Heaven 17 announce 'Penthouse and Pavement' 30th anniversary tour for Winter 2010

Posted: 10th May 2010
Heaven 17

Sheffield electro-pop combo Heaven 17 have just announced details of a 30th anniversary tour in honour of their debut album 'Penthouse and Pavement' released in 1981.

Formed after Human League founder members Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh decided they'd had enough of the in-fighting in the Human League, the pair formed Heaven 17, along with singer Glenn Gregory, in the process cementing a strong history of cutting-edge electronic music from the former steel town (along with ABC and Human League). Penthouse and Pavement retained some of the electronic austerity started by early Human League recordings, but added a spot of funk to the mix. The album had many left-wing themes, being released as it was near the start of Maggie Thatcher's 11 year tenure as Prime Minister.

For their 30th anniversary tour, founders Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory (Ian Marsh is not currently part of the Heaven 17 mix) will be joined by six-piece band, bringing to life songs the songs of Penthouse and Pavement, which will be reissued as a luxury edition in the Autumn just prior to the tour.

The tour opens in November in Edinburgh at the HMV Picture House on 22nd, going on to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Brighton and finally Bristol on 1st December - yes, that's correct - no Sheffield date yet! Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10AM priced at £20 regionally, £22.50 for London.

Daniel O'Connell