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Heaven 17 to headline post-punk Futurama Festival Easter 2021, event resurrected after 40 year hiatus

Good news, everyone! Heaven 17 have been confirmed as headliners for the Futurama Festival, which returns to Liverpool after 40 years. The post-punk festival will take place at the Invisible Wind factory / Make Arts Centre and Ten Streets Social, April 3-4 2021.

Synth pop icons Heaven 17 were a huge influence on the Eighties pop-punk pop scene.

After the original Human League split in 1980, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, partnered with Glenn Gregory to form Heaven 17, taking their name from the disco in Kubrick’s seminal A Clockwork Orange. The band had immediate success with hits such as ‘At the height of the fighting’, ‘Fascist Groove Thang’ and ‘I’m your money’. Penthouse and Pavement would become a landmark album that defined the 1980’s. 

For their performance at Futurama, Ware and Gregory will perform a Heaven 17 set and revisit some early Human League songs,  aiming to recreate the ‘futuristic ambience and immersive atmosphere of the early days’. 

Martyn Ware says he “loved the wider theme of dystopian science fiction that the Futurama touched upon and he always envisaged the Human League growing up in a science fiction noisescape”. Human League were scheduled to play the original Futurama in 1979 but for one reason or another, it never happened.

The first Human League albums Reproduction and Travelogue shaped the sound of Sheffield between 1978 -83.  They were the first wave of British bands to mix machines and electronic beats.  

“Heaven 17 are really looking forward to the Futurama show, it holds so many fantastic musical memories for us both as performers and audience,” says Glenn Gregory. “It’s fantastic that we have the chance to be a part of the future of Futurama” 

“The Futurama show holds so many fantastic musical memories for us both as performers and audience,” says Glenn Gregory…

Neo punks Girls in Synthesis are joining the Futurama bill

Peter Hook and The Light are the Sunday night headliners and will be performing the ‘life changing’ Joy Division set from the 1979 Futurama in Leeds for the first time in 40 years. They are joined by legendary Factory band Section 25 and the Expelaires who played the first Futurama in Leeds in 1979.

The AF Gang have confirmed their first acts for their All Is Love / Goth Kitchen stages with up-and-coming London punks Chubby And The Gang and TV Priest. Planet X, Liverpool’s infamous goth and punk club have Balaam & The Angel headlining its stage with Dr Diablo & the Rodent Show, Peter Bentham & The Dinner Ladies, Feather Trade, the Gentle Scars,  Three from Above & The Webb supporting. 

Also, confirmed are Girls in Synthesis, Ist Ist, Dream Nails, Liines, Gravves, Klamp, Coughin Vicars, Deh-Yey, Theatre Of Hate, Warmduscher, The Chameleons, The Blinders, The Lovely Eggs, Spizz Energi, Imperial Wax, Just Mustard, Membranes, Evil Blizzard, Sink Ya Teeth, John, Heavy Lungs, We Are Not Devo, DSM IV, Bob Vylan, Billy NoMates, Witch Fever, Tokky Horror, Pozi, Crows, St Agnes, LibraLibra, Courting, Crawlers   

‘Fingers crossed, the timing could be perfect,” says promoter Marc Jones. “We all desperately need something to look forward to after one of the hardest and most difficult years ever! 2020 has seen the festival and live gig circuit decimated by the pandemic. It could one of the first festivals post Covid restrictions and it would be a real boost to the Liverpool music scene and the independent venues involved and perhaps a real starting point for and hopefully a much better year in 2021″ 

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