Tigers set to burn bright in ‘exclusive’

Tiger Lillies. Picture by Andrey Kezzyn
Tiger Lillies. Picture by Andrey Kezzyn

Internationally renowned musical provocateurs The Tiger Lillies are performing a one off greatest hits set for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

The trio have just finished a sell-out world tour of their latest opera ‘Lulu: A Murder Ballet’ and are doing a UK exclusive show they have dubbed ‘The Very Worst of The Tiger Lillies’ on Friday, July 4, writes Paul Clarke.

Arts Festival director Helen Meller said: “I first saw The Tiger Lillies in the King’s Head in Islington in the 90s and have been a massive fan ever since. Anyone who has ever heard singer Martyn Jacques’ eerie falsetto will tell you they are an incredible live act and to have them playing here in Hebden is a massive coup.”

They first burst onto the scene in 2002 when their cult musical Shockheaded Peter was nominated for five Olivier Awards. They picked up an Olivier for Best Entertainment and Jacques took home the gong for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Entertainment. Since they then have created an idiosyncratic world described as ‘Brechtian Punk Cabaret’ recording 34 albums and over 600 songs. Their music is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music and runs the gamut of human experience.

Helen said: “There is going to be huge regional and national interest in this unique show, but as always we going to sell tickets to local festival goers first at a pop up in the Town Hall on Saturday, May 3.”