The Cult return home to Yorkshire for Halifax and Scarborough outdoor shows

The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy: Yorkshire return

THE Cult are bringing their Under The Midnight Sun European Tour home to Yorkshire for outdoor shows at The Piece Hall, Halifax, on July 5 and Scarborough Open Air Theatre the next night. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday (31/3/2023) via

Formed in Bradford in 1983, originally as Death Cult before settling on The Cult in January 1984, they hit the mainstream from the mid-1980s with She Sells Sanctuary, Rain, Revolution, Love Removal Machine, Lil’ Devil, Wild Flower and Fire Woman.

Platinum-selling albums Love (1985), Electric (1987), Sonic Temple (1985) and Ceremony (1991) cemented the post-punk shakers’ place at rock’s top table.

Frontman Ian Astbury, 60, and guitarist and song-writing partner Billy Duffy, 61, continue to be The Cult’s creative driving force. Last October’s Under The Midnight Sun brought them their seventh Top 20 album chart placing, peaking at number 15.

The artwork for The Cult’s 2022 studio album, Under The Midnight Sun

Under The Midnight Sun’s recording sessions brought Astbury and Duff full circle,  taking them back to  Rockfield, the fabled Welsh studios where they had made their 1984 debut, Dreamtime.

The Cult’s 13-date European Tour starts in June, taking in a third British date at Cardiff Castle on July 4 when they play on UK soil for the first time since last year’s six-date co-headline arena tour with Alice Cooper.

The Cult join The Charlatans & Johnny Marr, Sting, Madness, James, boygenius, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, The War On Drugs, The Jacksons with Sister Sledge & The Real Thing, Embrace , The Lumineers and Ministry Of Sound Classical as the headliners for the 2023 Live At The Piece Hall season.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre welcomes Sting, Blondie, Pulp, Hollywood Vampires, N-Dubz, Olly Murs, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Grennan, Pete Tong and The Essential Orchestra Ibiza Classics and the International Tour of Mamma Mia! this summer.

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Ian Astbury: Playing Halifax and Scarborough in July