ARTSBEAT MUSIC: Heaven 17 rose to prominence in the 80s, out of ashes of the first Human League line–up when keyboardists Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left the band and joined together with vocalist Glen Gregory.
The group released their debut album – Penthouse and Pavement (initially banned by the BBC) in 1981, which mixed the art-school electronics with which they had made their name, lush funk arrangements and overtly left-wing political lyrics.
Penthouse and Pavement was followed by the hugely successful album The Luxury Gap in 1983, featuring the hit singles Temptation, Come Live With Me, Crushed by the Wheels of Industry and Let Me Go and further success followed with tracks including This Is Mine and Sunset Now.
In recent years Heaven 17 has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with sell-out tours across the UK.
Their core line-up of Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory augmented by the soaring backing vocals of Billie Godfrey has enabled the group to finally recreate the studio-based sounds of their albums on the live stage.
Heaven 17 are making a second appearance at Buxton Opera House’s Four Four Time Festival of Live Music next week after a massive hit concert in 2011.
This year’s show will see the band present The Luxury Gap in its entirety, as well as many of their greatest hits.
It takes place at Buxton Opera House on Thursday February 21 at 7.30pm.
Tickets for Heaven 17 – The Luxury Gap are priced at £20 & £22 and discounts are available.
To buy tickets call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.