The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact, they’re probably more highly regarded in
2011 than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare!
They’re used to everyone from Madonna to Moby, Pet Shop Boys to Robbie Williams, citing them as
an influence. Now the dubstep generation – notably, the acclaimed Darkstar, who cover the
League’s 1982 B-side ‘You Remind Me Of Gold’ on their current album, North – have begun to pay
homage to the original sound of Sheffield.
But they’re about more than esoteric infiltration – there has been mainstream penetration, too,
commensurate with a band who gave us the greatest ever Christmas Number 1 single with 1981/2’s
‘Don’t You Want Me’, who have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as
two US Number 1 singles and sold 20 million records worldwide: the most lauded TV program of
recent times, time-travel saga Ashes To Ashes, based one of its main characters on Joanne Catherall,
while the mighty Philip Oakey appeared in a recent episode of Top Gear at the personal behest of
Jeremy Clarkson who regularly name-checks the League in his newspaper column.
This ticket entitles you to FREE ENTRY (before 11.30pm) to the official ‘I Love the 80s’ after show party @ The Welly, Beverly Road. 10.30-03.00 – 18+ only.
More than just a car park – Zebedee's yard is an events space in the city centre. that hosts concerts throughout the summer and is a venue for The Freedom Festival.