Unlikely pop star returns

AFTER a decade of seducing career couples with the Roy Orbinson stylings of several critically acclaimed and, latterly, commercially successful albums, Sheffield’s most unlikely pop star, Richard Hawley, is back, and this time he’s rocking out.

It shouldn’t be a shock: Hawley started out in indie band the Longpigs, has worked with Pulp and Robbie Williams, and even contributed the guitar solo to All Saints’ version of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge. But to those accustomed to 2009’s Truelove’s Gutter, it may be a little bit unexpected. Standing at the Sky’s Edge is the sound of Hawley cutting loose, and clearly enjoying it.

He plays the Mandela Hall on Sunday December 2 with tickets, priced at £20 plus booking fee, on sale now.