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Heritage Live announces Soft Cell as the first of the Audley End series of concerts for 2023

Heritage Live has announced the first show of its 2023 summer outdoor concert series in the grounds of English Heritage’s Audley End House & Gardens in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Soft Cell. Picture: Andrew Whitton
Soft Cell. Picture: Andrew Whitton

Soft Cell are to headline the event, which also features very special guests OMD, and Heaven 17. DJs Readers Wifes will get the party started at the show from 3pm.

The gig will take place on Friday, August 11, 2023, with tickets going on pre-sale next Wednesday (November 9) at 9am, and general sale on Friday, November 11, at 9am. For access to the discounted pre-sale, customers need to register at arep.co/p/soft-cell. General sale tickets will be available from axs.com/heritagelive.

Heritage Live organiser Giles Cooper said: “It’s been an ambition of us all at Heritage Live to stage a show for the legendary Soft Cell, but to also have them joined by the iconic OMD and Heaven 17, will make this concert so unique within such a spectacular setting, that it’ll undoubtedly make this a night to remember for many years to come. We can’t wait!”

Having met at Leeds Polytechnic in the late 70s, Soft Cell (Marc Almond and Dave Ball) released four UK Top 20 albums between 1981-1984, spawning hits such as Memorabilia, Torch, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, and of course their era-defining number one hit Tainted Love.

OMD. Picture: Alex Lake
OMD. Picture: Alex Lake

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OMD were formed by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys in the late 70s and are known for their trademark electronic sound, achieving hits throughout the 80s including Souvenir, Joan of Arc, If You Leave Me, and Enola Gay.

Formed after a split from The Human League, Heaven 17 were formed in 1980 in Sheffield and achieved chart success with hits including (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, Play to Win, and Temptation, cementing their status as one of the most forward-thinking bands of the decade.

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