Heaven 17 announce 2020 tour including Liverpool date

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Heaven 17 return to the stage and Getintothis’ Banjo is ready for another lively show.

Heaven 17 are not a band who like to take it easy and are hitting the road again in 2020 to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

This will be the second time the band have played Liverpool in the last 3 years, impressively, the 4th time singer Glenn Gregory has played here in the same time.

We last saw Gregory in Liverpool last March with Afterhere, again in February with Holy Holy and also in November 2018 with Heaven 17.

In an interview with Getintothis, he said of this work ethic ‘I like it, it’s what I do.  I don’t really have any hobbies, I don’t play golf or anything, I don’t have a TV and this is what I love doing

Heaven 17 will be performing a greatest hits set, playing a selection of material from across their four decades.

The band started in Sheffield and became one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands to emerge from the post punk synth scene.

Taking their name from the Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange, Heaven 17 grew out of the experimental production outfit the British Electric Foundation, itself an offshoot of synth pop titans Human League.

Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left Human League, recruited their friend Gregory as their vocalist and Heaven 17 was born.

Their critically acclaimed album Penthouse and Pavement followed the same year.

Glenn Gregory interview: Heaven 17, Liverpool audiences and not having a TV

Second album The Luxury Gap provided their breakthrough, with lead single Temptation becoming one of the 80s defining songs.

Now down to a core of Ware and Gregory, Heaven 17 are supplemented by Berenice Scott and singers Kelly Barnes and Rachel Moslef and have become a superb live band and a huge draw on the gig circuit.

Their last show at The Academy saw an appreciative audience the like of which we seldom see, with a sold out crowd singling along to even their more obscure gems.

Their upcoming Liverpool is also likely to sell out quickly when tickets go on sale on Friday 18th October.

Full Heaven 17 2020 tour dates are:

  • November 20    Sheffield O2 Academy
  • November 21 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
  • November 27 Bournemouth O2 Academy
  • November 28 Cardiff Tramshed
  • December 4 Bristol O2 Academy
  • December 5 Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
  • December 11 Liverpool O2 Academy
  • December 12 Glasgow O2 Academy
  • December 18 Manchester Albert Hall
  • December 19 Birmingham O2 Institute

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