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Heaven 17 celebrate 40 years of Heaven 17 with 2020 UK tour

Heaven 17

Story by Jack Foley

HEAVEN 17 are to perform their much-loved greatest hits and highlights from the last 40 years across the UK throughout November and December 2020.

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 the electro-pop outfit Human League.

In 1981, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left the Human League, recruited vocalist Glenn Gregory and Heaven 17 was born. A critically acclaimed album, Penthouse and Pavement, followed the same year.

Heaven 17’s 2nd album, The Luxury Gap in 1983, was the moment when everything just clicked into place to overwhelming effect.

Heaven 17 convinced their sceptical record company that Temptation had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure stormed the charts and remains a momentous classic to this day.

Heaven 17 are now a collective between Ware and Gregory with synth player Berenice Scott and soul singers Kelly Barnes and Rachel Mosleh.

Martyn Ware said: “All of us at H17 HQ are thrilled to announce our forthcoming 40th anniversary celebration tour. Don’t miss it!”

The band will be covering 10 dates next winter. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 18 at 10am.

The tour dates are (all November and December 2020)

November 2020
20 – Sheffield O2 Academy
21 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
27 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
28 – Cardiff Tramshed

December 2020
4 – Bristol O2 Academy
5 – Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
11 – Liverpool O2 Academy
12 – Glasgow O2 Academy
18 – Manchester Albert Hall
19 – Birmingham O2 Institute