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"The year was 1980. The UK slid into recession and inflation stood at 18 per cent. Amid the doom and gloom - a film that captured the era precisely and made an unknown singer-songwriter from Coventry into a star. Breaking Glass launched the career of Hazel O'Connor. Now thirty years on, she's about to perform the entire soundtrack from the film - live on stage for the first time." ANDY BEVAN ITV
Celebrating thirty years of the iconic film Breaking Glass, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O'Connor makes her long awaited return with the full band to Yorkshire in this very special one-off show. As a grand finale to a hectic 30th Anniversary year of touring, Hazel and The Subterraneans, augmented by stunning saxophonist Clare Hirst and long time collaborator, (Bellestars, Communards, Maxi Priest, David Bowie) perform all the songs from this groundbreaking film, live at the Picturedrome for the first time.
BREAKING GLASS LIVE melds Hazel's superb vocals with Clare's exquisite sax and The Subterraneans' own distinctive blend of guitars, bass and drums. Relive those classic tracks from Will You and Eighth Day to previously un-performed gems including Writing on The Wall and Top of The Wheel - all seem even more relevant in our present times. ". this is the first time ever I have played all of the songs from Breaking
Glass in a live situation . we recorded them but when we went on the road, we didn't sing every one and now we are doing them all. It's kind of amazing," says Hazel.
Hazel O Connor with her sultry vocals is no stranger to the live scene and she continues to woo and delight audiences worldwide. Consistently recording and touring, Hazel took to the road with a stage show about her amazing life story, Beyond Breaking Glass. It took Edinburgh by storm in 1998 and again in 2008 and has toured the world. The impossibility of performing classic new wave songs accompanied only by the celebrated Irish harp player, Cormac De Barra, has been wooing audiences since those first shows, all those years ago. Hazel is also currently performing in an exciting new format with The Bluja Project which toured to sell out audiences earlier this year and also features Clare Hirst and the multi-talented pianist Sarah Fisher. Hazel has recorded a studio album every couple of years since Breaking Glass was released in 1980, and several live albums including Eighth Day Live In Brighton a DVD with The Subterraneans.
"The expressive power of her singing, her songwriting craft and warm, strong personality." The Times