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Most famous for being the front man of iconic 80s band Ultravox, and co-creator with Bob Geldof of Band Aid and Live Aid, Midge Ure has had an incredible music career spanning over an impressive three decades.

With his song, ‘Vienna’ officially the most popular and respected record of the 80s (as voted by Absolute Radio listeners), Midge obviously has a magic touch when it comes to writing hits that stand the test of time. ‘Vienna’, despite only reaching number 2 in the charts at the time, remains one of the biggest selling records of its year of release, way back in 1981. Ure co-wrote the biggest selling single in the history of the British Singles Charts, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, and his single, ‘If I Was’, from his solo debut album, ‘The Gift’, went straight in at number 1.

Midge Ure is also known as a former member of Thin Lizzy and Visage, and has been a tireless campaigner for ‘Save the Children’. He has an OBE (but no knighthood!), multiple Brit Awards & Ivor Novello awards and once came close to winning Celebrity Masterchef whilst enjoying his cookery hobby.

His fourth solo album, ‘Breathe’, released in 1995 by BMG, had a very Celtic feel, with a plethora of acoustic instruments ranging from Uilleann pipes to mandolins and accordions. The title track was used by Swatch Watches and headed their most successful advertising campaign ever. ‘Breathe’ went triple platinum, giving Midge massive success all over Europe.

Midge Ure is currently on tour, performing ‘Breathe’ in its entirety for the first time. In addition to these songs, he also performs a selection of his other hits, including, ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘If I Was’, along with songs from his most recent album, ‘Fragile’.

You can see Midge Ure at the following – contact the venues for ticket details.


Jun 27         Gateshead: The Sage                                 www.sagegateshead.com

Jun 28         Southport: The Atkinson                        www.theatkinson.co.uk

Sep 17         Bury St. Edmunds: The Apex                  www.theapex.co.uk

Sep 18         Andover: The Lights                                   www.thelights.org.uk

Sep 19         Redhill: The Harlequin                              www.harlequintheatre.co.uk

Oct 01         Falmouth: Princess Pavilion                    www.tempusleisure.org.uk

Oct 02         Porthcawl: Grand Pavlion                        www.grandpavilion.co.uk

Oct 03         Cheltenham: Tithe Barn                            www.cleevetithebarn.org.uk

Oct 04         Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton                www.wolvescivic.co.uk

Oct 14         Preston: Guildhall Charter Theatre       www.prestonguildhall.com

Oct 15         Ulverston: Coronation Hall                       www.corohall.co.uk

Oct 16         Leamington Spa: The Assembly               www.leamingtonassembly.com

Oct 17         Hunstanton: Princess Theatre                  www.thelittleboxoffice.com

Oct 22        Lincoln: Drill Hall                                          www.lincolndrillhall.com

 Oct 23       London: Union Chapel                                 store.unionchapel.org.uk

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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