He'll play 15 dates and stay the night at each pub

Former Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton has announced details of a unique tour of the UK.

Starting in May, the ‘Pedals And Pumps’ tour will include 15 pub gigs, with the singer-songwriter cycling to each show.

Playing to promote both cycling and traditional British pubs, Heaton will cycle 720 miles in total, beginning his journey from The Rovers Return on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester.

“I’m looking forward to pedaling around the country to promote cycling and the British pub,” Heaton said about the unique tour. “Both are very close to my heart. I’ve been cycling all my life, and the British pub has provided most of my favourite stop-off points.”

He added: “It saddens me to hear about so many British pubs closing on a weekly basis, so I want to do all I can to get people back to their local.”

Full details of the tour are yet to be announced but a show at The Bridge Bier Huis in Burnley has been confirmed for May 22, with Heaton still looking for pubs to perform at.