The legendary musicians Jools Holland and Marc Almond are set to perform together in Southend later this year.

Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra has announced two shows at Southend's Cliffs Pavilion on October 31 and November 1, to kick-off their 2024 Autumn/Winter tour.

This 30-date tour also includes Royal Albert Hall, Manchester, and Birmingham performances.

Almond, ex-Soft Cell singer and successful solo artist, will join Holland on most dates, excluding Bournemouth's.

Jools said: "I’m delighted to announce a truly remarkable mix of guest artists on this year's winter tour, from the boogie woogie queen of our orchestra, Ruby Turner, to the iconic songmanship of Marc Almond.

"Blues guitar prodigy Toby Lee will feature in each show as well as vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Sumudu Jayatilaka.

"I’m also proud to introduce the new dazzling voice and guitar of British blues, the extraordinary 19-year-old Toby Lee.

"Louise Marshall and Sumudu Jayatilaka will be illuminating brilliant songs old and new.

"All backed by the unique sound of my Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, the big band that will treat us to mega talented soloists and frenzy inducing rhythms.

"Please come and join us, I look forward to seeing you."

Tickets go on sale on February 2 at 10am via Ticket Master and See Tickets.