The Luxury Gap widens - Heaven 17 and B.E.F. double-bill announced for the Roundhouse, October 2011 - £10 tickets available!

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The ongoing '80s steam-roller continues unabated with news of another eye-catching and mouth-watering London show, featuring two acts very much from the electro-pop stable.

Heaven 17 and their occasional and very ad-hoc side-project, B.E.F. (or British Electric Foundation, to give it its full name), will appear as part of a two-day mini-festival to be hosted by the Roundhouse in the autumn. First up, on 14th October, is the live premiere of the entire "Luxury Gap" album by Heaven 17, while on the following night, you can witness brand new material from B.E.F. under the banner, "Music Of Quality And Distinction Live". Guest singers for the 15th include La Roux, Boy George, Sandie Shaw and Midge Ure.

"Luxury Gap" was the Sheffield trio's second album and was issued in 1983, turning out to be their most globally successful album. Gone were the openly political lyrics from the first album (to a degree) and in came rather more emotive songs such as the massive hit "Temptation", the lesser-known follow-up, "Come Live With Me" and the vastly-underrated "Let Me Go". For this premiere, some 28 years after its issue, you'll hear the whole set in 3D sound with visuals created by member Martyn Ware.

B.E.F. wasn't a band as such, but more of a production unit comprised of Ware and ex-H17 member (he left in 2007) Ian Craig-Marsh. They released a cassette-only album called "Music For Stowaways", a rather over-looked, but influential, collection of ambient and electronic soundscapes that pre-empts Sheffield's future synth artists on the city's Warp label by some 10 years.

However, they moved into pop sounds with the series of albums entitled, "Music Of Quality and Distinction", the first volume of which enlisted the tonsil-talents of Tina Turner, Sandie Shaw and many others (we'll forgive Gary Glitter's inclusion - this was 1985/6, after all). Another less-enticing volume followed in 1991, although "Family Affair" with Lalah Hathaway was a minor success. The 3rd volume is set for release later in the year - subtitled "Dark", volume 3 will feature moody interpretations of classic standards with more guests. Should be a good 'un!

Ticket Update and Special Offer

We currently have a very limited number of £10 tickets to see the Roundhouse Heaven 17 show on the 14th Oct or the B.E.F. event at the same venue on the 15th Oct - click on either of the £10 Heaven 17 or £10 B.E.F buttons, below. Remember to enter the offer code, TMDEAL in the "Ticketdeals Partner Offer" box. If you wish to attend both shows, you will need to purchase these separately - but, availability permitting, you could attend both shows for £20 (plus fees)!

  • £10 Heaven 17
  • £10 B.E.F

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