PLAYED ON: Monday 11 November 2013

Martyn Ware Presents HEAVEN 17


Gig info

7*30pm for Scritti Politti

8*30pm for Heaven 17

Please note these times are just for guidance and are subject to change. KOKO can not be held responsible for changes to the stage times, please arrive early to avoid disappointment

Please note this is a 18+ show.

Virgin Records, the revolutionary British record label launched by Richard Branson in 1973 celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Since its early days the label has staked its reputation on doing the unexpected and supporting the maverick, creative drive of its artists; as such it’s been home to some the most ground-breaking and influential acts of the past four decades. To celebrate this landmark year a series of live shows will take place this autumn featuring some of the most prolific names in music past and present.

Taking their name from a fictional pop group mentioned in Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange (where ‘The Heaven Seventeen’ are at number 4 in the charts with ‘Inside’), Heaven 17 formed when Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware split from their earlier group The Human League and formed production company British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.).

Like The Human League, Heaven 17 heavily used synthesizers and drum machines. Their debut single ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ from the same album attracted some attention, and was banned by the BBC because of its overtly political lyrics, but it still reached number 45 in the UK singles chart. Major chart success came with the single ‘Temptation’ (in which they were joined by the vocalist Carol Kenyon) reached number 2 in the UK charts in summer 1983.

Please note, tickets are not currently available from the venue box office, online only. Tickets for other shows are available unless stated otherwise. Please note, you may be required to have your ID scanned at the front door.

All the events to celebrate Virgin Records ‘40 years of disruptions’ will be supporting the charity 'War Child'. War Child protects children from the brutal effects of war and received the Special Recognition Award at this year’s BRIT Awards.


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