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12 Apr 2009 - 80's News

SIMPLE MINDS, BANANARAMA and EDDI READER will all play this year's Isle Of Wight Festival, on a bill that also includes ULTRAVOX and THE PIXIES.

BELINDA CARLISLE will release a remastered and expanded edition of her 1987 album 'Heaven On Earth' on May 4th. The new edition will include a CD of the original album alongside a selection of bonus tracks as well as a live DVD featuring a 1988 concert previously only available on VHS. Belinda Carlisle will release a career-spanning compilation later this year which will include a number of new tracks. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

SPANDAU BALLET have announced a third show at London's O2 Arena on October 22nd and a second Birmingham show at the LG Arena on October 25th. The band have also announced a show at Liverpool's Echo Arena on October 29th. See GIGS on the website for the full tour schedule.

JIMMY SOMERVILLE will release a new album, 'Suddenly Last Summer', in May as a digital-only release featuring eleven tracks and two videos.

THE B-52s have announed a run of US dates for June, July and August. See GIGS for all the dates.

DEPECHE MODE have announced a second London show at the O2 Arena on December 16th. The band have also revealed that they were offered a headline spot at this year's Glastonbury Festival but turned it down on the grounds that 'the line-up didn’t quite work for us' according to the group's ANDY FLETCHER.

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MARC ALMOND fans will have the chance to bid for a special piece of artwork created by Val Denham, the artist responsible for some of Marc's most iconic record sleeves, at the forthcoming Marc Almond Convention which will take place at Birmingham's The Flapper on May 9th. See NEWS for more details.

GARY NUMAN will play a special show at Manchester Academy on November 21st to mark the 30th anniversary of his album 'The Pleasure Principle'. Further shows dedicated to the album may be announced shortly.

ULTRAVOX will release a new compilation 'The Very Best of Ultravox' on April 6th in a 2-disc CD/DVD edition, featuring eighteen digitally remastered audio tracks and seventeen videos, to coincide with their upcoming reunion tour. See NEWS on the website for the full tracklisting.

DURAN DURAN are to play a one-off US show at the Orange Country Fair in California on July 11th. SMOKEY ROBINSON, THE B-52s and WHITESNAKE will also appear.

TEARS FOR FEARS mainman CURT SMITH will play a solo show at Santa Monica's McCabe's on May 16th.

BILLY OCEAN has released a new album - his first for fifteen years - entitled 'Because I Love You' which he is promoting with a single of the same name.

LEVEL 42 will see two of their catalogue albums - 'Guaranteed' and 'Forever Now' - reissued on May 4th. Both albums will be released as 2-CD editions, each featuring remixes, alternate versions, non-album tracks and live versions. See NEWS for the full tracklisting of both albums.

THE STRANGLERS have joined the line-up of this summer's Guilfest, alongside a bill that will also feature MOTORHEAD and HAPPY MONDAYS. Guilfest will take place over the weekend of July 10th to 12th.

MADNESS will play a series of free secret gigs around the Camden Town area of London on April 24th, as part of the annual Camden Crawl events, in support of their new album 'The Liberty Of Norton Folgate' which is released on May 18, preceded by a single 'Dust Devil' on May 11th. Meanwhile THE POGUES will join Madness on the bill of the forthcoming Madstock Festival which takes place in London's Victoria Park on July 17th...

SONIA will celebrate twenty-years in music with the release of a new single, 'Fool For Love', on May 25th.

DEAD OR ALIVE, JOY DIVISION, U2 and SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES are among iconic artists featured in a forthcoming photography exhibition that is set to start at Liverpool's National Conservation Centre on May 1st. The exhibition of photographs by Francesco Mellina features sixty images - most previously unseen - photographed in Liverpool between 1978 and 1982 and will run until the end of August.

THOMAS DOLBY will release expanded editions of his best know albums 'The Golden Age Of Wireless' and 'The Flat Earth' on June 8th in the wake of the release of a CD/DVD compilation 'The Singular Thomas Dolby' on May 4th.

BERLIN will play a special show at LA's House Of Blues on April 4th which will be filmed for a live CD and DVD for release in June.

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