Shalamar - the Greatest Hits Tour

Event Date: Fri 24 May 2024

Back to the Autumn of 1982, The Hottest concert was not for any of the New Romantic bands currently appearing in the charts but for SHALAMAR , the soul disco band put together by Solar Records head man Dick Griffey who had earlier in the year released the ‘Friends’ album in the UK.

The ‘Friends’ album delivered 4 Top 10 hit singles – Night to Remember , There It is , Friends and I can make you feel good - but more importantly a dance craze – never seen before in the UK by group member Jeffrey Daniel - exploding after a single solo performance on Top of The Pops – The Moon walk had taken the nation by storm

A sold out UK Tour – including 9 London shows alone!! – culminating in a final show at Wembley Arena saw the band emerge as the ‘hottest ticket’ in town!

Over the years the fashions and era of soul and dance music have evolved – but as Daryl Easlea puts in his review below - And, for people of a certain age, it is almost impossible not to lift your right elbow up in a herky-jerky motion when you hear Ernest ‘Pepper’ Reed’s guitar introduction of A Night to Remember. Lovely.

Since then the band has evolved and in 2003 saw the daughter of Solar Records Founder Dick Griffey join the band as the female lead vocalist. Carolyn Griffey now fronts the band alongside original members Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel – from the classic 1982 line up.

The trio have toured the UK several times since the turn of the century and unlike some bands from the era who find themselves playing to smaller venues on each subsequent tour - are now playing venues of comparable size to their 1982 tour – backed by a solid 7 piece band they are guaranteed crowd pleasers and headliners at many Summer Festivals. Indeed it’s been known on more than one occasion for a ‘bigger’ band to insist going on stage before Shalamar – as they are a hard act to follow. As Jeffrey Daniel says ‘ A Shalamar concert is not a band playing to an audience – it’s a band and an audience having a party together, from the first song people are up off their seats having a good time’

The Greatest Hits Tour comes to Bournemouth in 2024.


  • Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion
  • Westover Road
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • BH1 2BU

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