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Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time: 30 Years of The Divine Comedy

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Neil Hannon celebrates 30 years as The Divine Comedy – performing ten of his records in full across a five-night residency.

In 1990 musical history was made when a twenty-year old Neil Hannon signed his first record deal and began releasing one glorious album after another under the name The Divine Comedy. 30 years, twelve magnificent albums and hundreds of spellbinding shows later, Neil Hannon is considered by many to be a national treasure and one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation.

Whether your favourite is the much-loved anthem ‘National Express’ or deep-dives into the esoteric likes of ‘Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont’, this is a one-time-only chance to immerse yourself in Hannon’s imaginative world, as he plays virtually his entire back catalogue, accompanied on stage by a ten piece ensemble.

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Watch: National Express

Watch the Official Music Video for The Divine Comedy's single National Express.

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Watch: Something For The Weekend

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