PAUL Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have confirmed a huge show at St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium for next summer.

The former Beautiful South pair will play Saints' home ground on Friday, July 22 2022 with special guests, The Proclaimers and Wigan indie band The Lathums.

The show is a special hometown appearance for Jacqui who was born and bred in St Helens before joining The Beautiful South in 1994.

The duo's fourth studio album Manchester Calling, which was released in March 2020, entered the UK official album chart at number one, making it Paul and Jacqui's first number one album, although as members of the Beautiful South they reached the top slot in the albums chart three times, with Carry On Up The Charts: The Best Of (1994), Blue Is The Colour (1996), and Quench (1998).

Wirral-born Paul, is one of the UK’s most consistently successful songwriters with some 15 million album sales under his belt.

He first came to the public;s attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins, best known for their hit single Happy Hour and their UK number one, Caravan Of Love.

In 1988, he formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums with Jacqui singing on the likes of Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream.

Tickets priced at £35 go on sale at 9:30am on Friday, November 26 from and Ticketmaster.

Read Thursday's St Helens Star for an exclusive interview with Jacqui Abbott.