As previously announced, Midge Ure is heading out later this year on ‘The 1980 Tour’, celebrating his time with Visage and Ultravox. Accompanied by Band Electronica, Midge will be performing the album Vienna in its entirety for the first time in 40 years since it was made.
It has now been announced that Visage co-founder Rusty Egan will be joining Midge for selected dates across the UK. This is the very first time that Midge and Rusty will take to the stage together to play some groundbreaking dance tunes off the first Visage album, many of which have not been played live before. Rusty will also perform a DJ set for the first part of the show.
Rusty and Midge's paths crossed for the first time in post-punk band The Rich Kids along with Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols. Rusty had started a club night at Billy's in Soho with Steve Strange. Thus the seminal Blitz Club was born and became THE place to be seen.
Visage were formed from this genesis as a studio project taking their inspiration from the Dusseldorf scene combined with sounds of the Blitz Club. “It was a simple idea inspired by the desire to make European electronic dance music with our favourite musicians of the day”, Visage co-founder Ure said.
Rusty has also championed the Irish electronic band, Tiny Magnetic Pets, who will be appearing in Rusty's place at Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin, as well as the shows in Europe in 2019. Describing themselves as “Kinda Krautrock-meets-Bowie-in-Berlin jamming with Stereolab/Massive Attack/Goldfrapp/Kraftwerk, sort of thing…” they should fit the bill perfectly!
The tour will now continue into 2020 with more dates added throughout February.
MIDGE URE & BAND ELECTRONICA – THE 1980 TOUR
6th – Norwich, Theatre Royal
7th – Birmingham, Town Hall
8th – Leicester, De Montford Hall
10th – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
11th – Cardiff, Tramshed
12th – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
13th – Glasgow, Barrowlands
15th – Guildford, G-Live
16th – Leamington, Assembly
18th – London, Palladium
19th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
20th – Ipswich, Corn Exchange
21st – York, Grand Opera House
22nd – Gateshead, Sage
25th – Manchester, Albert Hall
26th – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
28th – Belfast, Ulster Hall
29th – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
6th – Bochum, Germany
7th – Osnabrück, Germany
8th – Berlin, Germany
9th – Hamburg, Germany
11th – Ravensburg, Germany
12th – Munich, Germany
13th – Kassel, Germany
14th – Düsseldorf, Germany
17th – Aarhus, Denmark
18th – København, Denmark
14th – Poole, Lighthouse
15th – Bath, Forum
16th – Blackpool, Grand Theatre
17th – Northampton, Royal & Derngate
21st – Birmingham, Town Hall
22nd – Brighton, Theatre Royal