BY BILLY SUTER
POPULAR 1990s duo, The Lighthouse family, whose hits include Lifted, Ocean Drive, Raincloud, High and Lost in Space, will perform in Johannesburg and Cape Town in March next year. Sadly, Durban is not on the itinerary.
The Lighthouse Family comprising Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker, will perform at Johannesburg’s Teatro theatre, at Montecasino, on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, and at Cape Town’s Grand West on March 24.
Johannesburg ticket prices start at R630, while those in Cape Town start at R515. Tickets are now available from www.bigconcerts.co.za
Formed in the early 1990s when the members were at Newcastle University, the British duo released its first album, Ocean Drive, in 1995. It acquired six-times platinum status while staying in the album charts for three years, selling 2.75 million copies.
In 1997 the duo released their second album, Postcards from Heaven, which produced the Top 10 singles Raincloud, High and Lost in Space and two Top 30 hits. The album sold 4 million albums globally, and the group’s instantly recognisable sound impacted on musicians as diverse as Geri Halliwell and New Order’s Peter Hook.
The duo’s third album, Whatever Gets You Through The Day (2001), produced the Top 10 single (I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be) Free/One, an inspired mash-up of the U2 anthem and a soul classic made her own by Nina Simone.
After, the two friends went their separate ways but discussions of coming together to produce their long-awaited fourth album started three years ago.
The pair were determined to make something that was classic Lighthouse Family, but also sounded like it could be made today. Blue Sky In Your Head is Lighthouse Family’s fourth album and sees the men back on Polydor Records (their original label). They were and reunited with Colin Barlow, the A&R that discovered them, and Keith Armstrong, their first manager; the same team that was around them when they were at their FM Radio-dominating peak.
The 2020 dates will mark the first time that Lighthouse Family will perform in South Africa and fans can expect to hear all their hits, according to a Big Concerts spokesman.