Following the release of their brand new album ‘Start Over’, Blake introduce their ‘Live In Concert’ Tour for 2013.
They will be performing at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, on Friday, October 18, and The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, on Saturday, October 26.
Expect an evening of great music and entertainment from these singers whose stunning harmonies and rat-pack banter have been entertaining audiences around the world.
“Since getting together 6 years ago, we have performed well over 600 shows at venues all over the world, that’s a lot of time to get to know each other on stage! The fun we have as a group seems to spread very quickly into the audience, that’s what keeps every show special for us.”
As well as classic songs from their three previous chart-topping and award-winning albums Blake are looking forward to performing songs from their new album ‘Start Over’.
‘Start Over’, is a beautiful collection of contemporary harmony pop featuring stunning original songs and a few carefully selected covers, including Paul McCartney’s ‘Beautiful Night’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘To Make You Feel My Love’.
Having formed in 2007, recording and performing as a classical group, ‘Start Over’ is Blake’s first pop album and sees them embracing the challenge.
The change in musical direction is in fact a natural progression for Blake. Inspired by great vocalists such as the Bee Gees, Boyz II Men and The Beach Boys, and having toured almost continually since 2009’s ‘Together’ (their third album), Blake’s live set list has expanded to include more and more contemporary material.
The group discovered that the strength of their vocal arrangements and four part harmonies allowed them to interpret a widening range of songs and the reaction from their audiences reinforced their belief that they were creating something special.
Towards the end of January it was announced that Blake would be saying farewell to Jules Knight as he joins the cast of Holby City as new doctor with the album being the last Blake record to feature Jules.
The album title is now even more fitting as Jules returns to his acting routes and his band mates - Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Berney and Ollie Baines - look towards an exciting new era for Blake.
With the new album release and a worldwide tour in the works Blake are looking forward to an exciting future as Humphrey explains: “It seems so fitting that our album ‘Start Over’ will be the last with the current line-up, before we turn a new page in the life of Blake.
“It is something that all four of us are immensely proud of. Blake has always been about the sound of guys singing in harmony together, and although we are losing a great musician, line-up changes are nothing new, and this basic sound will not change.”
Stephen adds: “The upcoming tour will be as great as ever albeit with some musical surprises. We know our fans will continue to support Humphrey, Ollie and myself as we continue touring and we are also all really excited about the great things we have planned.”
Blake had an incredible year in 2012. Their worldwide status grew as the band took their music to important new territories – China and the USA - as well as returning to the Philippines for tours in April and December.
In addition to long hours in the recording studio working on ‘Start Over’ and playing almost 50 concert dates in the UK alone, the group also found time to celebrate the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics with a performance at the Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium event in April.