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Culture Club



UK pop insitution behind Karma Chamaleon and Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Singer-songwriter Boy George joined bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss to form a band called In Praise Of Lemmings in 1981. Within a year, they had changed their name to Culture Club, added Roy Hay on guitar and keyboards, and released three singles including the reggae-influenced Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. It went straight to No.1 on charts all over the world, quickly putting them on course to become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s.

At the end of 1982, Culture Club released their first full-length album Kissing To Be Clever, which featured those singles along with the huge hits Time (Clock Of The Heart) and I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.

Three more albums followed – 1983’s Colour By Numbers, 1984’s Waking Up With The House On Fire and 1986’s From Luxury To Heartache – before the new wave band’s dissolution in late 1986. They contained numerous chart-toppers including Karma Chameleon, Church Of The Poison Mind, Victims, The War Song and It’s A Miracle.

To date, Culture Club have sold more than 150 million records worldwide. As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay frontman known for his glamorous androgynous style, they broke stereotypes and challenged norms while establishing themselves as icons of British musical history and popular culture. Culture Club also won numerous awards including three BRITs for Best British Breakthrough Act, Best British Group and Best British Single (for Karma Chameleon), one Grammy for Best New Artist and two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Pop Song and Best Selling A-Side (both also for Karma Chameleon). Their song Time (Clock Of The Heart) was named No.107 on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll.

Culture Club have reunited for several performances and projects since splitting up. After about 12 years, they got back together and released the 1999 album Don’t Mind If I Do before calling it quits again in 2002. They also returned in 2018 with their sixth studio album Life – containing their first original material in nearly 20 years – and went out on a huge tour to support it.

Culture Club performed a special livestream from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London called Rainbow In The Dark in December 2020.

In April 2021, Boy George & Culture Club announced a series of outdoor shows as part of the Heritage Live summer series. The concerts are set to run from 26 June – 12 August 2021 at some of England's most stunning and historic venues as well as feature an array of special guests including Bananarama, Lulu, Kim Wilde, Gabrielle and DJ Fat Tony (please note support artists vary per venue).


Boy George & Culture Club to play Heritage Live

Boy George & Culture Club to play Heritage Live

The multi-million selling group will perform a series of UK outdoor shows from 26 June – 12 August 2021 with some very special guests. Tickets go on sale from 09:00 Thursday 22 April 2021.

Culture Club announce special 2020 livestream

Culture Club announce special 2020 livestream

Boy George et al are doing an exclusive show on 19 December, livestreamed for audiences around the world.


Boy George & Culture Club have announced several outdoor UK shows from 26 June – 12 August 2021 as part of the Heritage Live concert series.

Boy George & Culture Club will be visiting some of England's most beautiful venues in summer 2021 including the following:

  • Kenwood House at Hampstead Heath, London
  • South of England Showground at Ardingly, West Sussex
  • Englefield House at Theale, Berkshire
  • Audley End at Saffron Walden, Essex

The following special guests will provide support for Boy George & Culture Club during their Heritage Live run:

  • Bananarama – at Kenwood House, Ardingly and Audley End only
  • Lulu – at all shows
  • Kim Wilde – at Englefield House and Ardingly only
  • Gabrielle – at Englefield House and Audley End only
  • DJ Fat Tony – at all shows

Tickets for Boy George & Culture Club’s Heritage Live summer concert dates go on sale from 09:00 on Thursday 22 April 2021. Presale tickets will be available 24 hours early from 09:00 on Wednesday 21 April 2021.