Ware shows off his Dark side

Sheffield hitmaker, producer and sound artist Martyn Ware is bringing his star-studded British Electric Foundation to his home city for a concert at the 02 Academy on Friday celebrating their latest album,

Joining Ware will be his fellow Heaven 17 Sheffield bandmate and frontman Glenn Gregory, 1980s solo star Kim Wilde, Erasure’s Andy Bell, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside and Propaganda synthpop icon Claudia Brücken.

Heaven 17’s principal female vocalist Billie Godfrey, Sheffield singer/songwriter David J Roch, singers Sarah Jane Morris, Bernice Scott and Kelly Barnes are also on the bill.

Ware, founding member of both Human League and Heaven 17, is also the driving force behind the BEF and its latest release Music of Quality and Distinction Volume Three; Dark. The album, which also features Sandie Shaw and Boy George, delivers dark versions of previously happy pop songs.

BEF’s first release in 1980, a collection of instrumentals entitled Music For Stowaways, was recently hailed by Uncut magazine as one of the “50 Greatest Lost Albums of All Time.