THE Human League, once described by David Bowie as “the future of pop music”, will headline the Sunday bill at this summer’s Galtres Parklands Festival in Duncombe Park, Helmsley.
Best known for dance-floor anthems Don’t You Want Me, Love Action, Being Boiled, Mirror Man and (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Phil Oakey’s avant-garde electro-pop pioneers are credited with influencing the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Moby. They released their first studio album in ten years, Credo, in 2011.
Also confirmed for August 24 are corduroy-clad contemporary electro act Public Service Broadcasting, at present out of the country on an American tour with their combination of zeitgeist modern music and sampled voices and film footage from the past.
“Finding the right acts for the Sunday top slots filled last year by The Stranglers and The Undertones was never going to be easy,” says festival director James Houston.
“But we think The Human League are an inspired choice and will be hugely popular with our audience.
“They stand out both for their impressive back catalogue and contemporary recordings and will be complemented wonderfully by Public Service Broadcasting, the most exciting breakthrough electro act of the moment. It’s going to be a fantastic festival finale and a stunning end to our anniversary weekend.”
Protest folk stalwarts Levellers and folk big band Bellowhead will lead the Friday line-up at the North Yorkshire festival’s tenth birthday celebration, but the Saturday headliners are still to be announced.
John Otway, Martin Stephenson, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and York singer-songwriter Chris Helme are confirmed participants in the August Bank Holiday event.
• The festival will run from August 22 to 24. For ticket information, visit galtresfestival.org.uk