Hugh Cornwell plays Birmingham

Legendary ex-Stranglers front man to provide Moments of Madness in May.

Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl, Always The Sun, Peaches, No More Heroes, Nice & Sleazy… Sound familiar? All big hits, all great songs, all written and sung by Hugh Cornwell, the songwriter behind The Stranglers. He’s playing the O2 Institute on 5th May and tickets are now on sale. Expect an opening set of prime solo songs, including picks from Hugh’s hit new album Moments of Madness, followed by a storming set of Stranglers classics, sung and played by the man himself.

As leader of The Stranglers, Hugh was the main songwriter of all the band’s most memorable songs across ten stellar albums. Their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus – featuring seminal songs Peaches, (Get A) Grip, (On Yourself), and more – follow up albums No More Heroes, Black and White, The Raven and The Gospel According To The Men In Black – which Hugh cites as his favourite Stranglers album – consolidated Cornwell’s stature as a unique songwriter and musician. His lyrics to Golden Brown, from the La Folie album, and their multiple meanings, is a song writing masterclass with the song reaching number two in the UK singles charts. After releasing his final album 10 with the band Hugh embarked on a solo career.

Fast forward to 2022 and Hugh’s latest album Moments of Madness is an album of acute, pithy, and witty observations which has received widespread critical acclaim. He’ll be playing a selection of songs from the albums togther with Stranglers classics and material from his extensive solo back catalogue, at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Friday 5th May.