Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Heaven 17 have rescheduled their UK tour to November 2021. Heaven 17 will be performing their much-loved greatest hits and highlights from the last 40 (+1) years. All original tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
Hailing from Sheffield, Synth Pop Masters Heaven 17 are one of the most important British post-punk bands. 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. It became an undoubtable pop masterpiece.
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.
Subsequent years included albums ‘Pleasure One’, ‘Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho’ before a hiatus ensued until 1996 where they burst back onto the airwaves with huge dance smash ‘Hands Up To Heaven’. Featuring singers Rachel Meadows and Kelly Barnes together with keyboardist Flo Sabeva as part of the live band; Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.
Martyn Ware said “Glenn and I are thrilled to confirm the new dates for the rescheduled 40th anniversary tour. We have been chomping at the bit to show you what we’ve been passionately working on, and now we are more certain than ever that the wait will have been worth it. Bring it on!”
Fri 05 Nov 2021 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 06 Nov 2021 Bristol O2 Academy
Sun 07 Nov 2021 Manchester Albert Hall
Fri 12 Nov 2021 Birmingham O2 Institute
Sat 13 Nov 2021 Sheffield O2 Academy
Fri 19 Nov 2021 Bournemouth O2 Academy
Sat 20 Nov 2021 Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
Thu 25 Nov 2021 Glasgow O2 Academy
Fri 26 Nov 2021 Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 27 Nov 2021 Cardiff Tramshed
Heaven 17’s special anniversary dates of Reproduction and Travelogue will also be taking place this September. All tickets remain valid.
Sat 04 Sept 2021 Sheffield City Hall
Sun 05 Sept 2021 London Roundhouse