ORCHESTRAL Manoeuvres In The Dark are at the Olympia in Liverpool next month celebrating 40 years since their genre-defying album Architecture and Morality was released.

The Wirral-born electronic pioneers - Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys - are at the venue on Tuesday November 23 as part of a UK arena tour, performing hits from their legendary back catalogue.

Released in 1981, Architecture & Morality - featuring OMD's iconic use of the Mellotron and choral samples - resulted in international critical acclaim and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

The three singles from the album - Souvenir, Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans - all reached the top five in the UK singles chart and sold a total of eight million copies combined.

It was an album that further solidified OMD as the Kings of the synth-pop world.

Meols-born Andy McCluskey said: "The success of Architecture and Morality took us all by surprise.

"Once again we had followed our raison d'être of changing musical style, but we seemed to have really hit upon a sound that resonated with a wide audience.

"The three singles Souvenir, Joan of Arc and Maid of Orleans all went top five in the UK.

"To this day they remain the Holy Trinity in the middle of our live stage performances and the audience reaction is always rapturous."

Ahead of the tour, the three singles have been released on 12" coloured vinyl.

The vinyl contains a triple gatefold sleeve, silver-board and emboss detail as well as a download card.

A spokesperson for the tour's promoters said: "Strap in and prepare for nothing but the best from a band who are unquestionably still at the very top of their game."

Tickets for the tour are from https://www.aegpresents.co.uk/events/detail/omd-2