By Catherine Jones – The Liverpool Echo

Steve Strange is set to play an ‘intimate’ gig in St Helens this weekend.

The iconic New Romantic will appear with his band Visage and with Electro 80’s at the Citadel on Saturday in a style of show he calls enclosure.

“The best gigs, the ones I prefer doing, are the more intimate ones where you can see the crowd whereas normally you can only see the first three rows because of the lights,” he says. “I did St Helens about a year ago and the crowd was great. They’ve waited a long time to see Visage. I love the crowds in the North West.”

Steve and the band will be playing his back catalogue, including Fade to Grey of course, as well as songs from Visage’s comeback album Hearts and Knives.

And since he last appeared here, it’s been a busy time for the 55-year-old who has also recorded another new album, set for release soon, with the Czech Republic’s SynthoSymphonica Orchestra.

The unlikely pairing came after Visage were asked to play at the closing ceremony of the World Ski Jumping Championships in Prague, and joined forces with the orchestra to perform.

“All I can say is it’s a complete accolade and a real honour to be asked to do an album,” Steve adds. “It was an amazing experience. Myself and singer Lauren Du Valle, who works with me, we both had goosebumps. We had shivers down our spine.”

The resultant orchestral version of Fade to Grey is due to be released as a single on November 24.

Meanwhile Electro 80s are regular visitors to The Citadel, having played twice in 2014 already. Their high tempo show complete with lights and smoke effects will cover several 80s hits from the likes of Kraftwerk, Ultravox and Gary Numan.

Tickets for Saturday’s show are £14 on 01744 735436.