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Human League original line-up to reunite?

Martyn Ware is keen to work with former bandmate Phil Oakey again

  • 21/07/2011
  • Dino Sofos
Heaven 17 and Human League

Heaven 17's Martyn Ware says he's been spending time in Sheffield recently with his former Human League bandmate Phil Oakey.

Ware was a founding member of Human League but left in 1980, citing musical differences. He revealed that, after a few pints, he and Oakey had patched things up and discussed working together again.

"I am very keen to work with Phil," he told 6 Music. "We've discussed it over the last few years, and Phil for various reasons said it's not the right time, but I've seen various comments online recently saying that Phil's interested possibly, so I don't know where we stand on that one.

“He's a funny old cove, Phil. But we're good mates again now. I had lunch with him, not long ago".

Heaven 17 are returning to Sheffield to play a free open air show at the Tramlines festival this weekend.

The Eighties synth-pop group will appear on the Sheffield Showcase stage in front of Sheffield City Hall at 8pm this Friday, 22 July.

"We'll be playing every single hit. We've got a special guest star. It's Kate Jackson from Long Blondes. I'm a bit of a fan."

Heaven 17's Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware says he's wanted to play at Tramlines since it began.

"We are thrilled that it's free,” he explained. “I love free gigs because everyone can go. I hope everybody turns up. We'll be playing every single hit. We've got a special guest star. It's Kate Jackson from Long Blondes. I'm a bit of a fan."

Now in its third year, organisers expect 175,000 music fans to attend the ticketless festival throughout the weekend.

The Futureheads, Josh T. Pearson, Ash and The Duke Spirit are some of the other acts playing across the 4 main stages and 70 live music venues.

Local artists playing include The Crookes and Mabel Love, who recently supported Arctic Monkeys at their Don Valley gig.

In its short history, Tramlines has had its fair share of surprises. Last year, Richard Hawley joined Echo And the Bunnymen on stage to cover a Velvet Underground song.

One of this year's curators, BBC Radio 1 DJ and Sheffield ambassador, Toddla T, is in charge of the dance events over the weekend. He's bringing Ms Dynamite and Shy FX along for the party.

Festival organiser, Dave Healey says, "our vision at the outset was to make Sheffield feel like a greenfield festival site. It's like an urban Glastonbury, but with no wellies required".

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