by Andrew Kilmurray – The St.Helens Star

An award-winning Electronica tribute band will be joined by 80s icon Steve Strange for a night of nostalgia at the Citadel.

Electro 80s, support band to both new-wave icons Visage and Blancmange, have seen sell-out shows all over the UK underline their popularity.

The St Helens band’s homecoming gig on Saturday, February 1, will feature synthesisers, while a stunning lightshow and robotics complement the avant-garde set which features Numan, Foxx, Ultravox, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, OMD and more.

Electro 80s will be joined by New Romantic Steve Strange, of Visage, who is a friend of David Bowie and Boy George.

Strange has recently forged a strong relationship with Electro 80s.

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He is best known for forming Visage with then Rich Kids members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure and Magazine members Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula.

They signed to the small label Radar Records and released their first single Tar in 1979.

The single was not a success, but the following year, Strange appeared in the video for Bowie’s number one hit Ashes to Ashes, propelling the New Romantic fashion movement into the mainstream Later that year, Visage signed a new record deal with the major label Polydor and released their second single, Fade to Grey.

The single became a top-10 hit in the UK and topped the charts in several other countries. As the public face of the band, Strange shot to stardom in Britain and other parts of Europe.

In early 2013, he announced another new version of Visage featuring himself and former member Steve Barnacle, along with former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon and vocalist Lauren Duvall.

A new album, Hearts and Knives, was released in May 2013, the group’s album.

The band made several live appearances in the UK and Europe in 2013 with support from Electro 80s.

The St Helens band has been in existence since its founders became disillusioned with the “traditional” cabaret club scene.

The group’s three core members – known as ‘Red’, ‘Green’ and ‘Blue’ – had all been active on the circuit in various other bands.

But they decided it was time to pay tribute to the music they had grown up listening to and loved.

It was decided early on that the new band would focus on what some consider being the “more serious” side of the eighties and avoid some of the decades more forgettable musical episodes.

They attempt to recreate some of the classic sounds of the early 80s, while attention to detail sees lighting shows carefully programmed to be in perfect synchronisation with the dynamics of the live sound, highlighting the different atmospheres and mood of the performance.

The Citadel’s 80s club night takes place on Saturday, February 1 from 8.30pm.

It also features the album launch of Scorbie and alternative 80s/90s night with DJ Jack Derbyshire.

Tickets are priced £7.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01744 735436 or online at citadel.org.uk.