Astley’s concert which was due to take place in October 2020 has been postponed once more and will now take place on Thursday 6th May 2021

Statement from Rick Astley:

“I’m sad to say that yet again I need to announce the postponement of my upcoming UK Tour to May 2021. This also includes the shows for NHS and frontline staff. Obviously I want to perform for you all as soon as possible, but due to not knowing when venues will open safely, we have to postpone. All of your tickets remain valid, so hold on to them and I’ll put on a great show for you next year - Rick x”

All current tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled show so please keep hold of them.

Rick Astley launched his current single Every One Of Us in style. The track received its world exclusive first play courtesy of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2, which he followed with a great performance on BBC1s Saturday evening favourite Pointless. The track features on his career-spanning compilation The Best Of Me, which will be released on October 25th.

Now Rick Astley announces details of his Greatest Hits Tour 2020. The eleven-date arena tour will see Rick perform to a combined audience of more than 80,000 people, and includes a Newcastle show at Utilita Arena.

Rick Astley has proven to be a consistently huge draw in the live arena. Hes sold over 100,000 tickets to his UK headline shows since releasing his chart-topping album 50 in 2016. This year has seen him complete a gargantuan 38-date stadium tour as special guest to Take That in which he played to over 500,000 people. Meanwhile, festivals have included a headline show at Kew The Music, plus the Isle of Wight, Pub in the Park and Chris Evans Carfest.

His shows are a celebration, mixing the famous hits that he made his name with alongside current fan favourites. Ricks wide-ranging love of music means that his sets are often peppered with some inspired covers - as vintage as AC/DCs Highway To Hell and as contemporary as Calvin Harris and Rag n Bone Mans Giant.

Its a crowd-pleasing cocktail powered by his famous vocal, easy-going charm and incendiary live band. Previous live reviews have described his show at joyous (Evening Standard) and clever and soulful (Daily Telegraph).

At the age of 21, Rick Astley emerged from the shadows of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production house to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. His era-defining classic Never Gonna Give You Up topped charts the world over and catapulted him on a journey that would encompass 8 consecutive UK Top 10 hits and 40 million sales. And after stepping aside to focus on his family, he shot back to #1 almost 30 years later with his hit Platinum-selling album 50.

Rick celebrates his extraordinary story with the release of The Best of Me. It charts that initial run of hits (Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever and many more) alongside recent fan favourites such as Keep Singing, Angels On My Side and Beautiful Life. It also digs into some deep cuts too, such as Lights Out from 2010.

The album is bookended with a step into the past and an eye to the future. Having written and produced the song as well as playing all of the instruments himself, opening track and lead single Every One of Us is a brand new song that shows that the power of Rick Astley 2.0 is undiminished. And it closes with a new Pianoforte take on Never Gonna Give You Up. Dropping the peppy 80s beats for an intimate piano arrangement captures it in a new light, its inner heartbreak becoming all the more apparent.

Continuing that spirit of reinvention, Rick independently recorded a set of Reimagined interpretations of his songs, old and new, for the second disc of The Best of Me. While Ricks musical style has evolved over the years, the Reimagined recordings show that quality songwriting has always been an essential hallmark of his work.

Tickets are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666* or from 11.00am in person from the Utilita Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply. Tickets are limited to 6 per person. *Call cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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