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Haircut 100 announce special 'Pelican West' show

Press Release: 23 November 2023



-        a rare one-off show at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

on May 12, 2023 

Tickets on sale from 10am, Friday 2 December


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Over 40 years since their debut album, Pelican West, stormed into the UK charts (staying rooted for a mammoth 34 weeks) icons of pop, HAIRCUT 100, announce a rare one-off live show to celebrate that landmark album - Nick Heyward, Les Nemes, Graham Jones & Blair Cunningham will step on stage for a very special once-in-a-lifetime show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on May 12th, 2023. 

Performing every song from the original Pelican West album, plus unheard tracks from their newly released Super Deluxe edition of ‘Pelican West', the show will be an unforgettable Haircut 100 live experience that fans won't want to miss.  Bringing the past 40 years whizzing into the present day, the Haircut 100 boys come together to fuse the sounds of those classic 80s hits, with new music from the band.

" ‘Pelican West' is such an iconic British new wave pop album, and was life-changing for us as a band, so it's going to be incredible to perform those chart topping singles to a live audience again. We promise a Haircut 100 party to remember, we can't wait to share it with our fans. See you all there guys."  Nick Heyward

The London boys of new-wave pop guarantee a headline set that promises to raise the roof on a fantastic day for Haircut 100 fans.  Be there!

Haircut 100 - Nick Heyward, Les Nemes, Graham Jones, Phil Smith, Marc Fox and Blair Cunningham - released their debut album in February 1982, Pelican West.  The band were an instant smash with four UK Top 10 singles including ‘Fantastic Day', ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)' and ‘Love Plus One', with the album storming into the UK Top 10 for three months, ten weeks of which were in the Top 5, and 34 weeks in the Top 40. 


Over 40 years on, the band now release a bonus version of that iconic Pelican West album, with a one-off live show to bring the album to life.  Over four CDs, there are 54 tracks, of which 24 are unreleased, including nascent versions of later Nick Heyward solo hits ‘Whistle Down The Wind', ‘Blue Hat For A Blue Day' and the great lost Haircut 100 single ‘Sunny Boy, Sunny Girl'.  The album will be available as a Super Deluxe Edition featuring a new remaster of Pelican West, all the 12" mixes and b-sides, a live set from Hammersmith Odeon and for the first time, the demos for their unfinished second album, which was given the provisional title Blue Hat For A Blue Day.

The 4-CD set features a 44-page booklet with a new 10,000-word sleeve note featuring an oral history of the time with all six members interviewed by the set's curator, author and DJ Daryl Easlea. The booklet also includes memorabilia and exclusive photographs from the personal collection of Haircut guitarist Graham Jones and bassist Les Nemes.Pelican West 40is also available as a half-speed master vinyl LP as well as a 38-track 4-LP edition containing the new half-speed cut of the album along with the unreleased second album tracks and a collection of 12" mixes.



Haircut 100 

Live @ Shepherd's Bush Empire

Friday 12 May, 2023


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Tickets will be available on general on-sale from Friday 2 December @ 10am.


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