DOORS: 6pm SOFT CELL ON STAGE: 7.45pm
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time at The O2, on Sunday 30 September 2018, in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003. This will be the band’s ONLY and last EVER show.
One of the most influential groups to emerge from the electronic music scene in the UK in the 1980s, Soft Cell produced five albums of original material, book-ended by their debut; 1981’s ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’, and 2002’s ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’. The incredible string of hits Soft Cell produced during this time, including ten tracks that reached the UK Top 40 singles charts, need little introduction.
The unique combination of Ball’s musicianship and Almond’s tender yet assured delivery on songs such as ‘Memorabilia’, ‘Torch’, and of course their trademark ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ inhabits a unique place in British music history.
‘Tainted Love’, Soft Cell’s boundless Number One hit, is perhaps the most emblematic and evocative song of the era. A cover of Gloria Jones’ Northern Soul staple that kept the original’s yearning tone, Soft Cell enveloped the track with a slowed down instantly recognisable synth riff – a nod to pop music’s past, yet wholly updated with the fresh, modern sound of the 80s that still holds up to this day.
Intervening years have seen both Marc Almond and Dave Ball’s talent recognised with successful solo careers in their own right, with Almond awarded an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award in 2013, as well as an OBE this year’s New Year’s Honours List. Ball went on to form The Grid, peaking with million-selling international hit ‘Swamp Thing’, as well as working as a producer and writer for the likes of Kylie Minogue and remixer for David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yello & The B-52’s.
On performing their best-loved hits together again, Marc Almond commented “With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished. This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan”
Dave Ball added "We live in very interesting times, and 2018 promises to be a very special year”.
Tickets go on general sale Friday 23 February at 9am.
Coming to the show? Don't miss a moment. Head down early. Enhanced security is in place. Pack light, we only allow small bags into the arena.
Please be aware that there are road works taking place on Millennium Way affecting the route into Car Park 1. A short diversion is in place and Car Park 1 will be open as normal throughout the works. Please allow extra time when travelling to or from The O2 by road.
Please only purchase tickets through authorised ticketing sites including www.axs.com and www.stubhub.co.uk - The Official Ticket Resale Marketplace of The O2. If you have, or suspect you may have been a victim of fraud when purchasing tickets, please report it to Action Fraud www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Taking care of your ticket
Your ticket’s barcode is unique. Don’t share the barcode of your ticket with anyone, especially online, as it may be used to sell your ticket on without your knowledge.
If you have already used our on-line help desk - and still need to get in touch? We can be contacted on 0208 463 2000 or click on the Help button at the bottom right of the screen. We’re here to help Monday – Friday 9-7pm and 10-6pm at weekends.