Sheffield Star, March 13, 2017

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Sheffield Star
  • 2017 March 13

UK & Ireland newspapers


Elvis Costello set to pump it up at South Yorkshire show

Chris Page

He may not want to go to Chelsea ... but Elvis Costello never tires of coming to Sheffield.

Fans of the singer-songwriting scribe are counting down days to his next local appearance in a week's time - 40 years since he first graced former city polytechnic stage among Stiffs Live alongside late, great stablemate Ian Dury.

City Hall Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall will on Monday March 20 host his latest coming, soundtracked here by flashback to summer 2013 rocking of the venue with live set staple Pump It Up and long-time mate Nick Lowe-written anthemic (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.

Critics worldwide have waxed lyrical about incredibly entertaining walk through an amazing life and back catalogue that is his Detour solo tour.

One reviewer wrote of the show: “There seemed to be a little extra Scouse tang to his accent than usual as held court with his guitar in front of a giant vintage TV set.

"The television displayed a test card – something which only people of a certain age will remember. Overlaying the screen were pictures highlighting memories of his childhood, his musical and cultural influences as well as old snaps of his family.

"The concept worked well as Costello stitched his songs into a narrative of recollections and anecdotes".

“By the time Sixties footage of his dad, looking the very spit of Costello on screen, as the singer's brothers appear for harmonies freighted with fraternal emotion, this gig has become more deep-rooted English feelings than punk.

"The GI bride heart-breaker 'American Without Tears' blurs into the clubland numbness of ‘Pump It Up’ into ‘Brother Can You Spare A Dime’ then ‘Oliver’s Army’ treads again on live danger lines of race, joblessness and false patriotism.

"Costello used to sneer with righteous rage. Now he is a profound showbiz veteran, from a country which should embrace him again,” implored another.

Tickets remain available online at, from City Hall Box Office and by calling 0114 2789789.


Sheffield Star, March 13, 2017

Chris Page previews Elvis Costello solo, Monday, March 20, 2017, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, England.


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Sheffield-bound Elvis Costello


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