11th July 2023 0 By John Deaux
Focus return to the UK, in November 2023, with their THE HOCUS POCUS TOUR 2023-24.  Fresh from the studio, where they are recording their eagerly-awaited new album, they will traverse Britain to give their loyal fans what they always want Рa good time and timeless music.
Featuring Thijs Van Leer (Keyboards, flute, vocals), Pierre Van Der Linden (drums, percussion), Menno Gootjes (guitar) and Udo Pannekeet (bass), Focus has 14 dates scheduled at some of their favorite venues ‚Äď and a few new ones, too.


Focus has so many highlights from their glorious 50-plus years including Polydor having to close their record pressing plant to other bands for ten days to meet the demand for Focus records; being a favorite of Bob Harris on The Old Grey Whistle Test and holding simultaneous top ten positions in the UK in both singles and albums charts. Through the decades, Focus remained relevant, their music entertaining live audiences, spearheading advertising campaigns [including the Nike South Africa World Cup TV spot] and Hollywood films [including Baby Driver and Troll movie).


A new Focus era arrived, in 2019, bringing with it a rejuvenated passion amongst the band. Focus released Focus 11, their first studio album for 6 years, complete with brand new Roger Dean artwork. The year was then spent touring from South America to Japan – and everywhere in between – in support of the new album.


With the dawn of 2020 came the 50th anniversary of the formation of Focus. Unfortunately, celebrations had to be put on hold due to global events. 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the album Moving Waves (1971). The album featured the iconic track Hocus Pocus and following a live performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in late 1972, a re-recorded Hocus Pocus would reach #20 in the UK singles chart in February 1973, the same week that Sylvia peaked at #4. Moving Waves hit #2 in the UK albums chart in March 1973 as the Focus live tour took the UK by storm.  Hocus Pocus reached number 2 in the USA.


2021 saw the release of the deluxe anniversary boxset Focus50 featuring Blu-ray and CD of the Live In Rio concert and a studio re-record of all of the Focus numbers. Focus returned to touring in 2022 and the band was delighted to be performing, once again, their classics such as Hocus Pocus, Sylvia, and House Of The King together with some of the Focus numbers also making an appearance!


Holding a unique place in the hearts of music fans everywhere, Britain also holds a special place in the hearts of Focus, having toured here regularly through their 50-plus years and so the band are looking forward to their visit later in the year.


‚ÄúSome shocking news!‚ÄĚ declares Focus founder and guiding light Thijs Van Leer. ‚ÄúFocus will be touring the U.K. in November!!‚ÄĚ he laughs and then, with deep sincerity: ‚ÄúWe always feel welcome, here,¬†we always feel AT HOME!!! Thanx!‚ÄĚ




Thursday 9 November        Derby                         Flowerpot
Friday 10 November            Fletching                    Trading Boundaries
Saturday 11 November       Great Yarmouth       HRH Festival
Sunday 12 November         London                       Bush Hall
Tuesday 14 November       Chiselhurst                Beaverwood
Thursday 16 November      Bristol                         The Fleece
Friday 17 November            Howden                     Howden Shire Hall
Saturday 18 November       Tunbridge Wells       The Forum
Sunday 19 November         Sale                            Waterside Arts
Tuesday 21 November       Blackpool                   Waterloo Music Bar
Wednesday 22 November  Kinross                       Kinross Green Hotel
Thursday 23 November      Galashiels                 Galashiels Mac Arts
Friday 24 November            Troon                          Winterstorm Troon Concert Hall
Sunday 26 November         Southampton            1865 Club
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Focus are: Thijs van Leer РHammond organ, flute, and vocals
Pierre van der Linden Рdrums
Menno Gootjes Рguitar Udo Pannekeet Рbass

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