THE man who urged us to "Feed the World" heads to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this week in a special show featuring fellow 80s greats The Christians and Altered Images.

Midge Ure, who co-wrote Do They Know It's Christmas? with Bob Geldof in 1984 to raise money Ethiopian famine relief, is at the city centre venue on Wednesday night as part of a national tour.

The Scottish musician was part of legendary groups Visage, Ultravox and has also enjoyed huge success as a solo artist.

After touring for the last few years focused on stripping his influential catalogue of hits back to their acoustic forms, he has built them right back up again, embarking on a huge UK tour with a new show that takes influence from the forward-thinking pop music with which he originally made his name.

Ure will perform hits including If I Was, Fade To Grey and Vienna, which was recently voted by BBC Radio Two listeners as the greatest ever track to reach No.2 in the charts.

Midge with Band Electronica will enthuse these songs with the fresh sound of modern synthesisers to create a unique and atmospheric experience.

He said: "I want to revisit some material that I've not really been able to perform with the recent acoustic line up, so you can expect to hear songs that haven't been aired for a while as well as the classics and a couple of surprises!

"I've really enjoyed touring with a band and now I want to expand back to a four piece and return to a more electronic based format."

The show will feature Altered Images - fronted by Clare Grogan and famed for their hits Happy Birthday and Don't Talk to Me About Love and The Christians, who will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their eponymously titled debut album.

Their new album Sings & Strings was released last Thursday.

Looking forward to the tour, the band said: "The Christians were thrilled to be invited on this tour with Midge Ure and Altered Images.

"It's our 30th anniversary and we thought what a great way to spend 30 dates in and around the UK belting out our hits Harvest for the World, Ideal World, and many more in the company of this lot.”

Clare Grogan of Altered Images said: "It's been quite some time since I've toured so it's going to be a very special event in my calendar this year - especially as I'm getting to share a stage with the equally mighty Midge Ure and The Christians.

"We are going to have beautiful music, fun, and in my case maybe some tears and we'll be taking the whole audience with us."

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