Two of the pioneers of British synthesiser music, OMD frontmen Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, will be appearing at Britain’s first Vintage Computer Festival (VCF). Held at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, McCluskey and Humphreys will play and talk on the Saturday of the two-day weekend event.
“This first VCF in Britain is attracting huge interest from participants and visitors alike,” says Simon Hewitt, VCF lead organiser. “Already in the line-up are Sophie Wilson – co-designer of the BBC micro – author Christine Finn, Tony Sale and other well-known speakers. There will also be displays from vintage brands such as Acorn World and Amiga user groups. Tickets have just gone on sale and we are anticipating large attendances on both days.”
On the Saturday of the VCF, OMD frontmen Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys will talk about their musical influences, style, and early career, which stemmed from the legendary Eric’s nightclub in Liverpool. There will be an audience Q&A, and they will play some of their best-known hits, as well as premiering a few tracks from “History of Modern”, the band’s first new album in 14 years.
McCluskey and Humphreys have been at the forefront of British pop music for over thirty years. As Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, they named themselves after one of their own early songs. They developed a unique style of intelligent, electronic pop melodies which led to a string of hits including Electricity, Messages, Enola Gay and Maid of Orleans. More recently the band has reformed to play live, appear with philharmonic orchestras and create art installations. Their new album, “The History of Modern”, is due for release in September this year.
“We are delighted to be playing at Bletchley Park and celebrating British computer history at The National Museum of Computing,” says McCluskey. “We all have our ‘geek’ side.”
Tickets to see McCluskey and Humphreys in the intimate Bletchley Park Mansion cost £20. Tickets are strictly limited and must be booked in advance from http://www.facebook.com/l/65956;www.etickets.to/buy/?e=4677 (Entry to the performance is separate from VCF entrance).
Tickets for the whole VCF weekend cost only £10 (excluding the OMD gig) and will be available separately soon. Members of TNMOC will have free entry to the VCF. Anyone can join TNMOC for only £45 at http://www.facebook.com/l/65956;www.tnmoc.org/supp-menu/membership.aspx and will receive a range of other benefits
Latest information about VCF: http://www.facebook.com/l/65956;tnmoc.org/39/section.aspx/124 and http://www.tnmoc.org/vcf-gb.aspx