9 August 2017
Marc's new single, How Can I Be Sure, is available from today. You can preview the single here and get it as a download when you pre-order the new album Shadows And Reflections, released on 22 September, on CD, vinyl or download.

Shadows And Reflections:
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1 August 2017
I Feel Love was a special concert which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967, a piece of legislation that would transform the lives of millions and give birth to an explosion of music, poetry, writing and love.

The concert featured live performance of ground breaking gay songs plus readings ranging from Oscar Wilde to Alan Hollingshurst. Marc performed at this concert alongside other artists including Will Young, Alison Moyet and Tom Robinson.

The concert is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer and will be available until 28 August 2017.

18 July 2017
Today, Marc was presented with an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University. The university's website reports:

Singer-songwriter Marc Almond had some inspirational words for graduating students today as he accepted an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University.

Although he has enjoyed worldwide fame and sold over 30 million records, Marc told graduands that true success comes from self-belief, creativity and happiness rather than money or fame.

"Self-motivation is the key to success in the artistic or musical field," he said. "It's character building and you will need this more than ever in today's competitive world. Success is doing what you love, to be fulfilled by your creativity, to be happy. If success comes, enjoy it, then appreciate it, but most of all be self-motivated. Self-belief above all else will do the heavy lifting for you."

He also praised the University, adding: "I feel honoured to be here today receiving such a prestigious award from an esteemed University recognised for its excellence. I was so impressed when I was given a tour of this beautiful campus."

Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide in a career that has spanned a diverse range of musical styles from the electro of his band Soft Cell to Turkish torch songs to Brazilian Macumba music and Russian folk. In 2010 Marc – who grew up in Southport – celebrated 30 years as a recording artist with a successful tour, culminating in receiving Mojo magazine's 'Hero Award'. He released three albums in 2014 and has most recently released the musical anthology Trials Of Eyeliner covering the years 1979-2016. His Shadows and Reflections tour is scheduled for October and November this year.

12 July 2017
Press Release:

MARC ALMOND - SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS
NEW ALBUM OF 1960'S ORCHESTRAL BAROQUE POP AND TORCH SONGS
CD, DOWNLOAD & VINYL RELEASED BY BMG 22/09/2017
'SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS' UK TOUR OCTOBER 2017
THIS IS THE FIRST ALBUM IN AN EXCLUSIVE 3 YEAR, 2 ALBUM DEAL WITH BMG. AN ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS WILL FOLLOW IN 2019

"Almond continues to be the most multidimensional of artistes" - Mojo

'Shadows And Reflections' is the new album by Marc Almond released by BMG on 22 September 2017. It features sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and 60's orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions. The album features songs written or recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury and the Young Rascals.

'The Overture', 'Interval' and final pivotal track 'No One To Say Goodnight To' set and frame the album's mood - composed and orchestrated by long-time collaborator John Harle. "It's a sea of lush strings, lilting guitar, choral harmonies and full, panoramic sound. I wanted it to have the feel of a very late 1960s Italian cinema soundtrack" says Marc. "Everything stems from and returns back to that final track." The album thematically begins and ends in an apartment. "It's about this guy that's living in a luxury expansive glass apartment overlooking the city, filled with sculptures and beautiful things, an empty soulless shell, surrounded by absurd wealth. He is sitting alone and I imagine listening to this music, possibly the songs that make up this album. He's rich in the bank but the poorest person you know".

The album 'Shadows And Reflections' sees Marc delve into the mood music of "orchestral and baroque pop songs with orchestrated arrangements and productions typical of the songs of that time". The album includes covers of the Young Rascals (also made famous by David Cassidy) 'How Can I Be Sure', the gothic pop of The Herd 'From The Underworld ("Peter Frampton is such a brilliant early songwriter and I thought The Herd had such an intense inventiveness"), The Yardbirds 'Still Im Sad' ("I've come from listening to a lot of blues based rock from the 60's") and Julie Driscoll's 'I Know You Love Me Not' ("It is an incredible song that I have wanted to do for many years but only now found the context"). The title track 'Shadows And Reflections' is based on mod legends The Action's version, whilst also featured is Burt Bacharach's 'Blue On Blue' ("I sang this song with Burt at the London Palladium"), Bobby Darin's 'Not For Me' and the Johnny Mandel standard 'The Shadow Of Your Smile'.

"I particularly like the strangeness of many of those 60's records" says Marc, "the oddness about them, sometimes unsettling, out of the mould, that light psychedelia approach from the early Floyd records, Sgt Pepper and Soft Machine."

Marc Almond's deep affection for brilliantly arranged 1960s pop has been prevalent throughout his career and has served him well. His versions of 'Jacky', 'The Days Of Pearly Spencer', 'Tainted Love', 'Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart', and 'What!' have become much treasured recordings from an artist who can take an old song and bring it new life with impeccable style. A look at Marc's popular 60's Spotify playlists gives insight into the sounds and singers that he continues to be inspired by.

Marc has announced a new UK tour starting on 3 October at London's Royal Festival Hall, and across 18 dates, he will perform with a full orchestra playing songs from 'Shadows And Reflections' as well as other known and lesser known gems from the period.

2017 cements the 60th Birthday year for the singer who the Observer noted, "has never stood still" and comes after the great success of the Top 10 album 'Hits And Pieces', which was followed by a sold-out Spring tour including a triumphant show at London's Roundhouse.

Says Marc; "My audience may not be familiar with a lot of these songs so I had to bear that in mind. Whereas if you're an aficionado and you know how brilliant they are, you'll see I've not reinvented them an awful lot because I thought the arrangements are so good in the first place. These songs just need to be put out there again so people can hear them. Me singing them introduces them to a different audience and brings them out into the light."

Album Track listing
1. Overture
2. Shadows And Reflections
3. I'm Lost Without You
4. How Can I Be Sure
5. Something Bad On My Mind
6. Blue On Blue
7. I Know You Love Me Not
8. Interlude
9. From the Underworld
10. Still I'm Sad
11. Embers
12. Not For Me
13. All thoughts Of Time
14. The Shadow of Your Smile
15 No One To Say Good Night To

For the full list of Shadows And Reflections tour dates, see the Live page

22 June 2017
Marc Almond - Addicted to Excess
An exhibition celebrating life and art. 15 July - 27 August

Marc Almond's 60th birthday celebration remarkably coincides with the 50 year anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK. This exhibition fuses imagery, artefacts, photographs and paintings from a trailblazing career, depicting a unique artist unafraid to venture into uncharted creative arenas.

Displayed publicly for the first time are photographic prints by Peter Ashworth, a specially commissioned portrait by artist Mark Wardel and a unique series of collages created by Marc Almond. These works will be shown alongside photography by Mike Owen, Scott Ewalt, Aaron Cobbett and Andrew Caitlin, paintings by Pierre and Gilles and Matthew Stradling and video work by Jamie Mcleod and Gerry McNee.

This is the fourth exhibition in the series 'Homospectives' exploring work of LGBTQ artists to mark the anniversaries of the groundbreaking Wolfenden Report (1957) and Sexual Offences Act (1967).

Curated by DuoVision - Martin Green and James Lawler

The Gallery, 41 Stanhope St, Liverpool, L8 5RE

22 May 2017
David Smyth chooses Marc Almond at the Festival Hall on 3 October as one of the five gigs to book this week in the Evening Standard - www.standard.co.uk/goingout