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Heaven 17 playing NYC and LA in September (first-ever U.S. shows)

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In search of more meaningful dance music, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh abandoned the about-to-be-enormous Human League in 1980 to form the more experimental (musically and structurally) British Electric Foundation. The core members — Marsh, Ware and singer Glenn Gregory — also work as Heaven 17, a “division” of B.E.F. Confused? While Heaven 17 is geared for dance funk’n’soul, the short-lived B.E.F. pursued conceptual one-offs with a variety of people, like the TV dance troupe Hot Gossip. – [Trouser Press]

UK new wave/synthpop vets Heaven 17, who splintered off from The Human League in 1980, have just announced NYC and Los Angeles shows, which they say are their first ever in the States. The band, which is now a duo of Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory, are coming over in September for Los Angeles’ Music Tastes Good Festival. Before that they’ll stop in NYC to play Highline Ballroom on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, August 16 at noon.

While never big in the States, Heaven 17 had a string of hit singles in the UK, including their classic debut single “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang,” as well as “Temptation,” “Come Live with Me” and “Crushed by the Wheels of Industry.” They have dates in the UK with fellow ’80s synthpoppers Blancmange — are dates are listed, along with a few classic videos, below.

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Heaven 17 – 2017 Tour Dates
Sept. 27: Highline Ballroom, New York City, NY, USA
Sept. 30: Music Tastes Good Festival, Long Beach, CA, USA
Nov. 10: Foundry, Sheffield, UK
Nov. 11: Hangar 34, Liverpool, UK
Nov. 17: Welly, Hull, UK
Nov. 18: Academy 2, Manchester, UK
Nov. 24: The Copper Rooms, Coventry, UK
Nov. 25: Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Dec. 2: ULU, London, UK *

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