Will Young will be visiting HMV Manchester on Mon 25th May – 4pm to sign copies of ‘85% Proof’, his first album in four years. Two hundred wristbands for access to the event are available from HMV Manchester Arndale with preorder or purchase of the album.

Returning to music after an Olivier nominated role in the Westend production of ‘Cabaret’, Will Young releases his eagerly anticipated new album ‘85% Proof’. Produced by Jim Eliot (Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue), the album was inspired by a 16th century test for alcohol content involving gunpowder.

Sailors were paid in rum at the time and discovered that if the gunpowder and rum mixture ignited the drink was more than 50% proof. Will explains “I think the songs are very honest and bold, and I think it needed a bold title. I hate doing album titles. I’ve always picked my own, and they always sound like self-help books.” ‘85% Proof’ is Will’s first album with new label Island Records following his departure from Sony.