Leas Cliff Hall shows

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A wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic shows will be staged at Folke­stone’s Leas Cliff Hall this au­tumn and win­ter. Here are some of the high­lights.

In­die band the Kooks are set to sell out the venue for their visit in De­cem­ber which is part of the Brighton fourpiece’s 10-date UK tour.

They sold out their Lis­ten tour across the coun­try last year and have since taken the show to Aus­tralia, Europe, USA and South Amer­ica.

The band, led by vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Luke Pritchard, first thrilled a sell-out crowd at the Folke­stone venue in 2006, upon the re­lease of their de­but al­bum In­side In/In­side Out.

They per­form in Folke­stone on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 14. Tick­ets, priced from £23.25, go on sale at 9am to­day (Wed­nes­day).

Ex­actly 40 years af­ter ABBA recorded their sig­na­ture tune, Danc­ing Queen, the ABBA Re­union Trib­ute Show will be at the venue from 7.30pm this Fri­day.

This show will fea­ture this clas­sic num­ber along with other favourites such as Mamma Mia.

Gen­eral tick­ets are £22.40 to £23.90, plus £2.85 trans­ac­tion fees, with re­duc­tions for theatre card mem­bers.

The English coun­try pop duo The Shires will be at the venue from 7pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are de­scribed as hav­ing their hearts in the Home Coun­ties and their heads in Nashville, home of coun­try and western mu­sic.

They be­came the first Bri­tish coun­try band to reach the UK al­bums top 10 with their de­but al­bum, Brave, re­leased this March. Tick­ets are from £15.

The mu­sic of the Pi­ano Man comes to Folke­stone in a trib­ute act.

Elio Pace will re­pro­duce the mu­sic of Billy Joel at the venue from 7.30pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

The show, called the Billy Joel Song­book, in­cludes the New Yorker’s sig­na­ture tune, Pi­ano Man, his only Bri­tish num­ber one sin­gle Up­town Girl, My Life and Just the Way You Are. Pace will be backed by a six-piece band. Tick­ets are from £19.

The Royal Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra will ap­pear at the venue at 7.30pm on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 with the evening fea­tur­ing Grieg’s Pi­ano Con­certo with Ivana Gavrić as the pi­anist. The con­duc­tor is Grze­gorz Nowak and the open­ing piece will be Men­delssohn’s Fin­gal’s Cave and Si­belius’ Fin­lan­dia.

The show closes with Beethoven’s Sym­phony No5. Tick­ets are from £11.

For tick­ets for all these shows call 0844 871 3015 or visit www.at­gtick­ets.com/ folke­stone

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