Motown legends to bring tour to Hull this September

This September will see Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations with Tavares come together to tour six UK cities, including Hull’s Connexin Live on 5 September.

The superstar vintage soul groups The Four Tops and The Temptations both came from seminal label Motown and are the most commercially successful American pop music groups of all time, having sold tens of millions of albums and influenced generations of artists and music fans.

With the popularity of vintage soul peaking in influence across generations, the tour of six UK cities promises to be sell-out shows when tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, 26 April.

Vocal quartet The Four Tops helped propel the Motown label to global success. Led by the group’s remaining original founding member Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, The Four Tops had major breakthrough hits with ‘Baby I Need Your Loving’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’. Other hits include ‘It’s The Same Old Song’, ‘Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)’ and ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’, ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Love’ and ‘Bernadette’, with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ released in 1966 and the group’s biggest Motown hit.

Vocal quintet The Temptations also released music via Motown to achieve massive international success. Today The Temptations are led by original founding member Otis Williams, with major global hits including ‘My Girl’, ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’, ‘I Wish It Would Rain’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘I Can’t Get Next To You’, and ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’.

Tavares are the Tavares brothers, a hugely successful American R&B/Soul group, now touring as a quartet comprising the original founding members Antone ‘Chubby’ Tavares, Perry ‘Tiny’ Tavares, Feliciano ‘Butch’ Tavares and Arthur ‘Pooch’ Tavares. They are most loved for their international smash hit ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’, with other hits including ‘It Only Takes A Minute’, ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’, ‘Whodunit’, as well as a hugely successful cover of Bee Gees classic ‘More Than A Woman’, which appeared on the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack.

The Four Tops said: “We need your loving UK, we can’t wait to return to your shores this September with our brothers in soul The Temptations and Tavares, so get ready for us!”

The Temptations said: “We love performing for our British fans, we will be on cloud nine this September!”

Tavares said: “It’s been more than a minute, but coming to the UK always makes us so happy, come see us this September!”

Seated tickets for this event at Connexin Live will be available from 10am on Friday 26 April from or by visiting new official ticketing partner AXS.

VIP and hospitality upgrades are also available for all shows, email for further details.