One of the biggest highlights at this year’s Rewind South is the debut of the British Electric Foundation. B.E.F. is the brainchild of Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware, and will showcase a unique and dazzling performance featuring a raft of legendary pop artists.
Martyn has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves, plus cover versions in the inimitable B.E.F. electronic pop style featuring Robin Scott (M), Thomas Dolby, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction), Peter Hook (New Order), Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes), and Heaven 17’s lead singer, Glenn Gregory.
This one-off 80’s themed electronic extravaganza promises to be a hit-packed highlight of the entire weekend. Don’t miss it!
Well, 2014 has been a joy and a success for Heaven 17, and it looks like 2015 is going to be our busiest year yet! Here is a list of our forthcoming concerts – all confirmed – with quite a few more to come…
We look forward to seeing you all and saying hello at many of these – we’re particularly looking forward to the Jazz Café dates as we’re planning several surprises (well, we have to keep it interesting for all of us, don’t we?)
Of course, Glenn and I are continuing to work on the new album, and we have a few other surprises in store on that front also…
And BEF will be resurrected in 2015 – watch this space for an exciting announcement in January
Finally – thanks to all our loyal fans – without your encouragement we wouldn’t be able to carry on with the energy and commitment we bring to Heaven 17 – we truly believe in your ‘love energy’ (in the words of the great Angie Brown!) – we are forever in your debt…
Here are next year’s confirmed dates – lots more to be confirmed in January…Merry Christmas from M&G and all at H17HQ xx
6 Paisley, Town Hall
7 St Albans, Alban Arena
10 Wakefield,Warehouse 23
11 Barrow in Furness, Forum
17 London, Jazz Cafe
18 London, Jazz Cafe
22 Brighton, Concorde 2
29 Norwich, Waterfront
30 Warwick, The Cooper Rooms
5 Oxford, O2
6 Wrexham, William Aston Hall
19 Hebden, The Trades Club
20 Leeds, Let’s Rock Leeds
27 Grasssington Festival, with ABC
10 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
11 Southampton, Let’s Rock Southampton
2 London, Garage
31 Manchester, Academy
Then Dracula (or Martyn Ware, if you like.) stepped onto the stage.
Holy shit, the crowd went mental.
Heaven 17 blew me away. And that’s no easy feat – this was seriously hard hitting stuff. With three lovely ladies providing pretty damn stunning choral vocals, a mass of atmosphere and a performance that went above and beyond their studio material, this is a band that lived and breathed what the weekend stood for. All in some sort of spooky get up – Joker style make up, the aforementioned count, black dresses and face paint, Halloween truly was the order of the night. Glenn Gregory’s vocals are still perfectly in check, and such was their draw that to reach the entrance to the hall was now rendered impossible.
What was a crowd loosely scattered across the venue was now a crowd throwing itself forward at this group of 1980s rowdies providing some of the finest I’ve ever seen on the Pavilion stage. Not a single negative mark here – their performance was thorough, full in volume and breadth and, perhaps most importantly, chock full of communication and humour that made every member of the audience feel comfortable and at home watching the group play – whether young or old. Despite being one of the more established groups performing this weekend, we got firm introductions and even discussion and a little bit of history. This is a serious asset to any live performance, and 17 flourished on getting the crowd – and every person on stage – involved. We even got a cheeky cover of a Human League track. That’ll do for me, lads!
This is evidently a band that have mastered themselves over their career – to the point that their studio material seems rather pale in comparison. The group surprised, entertained and left me utterly amazed as they stepped proudly off of the stage, capes flapping in the wind.
This is not a group of old boys, and they’re far from irrelevant, either. They’re smart, they’re loaded with satire and commentary on the background they were born from and they sound absolutely fantastic. It’s a sheer spectacle to see such a large group of people work to such an inimitable standard.
If you get a chance to see these chaps performing? Stalk them. Stalk them to the ends of the Earth – they’re bloody brilliant.