Heaven 17 02 Academy 8/10
REWIND 30 years and the charts were full of British artists, not just in the UK, but all over the world, re-igniting something of a second British music invasion after the first in the heady days of the Sixties.
Along with their fellow Sheffielders, Human League and ABC, Heaven 17 were riding this wave, releasing a defining album of the Eighties.
The Luxury Gap Tour is in celebration of their second album of the same name released in 1983. Played in its entirety and identical running order, the seven-piece band were on fine form, including founding member, Martyn Ware, on keyboards.
Kicking off with the top 20 hit, Crushed by the Wheels of Industry, lead singer Glenn Gregory's deep, and still powerful voice was unmistakable.
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Looking dapper and playfully interacting with the audience, he looked very much at home, enjoying the obvious nostalgia of the evening.
A simple but effective light show adorned the backdrop, which added an air of minimalistic coolness. For a band who didn't tour in their heyday, it was difficult to understand why as they appeared very polished and knew how to get the already enthusiastic crowd going.
All too soon a receptive Academy was singing along to their biggest and most recognisable hit, Temptation.
As the first set came to a close Gregory announced they would be playing some fan favourites, the first of which was their sinister take on You've Lost That Loving Feeling which was a welcome addition to the set list.
Tracks from their first album followed in addition to a couple of Human League classics, a group Ware also founded. As an encore, a pumping "Bristol version" of Temptation, a mash-up with the Donna Summer hit, Love To Love You Baby, rounded off proceedings, once again featuring excellent vocals from their female backing singer, this time dressed as a saucy devil.
Thankfully there were no leg warmers in sight and Heaven 17 proved to be a formidable and relevant live act, one which judging by the reaction they received, would be welcome back in Bristol anytime.