Neil Hannon, the ever-present frontman of The Divine Comedy, is to give an exclusive live performance at hmv Belfast, followed by a signing session of the band’s new album.
One of Northern Ireland’s finest, Neil Hannon, will be filling the rafters of hmv Belfast with his distinctive orchestral pop sounds on Tuesday September 6 at 5.30pm, to celebrate the launch of The Divine Comedy’s latest studio album Foreverland.
The night before (Monday) Neil and his band will be playing a special gig in the Ulster Hall to mark BBC NI’s groundbreaking music programme Across The Line’s 30th anniversary.
The following evening (Tuesday) Neil will be treating fans in hmv to an acoustic performance, then signing copies of the new album and meeting fans. With no official Northern Ireland tour dates scheduled at present, this exclusive intimate set will be the last chance for fans to see Neil perform until later next year.
Since The Divine Comedy’s inception, Neil Hannon has time and again proved to be one of the UK’s best and most original songwriters. Recorded in Ireland and London and written, arranged and produced by Neil Hannon, Foreverland is a byzantine patchwork of love, longing and imperial ambition.
Neil says of the new record: “It’s about meeting your soul mate and living happily ever after… and then what comes after happily ever after. Get ready for the most historically inaccurate hit of the summer.”
As well as the swashbuckling title track, Foreverland features the self-deluding ‘Napoleon Complex’, the heroic ‘To The Rescue’, the unforgettable ‘I Joined the Foreign Legion (To Forget)’ and the heartwarming ‘Funny Peculiar’ – a duet with the wonderful Cathy Davey.
Neil Hannon will appear at hmv Belfast, 3-6 Donegall Arcade, BT1 1PT on Tuesday September 6 at 5.30pm
Access will be granted on a first come first served basis with a copy of the album