Best known as lead singer of Scottish soul-pop band Wet Wet Wet and as well known for his performances in musical theatre as much as his huge chart success, Marti Pellow has two live dates in Nottinghamshire this summer.
He will first be at the Royal Concert Hall on June 6 with his Private Collection tour, celebrating his 30 years in the music business.
And he is then back on June 16 to headline the Newark Festival, topping a bill that includes fellow 80’s icons, Hothouse Flowers, Kim Wilde, Go West, Nick Heyward, Limahl and The Fizz.
He said: “We’re getting a double hit with Nottinghamshire, I’m coming to the city as part of my tour which is going the length and breadth of the country, but we had a few days off in the schedule and I was asked if I’d like to play the Newark Festival and I’m always up for a good time and I said ‘yes’.
“I really like the line-up for Newark, it’s a very broad range of artists playing so I think it will be a pretty eclectic evening.
“It also looks like a really good day, you’re getting pretty of bang for your buck with the bands on in the day and then the likes of me in the evening.”
For both shows, there will be a number of particular songs fans will want to hear and Marti assured them they can expect to hear many of the biggest hits, from his extensive back catalogue, especially at the festival.
He continued: “With Newark, it’s not about educating people, it’s about playing songs people are familiar with, it’s a different skill set for that particular show.
“It’s a no-brainer really, I’m not going to be playing some obscure song that will make people think ‘hang on, what’s going on here?’
“The Private Collection tour is a different kinds of show because of the nature of the venues and the size of them and there, the audiences will be a bit more pliable.
“It’s about engaging with the audience and giving them what they want.”
Over the last few years, Marti has been swapping music for musical theatre, starring in shows like The Witches of Eastwick, Jekyll & Hyde and Evita.
And he says whether it is playing a concert or starring in a show, the love of performing is always there and that has been the case for the last 30 years at the top of the business.
He said: “I’m never that far away from a stage, being a singer-songwriter and performer, either in musical theatre or just gigging, it was always the case I was never far away for me.
“As a singer-songwriter, you always hope your songs will have longevity and if your career can span decades, it’s a wonderful thing, especially if you still have the same enthusiasm for your vocation or job, you still have that passion for it, it puts a spring in your step.”