The voice of Ultravox, Midge Ure will perform four New Zealand shows in April 2015 – remarkably his first concerts here since electro-pop legends Ultravox visited our shores for the Sweetwaters festival in 1982.
Fans can look forward to intimate solo acoustic performances from Midge Ure (UK), with a concert at the Theatre Royal.
Special guest on the tour is Boh Runga performing songs from her solo and stellar* albums.
Scottish-born Midge Ure has been fearlessly innovative over the years – through creative production and songs like Fade to Grey (Visage) Vienna and Dancing With Tears in My Eyes (Ultravox) and solo gems like If I Was, and No Regrets.
Indeed Ultravox was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early ’80s, and continue to be so today. Their successful trademark was combining Midge’s powerful guitar riffs with sweeping synthesiser motifs and state-of-the-art visuals.
Ure’s 1984 songwriting collaboration with Bob Geldof, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ was a heartfelt contribution to Ethiopian famine relief. Through Band Aid it sold more than three million copies world-wide, returned to the of the charts in 1989, 2004 and again this Christmas (2014). The song has raised a remarkable $230m for aid to Africa, and the 2014 version with its revised lyrics is helping fund the fight against the Ebola virus.