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06 Apr 2012 - 80's News

THE HUMAN LEAGUE, HEAVEN 17, BOB GELDOF, PAUL HEATON, ALI CAMBELL's UB40 and SOUL II SOUL are among the artists confirmed for Leeds' M Fest in July. MORE

SQUEEZE - who will release a live album 'Live At The Fillmore' on April 17th - have announced dates in the USA in April and then in the UK in November and December. MORE

MAGGIE & MARTIN - the new project from MAGGIE K DE MONDE (formerly with SWANS WAY and SCARLET FANTASTIC) and MARTIN WATKINS (MARC ALMOND's co-writer) - will release their debut album 'Union' on May 21st preceded by a single 'Night of a Thousand Stars' on May 7th. MORE

ULTRAVOX have announced details of their much anticipated new studio album. The twelve-track album, entitled 'Brilliant', will be released on May 28th and will be supported by soon to be announced dates in the UK and Europe. MORE

GRACE JONES will headline this year's Lovebox Festival in London in June, on a bill with artists including HOLLY JOHNSON, Lana Del Rey, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles and Friendly Fires. MORE

PETER GABRIEL, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS, JOAN ARMATRADING, BILLY OCEAN and THE STRANGLERS have all been confirmed for the bill of the forthcoming Hop Farm Festival which takes place in kent at the end of July. MORE

SIMPLE MINDS have added more shows to their 2012 tour schedule, including a '5x5' show in Newcastle and a series of festival appearances, as well as the release of a limited edition 12" of 'Theme for Great Cities / I Travel' - remixed by Moby and John Leckie respectively - which will be released for Record Store Day on April 21st. MORE

NENA will play a ten-date acoustic tour in April which will see her preview material from her next album with a fifteen-piece band. After the tour she will take her new songs into the studio and start recording a new album. MORE

CURT SMITH will play an intimate solo show at McCabe's in Santa Monica on May 4th, and has also hinted at TEARS FOR FEARS shows in Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka later this year. MORE

PAUL BUCHANAN, best known for his work with THE BLUE NILE, will release his debut solo album, entitled 'Mid-Air', on May 21st. The album will be available as a special limited edition 2-CD boxset as well as on standard CD and via download. MORE

MARC ALMOND has announced his 'Pop Troubadour Tour' which will see him play dates across the UK in September and October. The tour will coincide with the release of an album of the same name which will be a 2-CD retrospective of hits and singles from 1983 to 2012. MORE

WET WET WET will mark twenty five years of releasing music with a special celebratory concert at Glasgow Green in their native Scotland on July 20th.??MORE

BLANCMANGE will play UK dates throughout May, following the excellent response to last year's 'Blanc Burn' album and tour. MORE

KYLIE MINOGUE has announced two intimate 'Anti Tour' shows in the UK, following the success of four similar shows in her native Australia last week. The shows - in London and Manchester - will feature 'those songs you thought you’d never hear live' and will draw heavily from b-sides, demos and rare tracks from across Minogue's career. MORE

THE HUMAN LEAGUE, THE STRANGLERS and THE UNDERTONES are all on the bill of Dublin's Summer Sessions show which will take place in the city's Iveagh Gardens over the weekend of May 4th - May 6th. MORE

TOYAH has been forced to reschedule her upcoming 'Changeling Resurrection' show at Glasgow's Classic Grand from April 20th to October 12th. Tickets for the original show will be valid for the new one or refunds are available from point of purchase. MORE

BIG COUNTRY have announced three UK shows in the run-up to their appearance at this year's Isle of Wight Festival in June. The band - with THE ALARM's MIKE PETERS on vocals - are expected to reprise their recent 'The Crossing' live set with a few extra twists! MORE

DEAD CAN DANCE have added more dates to their forthcoming reunion tour with the announcement of a North American leg running through August and into September. A new album is also expected for release around the shows. MORE

THE B-52s have this week released DVD and Blu-Ray versions of their recent live album 'With The Wild Crowd!' which was recorded in the band's hometown of Athens, GA last year to mark the 34th anniversary of the first ever B-52s concert which also took place in the town. MORE

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