OMD to stage exclusive show at Museum of Liverpool

OMD's Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey

OMD's Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey

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WIRRAL synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have announced an exclusive one-off show at the Museum of Liverpool.

The special performance will take place on Saturday, November 1, in the museum's 550-capacity atrium.

The set will include greatest hits, tracks from 1983’s Dazzle Ships album and one song which has never been performed live.

OMD frontman Andy McCluskey, born and raised in Meols and still a Wirral resident, said: "We can’t wait to play at the museum.

"The space for the concert is fantastic and very intimate.

"The museums and galleries in this city have had a major influence on me so it’s nice to come back and do a unique concert at the Museum of Liverpool."

OMD's iconic fourth album Dazzle Ships was inspired by the painting Dazzle Ships in dry dock at Liverpool by Edward Wadsworth.

Now there is once again a Dazzle Ship in a dry dock in front of the museum, organisers say it is appropriate the band commemorates the event with a concert.

All proceeds from the gig are going back into supporting National Museums Liverpool, whose director Janet Dugdale said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a concert by OMD, a major Liverpool group who have gone on to have success around the globe.

"The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s rich and fantastic music heritage. To bring that story to life with a concert by OMD should be very special indeed."

As an added bonus, a unique music artefact which is usually on display in the Museum's Wondrous Place gallery, will be involved in the show.

The reel-to-reel tape recorder known as Winston and used by OMD during their very early gigging days will be on stage again for the first time in three decades.

More details and information about tickets will be announced shortly at the Liverpool Museum site omd.uk.com and facebook.com/omdofficial.

Tickets for the performance will also allow fans to hear the missing parts I, IV, V & VI of OMD's Dazzle Ships musique concrète composition from 1983.

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