Billy Ocean to play Belfast’s Waterfront Hall
Thursday 11th October 2018
Tickets from £28.50 on sale Fri 8 Dec 10am – buy yours here.
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide in the pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK.
Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter. Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room.
He got his first break when he signed to GTO records, for whom his second single was the Motown-ish “Love Really Hurts Without You”, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US. Two top twenty singles followed; “Love on Delivery” and “Stop Me”, then “Red Light Spells Danger” became a smash in both the UK and the US.
Billy changed record labels and his move to Jive Records provided instant success, with the million selling American number one single “Caribbean Queen” (for which Billy won a Grammy for best R&B Vocal), followed by “Loverboy”, and “Suddenly” which became the first of Billy’s killer ballads. The Album from which these singles came from spent a year in the US Charts selling double platinum (triple in Canada). Billy also performed on the American half of Live Aid, making 1985 a truly incredible year for him.
This year was another fantastic year for Billy releasing his Here You Are album and playing shows in Dubai, USA, Canada, Spain, Mozambique, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany and even Luxumbourg. Billy has also started work on his next album to be released in 2018!
Tickets priced from £28.50 – £46 on sale from Friday 8th December at 10am, buy yours here