Shalamar to bring UK-wide ‘Friends 40th Anniversary’ Tour to Colchester’s Charter Hall

PUBLISHED: 4 August 2023

Colchester Events is delighted to announce that R&B and soul music sensations, Shalamar, are coming to Charter Hall as part of their UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Friends’.

On tour the band, which comprises Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and Carolyn Griffey, will perform the entire platinum-selling album live for the first time in their history, with hits including ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘Friends’, ‘There It Is’ and ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’.

Carolyn Griffey, who now fronts the band alongside Howard and Jeffrey from the classic 1982 line up, said: “I can’t wait for the ‘Friends’ tour. This will be amazing.”

Audiences to Charter Hall will also get to hear many more of Shalamar’s greatest hits, including ‘Take That to The Bank’, ‘Second Time Around’, ‘Make That Move’, ‘Dead Giveaway’ and many more.
Joining them will be one of Britain’s most revered ladies of soul, Jaki Graham, who achieved international success with a string of hits from 1985 including ‘Could it Be I'm Falling In Love?’, ‘Round and Around’, ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Step Right Up’ and ‘Breaking Away’.

Cllr Michelle Burrows, Colchester City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, said: “It’s so exciting to be welcoming Shalamar to Colchester for a show which will delight music lovers across Colchester and the wider region. Having international stars of Shalamar’s calibre perform in Colchester is great for residents and also boosts visitor numbers to support the local economy. We look forward to welcoming Shalamar to the city for another fantastic event within Colchester’s Year of Celebration calendar.”

Shalamar have sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. In 1983, ‘Friends’ outsold OMD, Abba, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Culture Club and Meat Loaf to become one of the best-selling albums of the year. 

Shalamar’s ‘Friends 40th Anniversary Tour’ takes place at Charter Hall, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YH on Saturday 10 December 2023. Tickets are on sale now at:

Page last reviewed: 4 August 2023


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