Midge Ure at Cropredy Convention 2008
At the end of the 1970s momentous change was afoot in Britain and the world – at the heart of this seismic leap into a futuristic new dawn were two records that set the template for much of what was to follow. Visage’s single ‘Fade To Grey’ from the band’s debut eponymous album and Ultravox’s single ‘Vienna’ from the album of the same name were global hits that shared the same stark ambience, European aesthetic and electronic heart. Both records were co-written, recorded and produced by one of the leading characters in British music, Midge Ure, and not only transformed the charts around the globe but his life in the process.
“Autumn 1979 was a pivotal point in my career trajectory,” Midge Ure explains. “Over the course of autumn into winter 1979, while working on the Visage project with Billy Currie, I was invited to join Ultravox. Forty years later I want to celebrate this period and as we pass from 2019 into 2020 play the ‘Vienna’ album in its entirety along with highlights from the eponymous ‘Visage’ album.”
Both ‘Vienna’ and ‘Visage’ were the sound of the future and yet they still sound unearthly, romantic, impossibly beautiful and full of promise. The 1980 Tour is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the ‘Vienna’ album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live. The music will be performed in a stage setting designed to reflect the atmosphere and ambience the albums deserve.
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MIDGE URE & BAND ELECTRONICA – THE 1980 TOUR
Sunday 6th – Norwich, Theatre Royal
Monday 7th – Birmingham, Town Hall
Tuesday 8th – Leicester, De Montford Hall
Thursday 10th – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Friday 11th – Cardiff, Tramshed
Saturday 12th – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
Sunday 13th – Glasgow, Barrowlands
Tuesday 15th – Guildford, G-Live
Wednesday 16th – Leamington, Assembly
Friday 18th – London, Palladium
Saturday 19th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 20th – Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Monday 21st – York, Grand Opera House
Tuesday 22nd – Gateshead, Sage
Friday 25th – Manchester, Albert Hall
Saturday 26th – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
Monday 28th – Belfast, Ulster Hall
Tuesday 29th – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
Friday 14th – Poole, Lighthouse
Saturday 15th – Bath, Forum
Sunday 16th – Blackpool, Grand Theatre
Monday 17th – Northampton, Royal & Derngate
Friday 21st – Birmingham, Town Hall
Saturday 22nd – Brighton, Theatre Royal
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