Grammy Award winners Culture Club (Best New Artist 1983) are set to perform a series of dates throughout the UK in December which will see the original line-up playing their first UK gigs in over 15 years!

They will be hitting the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Friday 5th December.

The line-up, which consists of Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and front man Boy George (vocals) will also be heading into the studio to record new material, with an album set to be released early 2015 and to be produced by Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Embrace).

Culture Club had worldwide success, becoming one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s with seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the US and nine Top 20s singles in Australia. They also had number ones in over a dozen countries and multi-platinum album sales. Amongst their phenomenal record of hits were Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Karma Chamelon, Victims and Time (Clock of the Heart) which came from their five studio albums, four of which kit the UK top ten.

Joining Culture Club will be Alison Moyet, who herself has sold over 20 million records as a soloist and half of Yazoo.

The full tour listing:

1st December – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

2nd December- Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena

4th December – Leeds – First Direct Arena

5th December – Manchester – Phones 4u Arena

6th December – Nottingham – Capital FM Arena

8th December – Liverpool – Echo Arena

9th December – London – The O2

11th December – Brighton – Brighton Centre

12th December – Birmingham – National Indoor Arena

14th December – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena

15th December – Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Centre

Tickets for Culture Club at the Manchester Phones 4u Arena go on sale 9am on Friday 23rd May priced £28.50 and £48.50 plus booking fee.