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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye to Soft Cell at final show

PUBLISHED: 16:15 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 31 August 2018

Soft Cell's final live concert will be screened to cinemas

Soft Cell's final live concert will be screened to cinemas

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The final ever Soft Cell concert will be broadcast live from London to cinemas nationwide.

Soft Cell – vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball – will play a sold-out show in London on Sunday, September 30.

And fans of the chart-topping Tainted Love duo will be able to Say Hello, Wave Goodbye as the gig at The O2 Arena is being beamed via satellite to cinemas across the country.

This landmark concert celebrates the synthpop band’s 40th anniversary, and will be their first show in 15 years.

Brought to you by leading Event Cinema distributor More2Screen, cinema screens across the UK and Ireland will broadcast live the entire show.

• To check which cinemas are showing the concert, visit www.softcell.co.uk/cinema-screenings/

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, including their 1981 debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

The unique combination of Ball’s musicianship and Almond’s delivery on songs such as Memorabilia, Torch, Bedsitter and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye inhabits a unique place in British music history.

Tainted Love, Soft Cell’s huge 1981 number one hit, is perhaps the most 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.

Almond was awarded an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award in 2013, as well as an OBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

Ball went on to form The Grid, peaking with 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 and Erasure.

The filming of Soft Cell’s final live show is a Live Here Now production in partnership with Toward Infinity.

The show will be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound audio and will be filmed in full HD with a comprehensive 13 camera set-up, directed by Tim Sidwell.

• Soft Cell – One Final Time – Live Concert From London can be seen on Sunday, September 30 from 7.30pm.

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