Local 80s music fans are set for another retro treat

After dancing the night away at T-Live’s 80s party in Telford Town Park at the end of August, 80s music fans are set for another retro treat when Heaven 17, Blancmange and Big Country come to Telford.

Local 80s music fans are set for another retro treat

Two of the UK’s most original and experimental synthesiser bands, Blancmange and Heaven 17 will be bringing their unique sound to Oakengates Theatre @ The Place as part of a national Tour of Synthetic Delights on Saturday 8 November.

After splitting from The Human League, Martyn Ware formed Heaven 17, which was fronted by the enigmatic Glenn Gregory. The synthpop duo, who are originally from Sheffield, reached number two in the UK charts in 1983 with the classic hit ‘Temptation’ from their album ‘The Luxury Gap’.

The electro-pop pairing of Blancmange had seven top 40 hits and two top 40 albums between 1982 and 1985 and have recently recorded a new studio album which is due to be released in early 2015.

Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory said: “We are so excited to be going on tour with such a fantastic band. These will be very special nights of synthetic delights. Heaven 17 and Blancmange are a match made in Heaven... which is better than a match made in Blancmange (I think). The fans are going to have a night to remember.”

Heaven 17 and Blancmange will be bringing their Tour of Synthetic Delights to Telford’s Oakengates Theatre at 8pm on Saturday 8 November. Tickets are £19.50, with a special group offer – buy five tickets, get the sixth free.

Keeping the 80s vibe going into autumn, Big Country will be bringing their Steeltown 30 years anniversary tour to Oakengates Theatre at 7.30pm on Thursday 13 November.

The band will be performing songs from their classic multi-million selling album Steeltown, which went straight to number one in the UK album charts when it was released in 1984. Their success continued into the 90s when they supported the Rolling Stones on two tours, promoting Mick to say that Big Country were “one of the best opening bands we ever had”.

Big Country’s Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki, Jamie Watson and former Simple Minds bassist/vocalist Derek Forbes, will be joined on stage by Simon Hough for the Steeltown 30 years anniversary tour. Together they will perform hits from their stirring back catalogue including Fields of Fire, In A Big Country, Look Away, Harvest Home, Chance and Wonderland.

Tickets to see Big Country are £20 with a special group offer – buy five tickets, get the sixth free.

Tickets for both shows are available from Oakengates Theatre @ The Place box office on 01952 382382, online on The Place website or by booking in person at the theatre.