Spandau Ballet Announce World Tour On Board HMS Belfast

One of the most successful and influential British bands of all time announced their return and world tour dates aboard HMS Belfast on Wednesday 25th March 2009.

Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman made the announcement aboard the HMS Belfast, the world famous British battleship on the banks of the River Thames and the scene of a legendary and notorious Spandau gig in 1979, from which they first set off on their global adventures.

With stunning views across London towards the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the five members of Spandau Ballet held their press photo call in front of the big guns on board HMS Belfast. Spandau Ballet welcomed the press on board HMS Belfast to announce the first dates of their world tour. Seamus Curran, General Manager, for Sodexo Prestige HMS Belfast, operating events on board, said, "While this time round, the band ate drank and generally made merry, it was very different from their infamous first visit to HMS Belfast, almost 30 years ago, when they blew the electrics and the party brought mayhem to this historic naval vessel! It was a pleasure and honour to work so closely with Spandau Ballet on this, their second event on HMS Belfast. To be a part of their reunion is something Sodexo Prestige can be proud of."

With 25 million record sales, 6 multi platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reformations of the decade.

Permanently moored on the River Thames in the heart of London HMS Belfast is arguably one of the best summer party venues in London. After such success last year, barbecues will again be held on the open boat deck to delight up to 350 guests.

HMS Belfast was launched in March 1938 and served throughout the Second World War, playing a leading role in the Battle of North Cape and in the Normandy Landings. She later supported UN forces in Korea and remained in service until 1965. In 1971 she was saved for the nation as a unique reminder of Britain's Naval Heritage and is the only surviving example of the great fleets of big gun armoured warships built for the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century.

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