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19 Oct 2008 - 80's News

BOY GEORGE will headline the 2009 HERE AND NOW tour, on a bill that will also include KIM WILDE, HOWARD JONES, KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS, ALTERED IMAGES, BROTHER BEYOND and HAZEL O'CONNOR. See GIGS for all the dates.

DEPECHE MODE are currently scheduled to release their currently untitled new album on April 20th next year, in advance of the first leg of their recently announced 'Tour Of The Universe'. The band are also celebrated in a new documentary, entitled 'The Posters Came From The Walls', a film about Depeche Mode fans around the world made by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and collaborator Nicholas Abrahams. The premiere of the film will take place at the The Times BFI London Film Festival at London's NFT on October 21st.

GRACE JONES has announced a run of UK shows to promote her upcoming album 'Hurricane'. The singer will play the seven UK shows - including two nights at London's Roundhouse - in January. See GIGS for all the dates.

BANANARAMA will play a one-off charity show in support of the Caron Keating Foundation charity at London's Hard Rock Cafe on October 30th.

MEN AT WORK are at the centre of an Australian copyright battle over claims that their international hit 'Down Under' uses a section of Marion Sinclair's 1930's song 'Kookaburra'. All parties involved are due to meet in November.

ADAM ANT won the prestigious 'Q Icon' award at Q Magazine's annual award ceremony last week while GRACE JONES was awarded the 'Q Idol' award and THE COCTEAU TWINS were honoured as recipients of the 'Q Inspiration' award.

HUE AND CRY - who will release a new single 'Headin' For A Fall' in January - have been invited to appear as special guests of soul legend Al Green when he plays Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium on October 30th. The band are also playing a series of free gigs around the country at House of Fraser stores and will be playing a charity show for the Caron Keating Foundation at Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe.

IMAGINATION singer LEEE JOHN has narrated a new documentary, 'The Flashback Project', designed to tell the true story of the UK black music revolution from the point of view of the black reggae, soul and pop artists of the 70's and 80's. See NEWS on the website for more information.

ZTT RECORDS are to release a CD/DVD boxset featuring fifty tracks and eighteen videos as part of the celebrations for the influential label's 25th anniversary. The set will feature key ZTT hits as well as rarities and previously unreleased material

MORRISSEY has announced concerts in New Zealand and Australia for the early part of next year. Shows have been announced in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin in New Zealand and Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in Australia.

BANANARAMA will headline a second Irish HERE AND NOW concert on January 2nd with a show at the Royal Castlebar in County Mayo alongside BELINDA CARLISLE, PAUL YOUNG, BUCKS FIZZ, T'PAU and CUTTING CREW..

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