Review: Human League

Review: Human League

There was barely an electric guitar in sight on the first night of Liverpool Sound City, when The Human League, A Certain Ratio and Art of Noise celebrated (and demonstrated) the innovation of sound. Guna Veinberga was on the same wavelength for BIMM Life.

This year’s Liverpool Sound City, which took place in May, was not only the event’s 10th anniversary, it was also a celebration of the innovation of sound. On the first night, dedicated fans gathered at Clearance Docks to experience a one-of-a-kind evening, with performances from three legendary avant-pop acts: A Certain Ratio, Art Of Noise and, in the headline slot, The Human League.

An early highlight was watching the badass arranger Anne Dudley, one-third of Art Of Noise, on the stage (the AONers being engineer Gary Langan and programmer JJ Jeczalik); she had real charisma. 

The support sets were a magical build-up for the stars of the night: 80s synth-pop pioneers The Human League. Philip Oakey, who has been lead singer of the band since day one, proved that some things, like his voice, are timeless. 

The lights, different projections, including Pac-Man, and the flamboyant stage costumes of the two female vocalists - Joanne Catherall and Susan Anne Sulley - enhanced the 14-song show, charging everyone present with positive energy. Safe to say, after Being Boiled and Together In Electric Dreams, the grandiose encore, everyone’s cheeks hurt from smiling and feet from dancing. Liverpool had not seen a bigger sing-along or better proof that live music is the cure and can unify all.

Words by Guna Veinberga

 

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