Sheffield live dates for synth pop veterans Blancmange and indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen

Eighties synth pop band Blancmange are playing the Leadmill on Friday (May 3) as part of a tour celebrating latest album Wanderlust.

By julia.armstrong1
Sunday, 28 April, 2019, 23:00
Neil Arthur of Blancmange

The album was composed by Neil Arthur and arranged, co-produced and mixed with Benge (Wrangler/Creep Show) at the latter’s Memetune Studios in Cornwall.

Wanderlust was Neil Arthur’s second album in 2018, following his collaboration with electronic solo artist Jez Bernholz on Near Future’s debut album Ideal Home in May.

The band had three big hits in 1984 with Living on the Ceiling, Blind Vision and a cover of ABBA’s hit, The Day Before You Came.

They broke up two years later but reformed in 2011.

Since Blancmange’s Stephen Luscombe was forced by illness to stop touring or recording after 2011’s Blanc Burn, the band has continued with Arthur at the helm.

He has also collaborated with his son Joe Arthur, a rising star club music DJ and producer who works under the name Kincaid, to release a great new EP, Big Fat Head, featuring three remixes of the title track.

Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen are playing the FlyDSA Arena on Tuesday (May 7) to promote their third album The Balance, released last Friday.

The Sheffield show will be their first visit to the venue.

The Balance was recorded over a 12-month period at two secluded rural locations in the Republic of Ireland and East Lincolnshire, in between a series of storming live performances.

Early reviews indicate that the band have returned to their characteristic catchy riffs, anthemic choruses and heavy bass sounds.

Frontman Van McCann said: “”It’s good when you’re completely engulfed in recording in a place like that, living together, because every day and all day it was about the songs.

“We had fun too; they were the funniest album sessions we’ve done.”