Wednesday, 29 June 2016

@Heaven17BEF come to @sage_gateshead on 24th October (see the rest of the tour here too)






With the votes now in and a career-affirming title now crowning their legacy, Sheffield's Greatest Band of All Time : HEAVEN 17  and B.E.F. will be providing a just reminder of their glittering achievements this autumn as they electronically revisit their magnum opus: ‘Penthouse & Pavement’, at a series of UK shows. 

Thirty-five years since the release of their landmark debut album, Messrs Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware will be commemorating the record that launched their sensational career by performing a brand new electronic version of ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ live and in full.

Part two of each show will also feature a live set from B.E.F. (British Electric Foundation) who embark on what will be their first ever live tour.

Founded in 1980 and masterminded by Heaven 17’s own Martyn Ware, the production company were renowned for their innovative collaborations with some of pop music’s brightest stars of the period. In 2016, B.E.F. will be enlisting the talents of Mari Wilson, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Peter Hooton (The Farm), and of course Glenn Gregory to present a very special set featuring brand new arrangements of songs familiar and unexpected from the B.E.F. back catalogue, plus some surprise songs to be exclusively unveiled at the shows.

Taking place throughout October, the tour will see Heaven 17 and B.E.F. take to the stage to deliver consecutive sets at a run of dates that begin at Liverpool’s O2 Academy (20th) and conclude up at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (30th). (See full dates below for details.)

Expressing his delight at being a part of the B.E.F. shows for the first time, Glenn Gregory said:

“Having worked with Martyn for so many wonderful years as Heaven 17, performing with BEF is like finally getting the golden key to the executive toilet.”

Outlining his expectations and anticipations of the forthcoming tour, B.E.F founder Martyn Ware said:

“What an honour it is to have such talented and iconic artists performing on our first-ever live BEF tour. Over the last 35 years, BEF has worked with some of the most famous singers on earth, and for our fantastic shows this October, Glen Matlock, Peter Hooton and Mari Wilson will each be performing one of their most famous songs, together with surprising cover versions done in the unique BEF electronic style. Add to that the inimitable Glenn Gregory (I’m sure I’ve heard that name somewhere), and the 35th anniversary performance of new electronic arrangements of ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ and you have our greatest live show ever’”.

Formed in 1980 as Martyn Ware departed Sheffield synth icons The Human League only to find a kindred musical mind in Glenn Gregory, together as Heaven 17 the pair set about writing and recording the songs that would become their debut album ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ released only a year later.  In letting the BBC-banned debut single “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” lead their anti-establishment charge, the band made clear their intentions to break away from their synth-pop contemporaries on their first outing.  Follow-up singles “I’m Your Money”, “Play To Win”, “Penthouse and Pavement” and “The Height of the Fighting (He-La-Hu)” would propel the long-player to No. 14 in the UK charts and a Gold Disc Certification after a 77-week residency inside the Top 100.  Now recognised universally as one of the most vital albums to emerge from the New Wave movement in British electronica, ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ has since been included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In 1982, Martyn Ware released the first studio album under the B.E.F. moniker: ‘Music of Quality and Distinction Volume 1’. an album of covers that he and partner Ian Craig Marsh had grown up listening to, the album featured an all-star cast of guest appearances including Paula Yates, Billy MacKenzie, Glenn Gregory, Sandie Shaw and most notably Top 10 Hit “Ball of Confusion” a cover of the infamous track by The Temptations, as sung with powerhouse vocals from Tina Turner. 


Thurs 20 October - Liverpool O2 Academy

Fri 21 October - Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 23 October - Glasgow O2 ABC

Mon 24 October - Gateshead Sage

Tues 25 October - Sheffield City Hall

Wed 26 October - Manchester O2 Ritz

Fri 28 October - Bury St Edmunds Apex–british-electric-foundation

Sat 29 October - Basingstoke Anvil 

Sun 30 October - London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

[* NB also available are special VIP packages limited to 30 per venue including best seats, meet and greet with photo opportunity and a signed poster. ]


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

#m2tm @bloodstockfest gains two #northeast metal bands for its lineup ..the winners are:

Two Local Rock Bands Earn The Right
 to Play Bloodstock Festival

Over the last few months local rock and metal bands have been competing in the Metal 2 The Masses “battle of the bands” style heats at Newcastle’s Trillians Rock Bar. Last weekend the final was hosted at The Cluny and not one but two bands were chosen to play Bloodstock. They will be joining legendary local black metal innovators Venom at the festival making it a hat-trick of northeast bands entertaining people from all over the world. Bloodstock is the largest independent heavy metal festival in the UK with up to 15,000 attendees. The festival started in 2005 with only 700 people, an example of careful but ambitious growth. The size of the crowd at the Cluny reflected the enthusiasm for metal that seems to be experienced a rebirth in the Northeast.
The overall winner of the final, chosen by Bloodstock’s Simon Hall, was The Souls of Jack Ketch: angy brutal metal with fearsome vocals and yet a really friendly band who really entertain the audience.  "Success is not normally something discussed in the band, as our goal is to just get out there, play live and enjoy it." vocalist Iain said, "Our goal was to reach the final. We thought if we could do that then we're up there with the best of the local bands. To actually reach the final and then win just simply blew us away." They will get to play the New Blood Stage. 
Souls of Jack Ketch

There was such a great selection of bands that Simon decided to choose a second band, Dirty King who wowed the audience with their gritty blues flavoured doom. Dirty King won a slot on the Jaegermeister Stage. "We can't believe we're playing Bloodstock, and are flattered and amazed. ", said the band.
Dirty King
The standard was seriously high and it must have been a difficult choice. The passion and skill shown by Arcite, Hellion Rising and I’ll Play The Villain, cannot be denied and they all deserve success to have got this far through the process. 

Kevin Morris of RFTK Promotions said “We are really chuffed to see two great bands going to Bloodstock. We genuinely felt the quality of bands in the competition was high and in the final it was very, very close. We thank  everyone who came down to support the bands, whether in just one show or multiple, thanks for getting behind this and hopefully we will do it again next year.”

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