Singer will also play a 'Greatest Hits' set on each night of his summer tour

Former singer with The Beautiful South Paul Heaton has announced a UK tour for this July, on which he will perform his ‘soul opera’, which is titled The 8th.

The singer will be joined by The Wire actor Reg E Cathey, Cherry Ghost, former Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott, Los Campesinos! vocalist Gareth Paisey, soul singer Wayne Gidden, Scottish singer songwriter Aaron Wright, The Earlies’ Christian Madden, Mike Greaves, Yvonne Shelton and Steve Menzies for the trek, which is four shows in total and two festival appearances.

The tour begins at London’s Barbican Centre on July 5 and then takes in shows in Salford, Sheffield and Birmingham.

The 8th is split into in eight chapters, each looking at one of the seven deadly sins through a series of scenes taking place in a poverty-ridden neighbourhood, with one extra sin played out in the opera’s final chapter. An album version of the opera will be released on July 2.

After each performance of the opera, Heaton will return to the stage for a ‘Greatest Hits’ performance of his music from both The Beautiful South and The Housemartins.

The 8th was also be performed at MFest and Latitude Festival.

Paul Heaton will play:

London Barbican Centre (July 5)
Salford Lowry Theatre (6)
Sheffield Lyceum (10)
Birmingham St Paul’s Church (11)

Tickets go onsale on Friday (March 23) at 9am (GMT). To check the availability of Paul Heaton tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.