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- 05/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Shepherds Bush Empire - London Heaven 17 Nov 05 19:00Friday 19:00O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - LondonHeaven 17
- 06/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Bristol - Bristol Heaven 17 Nov 06 18:30Saturday 18:30O2 Academy Bristol - BristolHeaven 17
- 07/11/2021Find ticketsAlbert Hall - Manchester Heaven 17 Nov 07 19:00Sunday 19:00Albert Hall - ManchesterHeaven 17
- 12/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Institute Birmingham - Birmingham Heaven 17 Nov 12 18:30Friday 18:30O2 Institute Birmingham - BirminghamHeaven 17
- 13/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Sheffield - Sheffield Heaven 17 Nov 13 19:00Saturday 19:00O2 Academy Sheffield - SheffieldHeaven 17
- 19/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Bournemouth - Bournemouth Heaven 17 Nov 19 19:00Friday 19:00O2 Academy Bournemouth - BournemouthHeaven 17
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- 25/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Glasgow - Glasgow Heaven 17 Nov 25 19:00Thursday 19:00O2 Academy Glasgow - GlasgowHeaven 17
- 26/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Liverpool - Liverpool Heaven 17 Nov 26 19:00Friday 19:00O2 Academy Liverpool - LiverpoolHeaven 17
- 27/11/2021Find ticketsTramshed - Cardiff Heaven 17 Nov 27 18:30Saturday 18:30Tramshed - CardiffHeaven 17
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- 27/05/2022Find ticketsThe Picturedrome - West Yorkshire Heaven 17 May 27 2022 19:30Friday 19:30The Picturedrome - West YorkshireHeaven 17
Synth-pop group that embraced the power of politics in the post-punk era
Coming out of Sheffield in 1980, Heaven 17 were created by synth master and songwriter Martin Ware, keyboardist and composer Ian Craig Marsh, and vocalist Glen Gregory. They took their name from the fictional band in Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.
Previously, both Ware and Marsh were founding members of The Human League, writing and playing on the debut single Being Boiled as well as the group’s first two albums. After leaving because of creative differences, they launched the production company British Electric Foundation and released a cassette of instrumentals called Music For Stowaways and the record Music For Listening To before establishing their new wave and synth-pop trio.
H17’s debut album Penthouse And Pavement came out in 1981. Its melodic pop songs addressed the politics of the time, particularly Sheffield’s economic crisis following the deconstruction of the city’s steel industry under Margaret Thatcher. The track (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang famously reached No.45 on the UK singles chart, even though it was banned from public airplay.
Their follow-up The Luxury Gap arrived in 1983 and became Heaven 17’s best-selling album, charting at No.4 and spawning singles like Temptation, Come Live With Me and Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry.
The band’s next three albums – 1984’s How Men Are, 1986’s Pleasure One and 1988’s Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho – continued their signature style of juxtaposing upbeat, danceable tracks with lyrics centred around their views on everything from the arms race and nuclear war to religious extremism.
The ’90s were a quiet period for Heaven 17, as they only released one album, 1996’s Bigger Than America. Although failing to chart in the UK, it did peak at No.1 in Germany and was generally well received by critics. Primarily a studio act, in 1997 the band played their first ever live concerts.
Nearly a decade passed before H17 revealed their seventh album, 2005’s Before After, which offered a more contemporary dance sound than previous releases.
In 2006, Marsh disappeared, resurfacing in early 2007 but no longer wanting to perform with the band. From this point, Ware and Gregory continued Heaven 17, recording and performing together as a duo. They released the album Naked As Advertised in 2008 and a download-only EP entitled Not For Public Broadcast in 2017.
Heaven 17 are appearing at Rewind Festival on 6 August and WonderHall on 28 August 2021. Plus H17 are playing 40th anniversary shows from 4 September – 27 November 2021, as well as a date in West Yorkshire on 27 May 2022.
Heaven 17 are visiting the following UK cities and festivals in 2021 and 2022:
- Rewind North in Cheshire
- WonderHall in Lancashire
- West Yorkshire
Tickets for Heaven 17’s 2021 and 2022 tour dates are on sale now.