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Erasure’s Andy Bell chats to Phoenix


25 Million plus album sales and a pedigree of hits as long as your arm. Andy Bell has certainly been busy.

Torsten In Queereteria is the third solo album by Andy Bell (Erasure) performing as alter-ego Torsten, a semi-immortal polysexual who is destined to love many, lose many and be haunted by bittersweet memories, due to his unnaturally elongated life. The album is released on 12th April through Cherry Red Records. It’s a role Andy first took up at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in 2014 in ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’ and a role reprised by him in the critically acclaimed 2016 follow up, ‘Torsten The Beautiful Libertine’, which enjoyed a sell-out 4 week run at London’s ‘Above The Stag’ Theatre.

Andy Bell stars in “Queereteria TV”, at Above The Stag Theatre details: http://www.abovethestag.com/vxl/ from 10th April to 28th April. This is a musical comedy set in a post apocalypse Britain where three egotistical misfits attempt to reinstate live TV transmissions from the infamous ‘Queereteria’ cruising club. Also stars Peter Straker (Hair, Ken Hill’s Original Phantom Of The Opera, Doctor Who) alongside the other two members of ‘Andy Bell is Torsten’ collective, Barney Ashton-Bullock and Christopher Frost.
Tickets available from: http://www.abovethestag.com/vxl/whatson/torsten/

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