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We are pleased to announce that James Morrison will be performing live at DLWP in March!

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With two No 1 albums, five Top 10 singles, a BRIT Award and 7 million sales, James Morrison is one of the biggest success stories of his era. He’s now set for an exciting new chapter in his career with the release of his new album You’re Stronger Than You Know 8 March via Stanley Park Records.

The album is today previewed with the release of its lead single My Love Goes On.  An impassionate modern soul anthem, the conversational confessional finds Morrison’s once-in-a-generation vocals complemented by Joss Stone. Their connection goes back to when she presented him with the BRIT Award for British Male Solo Artist in 2007. The track is accompanied by an official video, which captures a beautiful performance from James and Joss in a recording studio in Chicago.

“I always love working with people, especially when they have a wicked voice like Joss,” he says. “She’s from the same musical heritage as me. I’m excited to celebrate soul music with another artist who is recognised for soul.”

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Harking back to the Stax and Motown eras that he loves, ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ is the album that James Morrison has always wanted to make. Vocally he’s never sounded better, with his honest songwriting inspiring a voice that exudes power, tenderness and experience. His band, meanwhile, hit that life-affirming sweet spot between rambunctious energy and tight musicianship.

While the album possesses some darker moments, the overriding feeling is that it offers a beacon of positivity in a climate of bad news. You wouldn’t guess that these songs emerged from such a turbulent time in his life.

Everything threatened to collapse around him as he worked on a follow-up to his 2015 set ‘Higher Than Here’. His relationship with his long-term partner Gill hit tough times and he lost his natural songwriting instinct. His previous label was pushing him to write uplifting music when he was in the pits of despair. He also wanted to stand apart from the rush of male singer-songwriters who had followed in his wake.

Writing songs with no particular end goal in mind, Morrison gradually overcame his struggles until he realised that he had some of the best material of his career – and more than enough to make an album.
It’s a collection which sees Morrison bravely digging into his emotions over the past four years. It’s particularly striking in the powerful centrepiece ‘Slowly’, in which he questions how to reignite his creativity and tackles his tumultuous upbringing with his parents.

Family is also a consistent theme throughout the record. The uplifting closing ballad ‘Until The Stars Go Out’ was written in support of his eldest daughter when she was bullied in school, while other songs – notably ‘So Beautiful’ and ‘Power’ – celebrate his love and appreciation for Gill. He wrote ‘So Beautiful’ with Gary Barlow a decade ago, but only recently discovered that the song spoke to his current feelings. And ‘Power’, a lyric from which gives the album its title, celebrates the fact that the couple have achieved so much by overcoming challenging times.

For the first time in his career, Morrison made the record with one producer (Mark Taylor) which infuses it with a cohesiveness that’s a hallmark of all of the classic albums. British Grove Studios in London provided the perfect location for recording with a balance between vintage equipment and modern technology. The core of the album was recorded within a week, before a second was spent adding the finishing touches – overdubs, backing vocals and horns.

Set to be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats, ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ is now available to pre-order, with ‘My Love Goes On’ provided as an instant download.

‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ tracklisting:

1. ‘My Love Goes On’ (featuring Joss Stone)
2. ‘Brighter Kind Of Love’
3. ‘So Beautiful’
4. ‘Feels Like The First Time’
5. ‘Glorious’
6. ‘Power’
7. ‘Slowly’
8. ‘Ruins’
9. ‘I Still Need You’
10. ‘Don’t Wanna Lose You Now’
11. ‘Cross The Line’
12. ‘Until The Stars Go Out’

Gig Menu

Why not begin your evening with a bite to eat? Buy your gig meal in advance and choose your menu options at the bar.

Mains £11.50
  • Southern Fried Chicken Burger/Avocado Mayo/Streaky Bacon/Rocket/Chips
  • Chicken And Lentil Dhansak/Pilau Rice/Poppadoms/Mango And Lime Chutney
  • Vegan Chilli/Steamed Rice/Nachos/Coconut & Lime Yogurt
  • Beer Battered Local Fish/Tartare Sauce/Chips/Crunchy Veg Salad
Sides
  • Garlic Pizza Bread £8.50

MUSIC’S NOT DEAD
Bexhill’s independent record store Music’s Not Dead will be open in the Café Bar before the show and until the start of the main act.

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1.25 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2.50 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: Free

Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be send 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following :

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    OR
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free. There is also lmiited free car parking along the seafront.
Accessibility

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on 01424 229 111 to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.