First Aid Kit So the 80s comes to Sheffield, the City Hall to be precise, as a line up of The Christians, Altered Images and Ultravox lead singer Midge Ure, remind us of some great tracks from years gone by.


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Midge Ure Saturday night at the Apres Bar in Birmingham, and its a special one. The bar downstairs is full, with more than a little excitement about the Carl Froch/George Groves Super-Middleweight Championship. Upstairs in the Club Room, we’ve gone back to the 1980’s with a full house of “Darklings” (the collective noun for club members) who are excited about the appearance of a Musical Heavyweight for the Only After Dark (OAD) 5th Birthday Celebrations, some of which have come in from overseas to be here.


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Simple Minds Tonight is an opportunity to put on those rose tinted glasses and remember those ‘fab’ good 80s old days with much nostalgia. A time when ‘mobile’ phones were strange red (rather smelly) kiosks on street corners. ‘Social media’ entailed a pen, paper, a stamp, a postman and a few days to get a response.  Steve Jobs was busy launching the Apple Mac computer, way, way, way before he dreamt of iPods and iTunes, the nearest thing to copying a song was on a C90 cassette tape, CDs were yet to make their mark and digital downloads? They were a pipe dream...


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Ultravox Some bands take a few years between albums. Ultravox have taken it a tad to the extreme - it’s been twenty-eight years between their last outing and 2012’s “Brilliant.” And tonight, in the acoustically great Symphony Hall, they’re here for a long set - of the old, the pure class and the very new.


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